I have grown greatly over the course of this semester. I have grown as a person and as a writer. When the semester started, I don’t think I was the worst writer, but I definitely wasn’t a good speaker. I was a shy speaker who was very unconfident in what I was saying. I wasn’t good at presenting my ideas and I always felt as though I could do much better in the way I spoke and how I presented. I also felt as though I showed just how nervous I was as a speaker. I thought people could see my nervousness and it only made me more uncomfortable. Now, at the end of the semester, I feel like I have grown as a speak tremendously. I have learned to relax into my speaking. If I take the speaking too seriously, I seize up. So I have learned to relax. This has helped me tremendously in my confidence to speak. It has also helped me become more outgoing as a person in general. Now when I speak to someone I am just meeting, I have the ability to relax and have a better conversation with the person. I don’t feel like I have to watch every word I say for any kind of mistake. This has been very liberating for me. Even though I have improved immensely, I want to continue improving these skills. I feel like I have made great strides in this area, but I want to be better. I feel like I still have a lot of room for improvement and I feel like it is in reach. This is important to me as I feel like my ability to public speak will be one of my most important abilities in my professional life. I will need to communicate with colleagues and people within my field. To do this, I need to be much better at my public speaking, even though I have improved. However, I am happy to say that this class was a great first step in that direction.