Student finds speech class “very rewarding”

UT may only be three weeks into the semester, but local student George Kaplan is already sure that he will learn “like, so much” in his speech class.

Kaplan, a senior in classics, at first had doubts about CMST 210, a class which fulfills the oral communication general education requirement. He thought it would be boring and pointless and that he would learn nothing new. He thought it would be full of trite platitudes that are totally obvious to everyone who has ever spoken in front of three people before. But after the first week, he realized just how wrong he was.

Kaplan said, “The second day of class we spent the entire day talking about the importance of eye contact when making a speech. We learned why it’s important and how you do it. It was amazing. I never would have thought to do that.”

Since then the class has spent days devoted to standing up straight, knowing your material, showing up fully clothed, not making racist jokes, and not arriving drunk to a presentation—all things which he felt were extremely useful tips. He wished they would elaborate on the topics for even more days.

“I just feel like this class will help me more than every other one at UT,” Kaplan said. “I’ve learned more about public speaking in these three weeks than I have learned in three years being in my Jewish fraternity. It’s changed my life. My mom is just so proud of me, and my girlfriend thinks it’s sexy I’ve learned how to make eye contact now. It’s just overall very rewarding. I highly recommend the class.”

All writing and reporting by Penultimate Warrior.

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