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Should I ask my professor if I can write an essay instead of presenting?

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Should I just email my professor explaining my social anxiety and ask if I can just write an essay or something instead of presenting? I've heard of this working for some people on here.

I know I'll probably feel pathetic for not just doing the presentation, but the stress doesn't seem worth it and it's not like I'll actually get anything out of doing the presentation.

Any opinions are appreciated :)
 

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Well really it depends how long it has to be and what kind of presentation is it? Is it group, power point, etc? If it is group and you don't have to speak much then do it. Power point definitely helps because for the most part people are looking at power point slides and not you. How long do you have to speak? As for me I have always gone through the presentation. I am just not sure how a teacher would respond to that request so I've never tried it. Also what would people think and say when they notice you didn't present? They could judge you and say well why didn't she present? Or they could judge and say well maybe she was too afraid to present. That is what I've thought about. When I come back to class what would everyone say if I skipped out on presentations. I also hate presentations though so I know where you're coming from . I've had my share of bad presentations. Luckily though this semester I only had 2. They were both group presentations and power point. I didn't have to talk a whole lot since the speech was divided between my group. Since I've begun treatment in February I've seen improvement so far. Hope things go well for you! And get treatment if you aren't already!
 

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Well really it depends how long it has to be and what kind of presentation is it? Is it group, power point, etc? If it is group and you don't have to speak much then do it. Power point definitely helps because for the most part people are looking at power point slides and not you. How long do you have to speak? As for me I have always gone through the presentation. I am just not sure how a teacher would respond to that request so I've never tried it. Also what would people think and say when they notice you didn't present? They could judge you and say well why didn't she present? Or they could judge and say well maybe she was too afraid to present. That is what I've thought about. When I come back to class what would everyone say if I skipped out on presentations. I also hate presentations though so I know where you're coming from . I've had my share of bad presentations. Luckily though this semester I only had 2. They were both group presentations and power point. I didn't have to talk a whole lot since the speech was divided between my group. Since I've begun treatment in February I've seen improvement so far. Hope things go well for you! And get treatment if you aren't already!
It's a casual type of presentation, 2-3 minutes long, and everyone will be sitting down at their desks in a big circle and you don't have to stand up to present. Even though it's not very high pressure, it's still really nerve racking for me because I know my voice will get shaky. And I hate to think of the fact that everyone in the class will know I'm shy after the presentation.

What kind of treatment are you getting? I want to get treatment but I'm not sure which would be best. I also don't really have enough money to pay for it, but if it works then it might be worth it.
 

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I think you should have a go at especially since it's seated and only in front of the class. I have really bad anxiety and have only skipped one presentation in my entire life. I never knew you could even get special consideration, which I might of done so had I knew. Although in hindsight now, I think it was better that I faced my fears even though my presentation skills did not really improve as for some people they do say it gets easier. Now if it was a presentation in a lecture hall or something in front of the a couple hundred then I'd probably back out if there was a chance to do so.
 

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That'll leave a bad impression you wouldn't want to make.This isn't the first case you'll be forced to do something "against your will" that makes you anxious and it won't be the last,you don't want to run from it every time,do you? Eventually you'll have to face that fear so why would you add in additional bumps in the road while you're at it?

Something about presentations - nobody cares about your performance aside form the professor himself,so I suggest you do your best to cater to him the most.
 

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I think you should have a go at especially since it's seated and only in front of the class. I have really bad anxiety and have only skipped one presentation in my entire life. I never knew you could even get special consideration, which I might of done so had I knew. Although in hindsight now, I think it was better that I faced my fears even though my presentation skills did not really improve as for some people they do say it gets easier. Now if it was a presentation in a lecture hall or something in front of the a couple hundred then I'd probably back out if there was a chance to do so.
That'll leave a bad impression you wouldn't want to make.This isn't the first case you'll be forced to do something "against your will" that makes you anxious and it won't be the last,you don't want to run from it every time,do you? Eventually you'll have to face that fear so why would you add in additional bumps in the road while you're at it?

Something about presentations - nobody cares about your performance aside form the professor himself,so I suggest you do your best to cater to him the most.
Now I feel even worse about the fact that I'm gonna skip the presentation tomorrow. I'm literally just not gonna show up. And I really don't have a choice at this point because I was supposed to read an essay about a Shakespeare play and then explain to the class what it's about, using quotes from it and everything. But there's no way I'm gonna be able to read it all and understand it enough by tomorrow morning. Oh well. I've learned. Next time I'll definitely try and just face it. Thank you guys for your help.
 

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Now I feel even worse about the fact that I'm gonna skip the presentation tomorrow. I'm literally just not gonna show up. And I really don't have a choice at this point because I was supposed to read an essay about a Shakespeare play and then explain to the class what it's about, using quotes from it and everything. But there's no way I'm gonna be able to read it all and understand it enough by tomorrow morning. Oh well. I've learned. Next time I'll definitely try and just face it. Thank you guys for your help.
What's done is done.This single presentation will have little impact on your life in the long run and at least you got it off your shoulders,so you should feel relief not worse.What's more imporntant is that you were able to realize that this is something you need to work on and you seem willing to do so.So get some ice-cream and call it a day :p
 

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What's done is done.This single presentation will have little impact on your life in the long run and at least you got it off your shoulders,so you should feel relief not worse.What's more imporntant is that you were able to realize that this is something you need to work on and you seem willing to do so.So get some ice-cream and call it a day :p
You're right, thanks. :)
 
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