By: Jennifer Mogensen
Some say it is a great quality to posses and some say it is a curse. In either case, I just can’t shut-up.
Since I was a child, I never had a problem with public speaking. I was never embarrassed to express myself. My parents often had to remind me to give others a turn in conversations.
I love words. I love to talk. I love to be expressive.
I starred in every school play. I was the lead speaker of my high school debate team and honor society. The larger the audience, the more I liked it. No fear here! My newest venture takes me into live broadcasting. Watch out!
So, the quandary?
How do I give others a turn?
I attended the University of Buffalo back in the early 1990’s and I majored in linguistics. Perfect! I can, or at least used to, speak four languages. Here I am again, in yet another field that allows me to use my voice.
This class, as well as the other four courses I am currently taking beg for participation. It is part of the grade. I love to participate. Do you?
When a professor asks a question, my hand goes up before I even formulate my answer. I love to converse but don’t you want your turn? After all, we are all students striving to learn.
Silence makes me uncomfortable, so I talk. Perhaps I talk too much.
Consider this an apology and by all means, interrupt me!