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Many college students choose a major area for college study because of a good experience in that subject area while in high school. Someone going into history probably enjoyed a high school history course. Someone else majoring in home economics may have had a similar experience in high school home economics. My major in college was speech, yet I did not follow these assumptions. I never had a speech class in high school. There was one offered, but I was not interested in public speaking. I kept tabs on the course through a friend who took it and I never regretted omitting speech. My high school impression was that there must be a more interesting way.to teach speech than the traditional speeches which inform, persuade, or demonstrate. By the time I entered college I had refined my original impression to a belief that there must be something more relevant to speech communication than public speaking. I questioned myself as to how often I would be in a public speaking situation later in life.
Miller, Linda M., "Student Reaction to a More Personal Approach to Speech in a High School Speech Course" (1971). Honors Theses. 812.
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