#1 Why I Am Here

I am here because my friend told me about Whats the Story and it sounds fun. I am interested in exploring topics of my and others interest and sharing our research to hopefully influence people. I am very passionate about a lot of issues in the world, especially if it is hurting someone or something. I want to make a difference even if it’s just to one person. It’s also a really good way to get a history credit by doing something I’m actually interested in, because history in school is not my thing. I love team work and meeting new people, so this is a great way to enhance my people skills and maybe create new relationships. I am interested to see what others choose to talk about and to learn about somethings I was not aware of. It’s also a great way to connect myself with the greater Vermont community. I also really love public speaking, and if I do end up pursuing theatre later in life it will be great to have a lot of practice not just with acting in front of people but also genuinely speaking and presenting in front of people

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https://www.inc.com/brent-gleeson/20-tips-for-mastering-art-of-public-speaking.html

Anna McIntosh

3 Responses to “#1 Why I Am Here

  • Hi Anna,
    Good for you to be loving public speaking! Personally I enjoy it but it’s not usually my strongest attribute. I’m on the same page with you about history in schools, it’s just not really my thing. What are some of your ideas for topics? I’m still unsure about topics, and I’m also hoping that I’ll hear and learn about something that I wasn’t aware of. You mentioned acting in you post, have or are done/doing theatre.
    -Sasha

  • Hi Anna,

    I’m Bob Uhl, an English teacher at Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington and one of the coaches for What’s the Story. I wasn’t able to make the kickoff at Middlebury College, but I’m sure we’ll have a chance to meet at the next in-person get-together.

    From what you write here, it sounds like What’s the Story is going to be a great fit for you. You mention that you’re “passionate about a lot of issues in the world, especially if it is hurting someone or something.” I know what you mean. It can be hard to know that others are in pain when we have the potential to help alleviate it.

    I noticed you referred to WTS as “something I’m actually interested in,” and I think that’s key. I’d love to hear more about any ideas or interests you might consider pursuing as a topic for the course.

    Sasha pointed out your interest in acting. Last year, our WTS learners worked with a couple of actors at a few of our in-person gatherings. I wonder if it’s worth thinking about how your acting skills could possibly make their way into your work for this course. As for some of your other strengths–teamwork, meeting new people, and public speaking–I think you’ll find, if you haven’t already, many opportunities to put all of them to good use in What’s the Story!

  • Allison Stebe
    2 years ago

    Hi Anna,

    I am excited to be your blog reader for the next several weeks! There are so many possibilities for topics that you can explore, I am happy to be on this journey with you and read along. I really like that WTS is an opportunity to hone your interests, explore your passions and personalize your learning. I am confident this experience will influence your life beyond high school and leave a lasting impression.

    Hopefully you can integrate acting/performance into your WTS experience. While you will be learning from others, I am sure others will learn a lot from you. Can’t wait to see your next post!

    -Ms. Stebe

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