I found I could finally look other people in the eyes when I talked to them without feeling embarrassed.
My posture straightened and I stopped fidgeting around strangers.
My start was difficult, and I stuttered more than I spoke in those first few weeks.
Nonetheless, I began using the same tools as I did when I learned to speak all those years ago: practice and time.
For better or for worse, I decided to finally make my voice heard.\r\n\r\n Scanning the school club packet, I searched for my place. But then, I sat in on a debate team practice and was instantly hooked.
I was captivated by how confidently the debaters spoke and how easily they commanded attention.
Given what he shared in his essay, we can imagine Jerry being an active participant both in and out of the classroom.","Jerry’s essay helped the admissions committee understand his background and how he persevered and grew through debate.
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It took six years of tongue twisters and complicated mouth contortions in special education classes for me to produce the forty-four sounds of the English language.\r\n\r\n Then, high school came.
I was sick of how confining my quiet nature had become.