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William Boas ENG 111: Reflective Inquiry 28 August 2010 Effective Title The third Tuesday in April was always a big day at Westlake High School. Well, maybe not for everyone. But for me, it marked the passing of another year, another speech. I had been the incumbent class treasurer ever since eighth grade and I was now a junior about to run for senior class treasurer. It was almost a label for me. Anyone I didn’t really know particularly well could simply drum up a conversation about me being the treasurer as if it were nothing. The only deterrent from the whole situation was the dreaded campaign speech. A speech in front of my entire class brought about sweat, nervous breakdowns, last minute restroom stops and more. Who knew a person could be so stressed out about such a minute little thing. Back in high school, I was the class favorite, the nice guy. Over the years I was victorious in elections against the class untouchables, including the jocks, workaholics, and socials that all wanted and deserved the position way more than I did. But it was a forgone conclusion that I was going to win, and I took that approach as I prepared my speech. I didn’t prepare one. In the past, I worked long and hard to write a persuading and well thought out piece of literature depicting why I should keep my position. I didn’t need to do any of that. I had to think about who this speech was going to be delivered to: a group of hundreds of teenagers in a hot auditorium that really didn’t care about what I had to say. They already knew in their minds that they were voting for me, they needed no convincing. I knew first hand because numerous people would always tell me that afterwards.
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Patterson during the Spring '07 term at Miami University.

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