I finished up my finals for the semester this past week, and now I'm wonderfully free for the next month, until the summer session begins. Last week was incredibly stressful, what with having to write a final speech, study new concepts for statistics, and study for a cumulative statistics final. I had a topic all planned out for my final speech, then as I was outlining it, I realized it wasn't going anywhere, and so I changed to a very different topic for an informative speech--the possible benefits and dangers of fluoride. Fluoride sounds like a pretty dry topic, but I found researching it incredibly fascinating. Of course, all the research was done last minute, but I was able to find loads of relevant information. It's actually something I'd like to look into a little more...it is also personally relevant, because I have a very mild form of a condition called fluorosis on my teeth, which is a sort of mottled discoloration, and that's caused by fluoride (and it's permanent!) and has actually become an increasing problem in the US.
Anyway...the speech wrote up surprisingly quickly, and despite a lack of practice, I delivered it without making too many blunders. I did discover, however, that I cannot say the word "mouthwash"--it came out like "mousewash", and as soon as it came out if my mouth, I had to stop talking to swallow my laughter. When I'm nervous, I tend to fumble with my words, which isn't embarrassing to me so much as it is funny, unless I say something really weird!
Overall, I'm just happy to be finished. For now, at least! Public speaking and statistics were two of my most dreaded required classes, and I am incredibly relieved and grateful to have survived them both and gotten them out of the way!
Oh, and I've been planning a few different vlogs! Since I had to film my speeches, I got more used to making videos with my camera as well as editing them, so I'm more confident with that and with speaking in front of a camera. I'd love to do a sort of Q&A video for my first vlog, and I am looking for questions! So, if you have anything you'd like to ask me, just about anything at all, whether it's personal or whatever, ask away! You can submit questions either in the comments, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll try and answer every single question if I can!