Amid fluttering streamers and electric guitar, one by one, 15 students who had sucessfully completed CMN112, Mercer's highly transferrable Public Speaking Course, and hungry to show off their new skills, crafted humorous and very touching messages for the crowd, including: "Don't Rush to Choose a Major," "Go at Your Own Pace," "Never Let Anyone Tell You You Can't Do Something," and "Mercer is a Wonderful Place to Get an Education, With People Who Care About You -- So Long as You Get Involved in Your Education!
students spoke about how to battle nervousness, or invented magical solutions
to problems like low volume, eye contact, etc. The big message of the
day, was of course, "JUST DO IT!." Take CMN 112! The public
speaking course that, according to Prof Kathi Paluscio, "..is not
about the speeches, but more about studying how to be an ethical and successful
communicator in all aspects of your life. In this economy, and battling
the stereotypical perception the world has about community college grads,
all our students need this competitive edge that will help them rise above
the competition for jobs and increase their success with personal and
social relationships. This is one class you don;t want to skip -- and
here are 15 veteran students who put in hours and hours of volunteer time
just to bring you that message."
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