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post #21 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 10:31 AM
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I had to drop out of college as well due to SA. Lots of colleges require public speaking and speech classes to graduate. I was not able to do that. I had panic attacks anyone I had to present in class.


Im sure your smart enough to pass your classes you just need help with your social anxiety. See a Dr. or therapist may help. Don't give up though. You just need some support and advice / help.
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post #22 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 11:56 PM
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I had to drop out of college as well due to SA. Lots of colleges require public speaking and speech classes to graduate. I was not able to do that. I had panic attacks anyone I had to present in class.


Im sure your smart enough to pass your classes you just need help with your social anxiety. See a Dr. or therapist may help. Don't give up though. You just need some support and advice / help.
California requires one public speaking class. At least all the Cal States do. I took an online one that still had a few meetings to give the speeches. Think it was 5 speeches, so not so bad. I decided on "Interpersonal Communication" rather than "Public Speaking."

Other than that course I think I only had to give 6-10 presentations. Most of those were in classes I took for general ed. So it kind of depends on your major. I got beta blockers from the school clinic to stop the fight or flight response- fast heartbeat, sweaty palms, shakiness, basically freaking out. I still gave crappy presentations where I didn't look at the audience and just read my paper (which I know professors don't want you to do) but whatever. Usually they didn't give me too bad of a score for the presentation since they felt sorry for me I think.

Damn. Looking at the schedule of classes, now they don't even require in person meetings!!!

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California requires one public speaking class. At least all the Cal States do. I took an online one that still had a few meetings to give the speeches. Think it was 5 speeches, so not so bad. I decided on "Interpersonal Communication" rather than "Public Speaking."

Other than that course I think I only had to give 6-10 presentations. Most of those were in classes I took for general ed. So it kind of depends on your major. I got beta blockers from the school clinic to stop the fight or flight response- fast heartbeat, sweaty palms, shakiness, basically freaking out. I still gave crappy presentations where I didn't look at the audience and just read my paper (which I know professors don't want you to do) but whatever. Usually they didn't give me too bad of a score for the presentation since they felt sorry for me I think.

Damn. Looking at the schedule of classes, now they don't even require in person meetings!!!
Good job making it through the speech part of college classes. That was my problem. If I could go back in time I could have tried some medication like Xanax or Valium to relax me to get through the presentations. Or a shot of alcohol before hand! lol
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Yeah, I wish I'd known about benzos and beta blockers back in my school and college days ...
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Yeah, I wish I'd known about benzos and beta blockers back in my school and college days ...
I was lucky to know about them when I was in university. The presentation of my master thesis would have been hell without my buddy diazepam.

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I know that feeling. Don't give up. In the middle of my degree I nearly died and took a year off. I ended up graduating with a 2:1 in the end, and my attendance in my final two years was around 25%. The anxiety was ruthless and agonising. I don't think I looked a single person in the eye in one class during my entire time there. It looked for a long time like I was going to fail.

Don't give up. You will feel so incredibly proud of yourself when you graduate.

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I managed to get out of doing presentations right until the final day of university. As part of my final year project I had to present my work to an assessment panel. It was kind of excruciating and all I could think about was how weird my voice sounded. I did a master's after that and again I got out of doing presentations apart from one case where the school said I could record myself on video instead of presenting in the lecture hall. I did about three takes and on the third one I just stopped caring and carried on recording through to the end.
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I was lucky to know about them when I was in university. The presentation of my master thesis would have been hell without my buddy diazepam.
Diazepam was a friend of my quite frequently in my mid 20's and 30's as well. Works good. Unfortunately have a job that I am subject to random drug tests so I cant use it anymore.
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Going through this right now. I don’t want to give up, but my SA has been so bad, I just can’t handle it. I talked to someone who used to take a lot of breaks from college. It took her years, but she’s finally finishing with a decent job. Like the majority, I want to rush though everything but I’m realizing that taking a break can really help. Sometimes you need a break to figure things out.
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Due to a particular heavy year clubbing whilst consuming the essential recreationals, which was the law in the 90s, I jacked my degree in with about 5 weeks left to go.


No way could I be arsed to write a 40,000 word dissitation on quantity surveying. **** that I told the lecturer.


Two of my clown mates used to make me laugh at Uni when doing presentations, don't think I managed to finish any.

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