As a normally shy student, who does not like to volunteer to talk in front of large groups
of people, the idea of submitting a proposal, knowing there is a presentation in front of strangers
in my future, is daunting. However, I decided to present at CAPTA 2016, and recommend that
you do it too. Here’s why:
- The chance to present at CAPTA is a opportunity that few students get in high
school. Successfully presenting at a conference (or maybe a few) is a great
experience to have before going off to college or getting a job. Also, presenting at
a conference looks great on college applications and resumés. It shows your
dedication to your school and writing center, as well as your drive to share your
ideas and help others.
Usually for school presentations, the topics are not subjects we are passionate
about; however, at CAPTA you get to talk about something you are interested in.
As tutors, we enjoy teaching others and are excited to share our knowledge, so
why not share your knowledge with other people who are just as passionate as
Going along with that, at CAPTA, you get to hear great new ideas from other
schools that you can bring back to your own center. For example, at the
conference last year, a school suggested that we hang promotional fliers on the
back of bathroom stall doors where people are forced to look at them. My school
hadn’t thought of that! We come from new and old writing centers, each having a
different perspective on problems. The CAPTA conference gives us a place to
share our different backgrounds and offer solutions to each other’s problems.
There are many of us who dislike public speaking, but the only way to get better
is to practice. Presenting at CAPTA is a fun way to get your practice in, and since
you aren’t getting a grade, it alleviates some of the stress that come with school
presentations. Besides, you will be in a room with tutors who are excited to hear
what you have to say and want you to do well, so it can’t really be that bad!
I hope this has inspired you to submit a proposal, and we look forward to seeing you at the
conference this year!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPTA Student Representative