By Zoe Hooper, Year 12HPH
Stress, fear, anticipation and nervous excitement are all were a range of emotions to describe the Year 12s when the EPQ presentations were looming before them. However, it is unfair to ignore the excitement that was born with the idea that we would be able to share our knowledge and hard work with our peers.
On the presentation day itself, we were buzzing with suppressed energy and angst, but I was continually surprised by how well we managed to hold ourselves together and handle the pressure. The students in the audience intelligently had to think of questions to ask so that the supervisors wouldn’t drill the presenter too mercilessly. Although thrown some challenging questions by the observing supervisors, it was heartening to see the students rally together to support the presenter – after all we were all in the ‘same boat’ of having to present at a given time during the day.
So in conclusion; yes the presentations were frightening, but with the right amount of stress, fear and excitement, we managed to survive it, and surprised ourselves – by dare I say, actually finding it an empowering experience….although obviously we are glad it is now over!