Senior Presentation Advice Column

How should I prepare? What can I do to present my best?

Advice for the Underclassmen:

“Tell a story that means something to you. Don’t be afraid to let your personality come out in your presentation. You’re presenting to a room full of supportive people who want to hear something about you that they wouldn’t know otherwise. By the end, you won’t only feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, but you’ll feel an incredible sense of accomplishment.” -Sara Caywood ‘17

“Meet with your advisor in person to edit and practice. Also don’t be scared while presenting. Just pretend you’re telling the story to your friends. Even if you’re nervous in the beginning it will go away as you continue and you’ll feel comfortable on stage.” -Maria Laudico ‘17

“Make sure you pick a good teacher that you work well with to help on your senior presentation.” -Justine Rodriguez ‘17

“Start early so you have time to practice your presentation. Also practice by making announcements in the morning so you get use to standing up and talking in front of everyone.” -Dean of Students Dr. Sarah Sieczkarski

“Wait until senior year to think about what you want to present on. While they are important, senior presentations are hyped up as a momentous rite of passage in your SEM career white in reality it’s 4 minutes of something you will probably write the day before.” -Emily Broxup ‘17

Advice for the Upperclassmen:

“Make your senior presentations personal that is what pulls your audience into the story”  Mick Tesluk ’20

“I love when they are visual. Sara Caywood’s hula hooping while doing the Macarena dance after her presentation made it so memorable.” Sara Alraziqi ’20

“Talk clearly and loudly because it is very hard to hear from the back of the chapel.” -Julia Beck ’20

“Make it unique because this is your time to tell your school something important to you.” -Ariana Nieves ‘20

“I enjoy when they are funny because it is good to start the morning with some laughs.” -Lydia Abbott ‘19

“I think presentations should have an anecdote  to relate it to their own life because it makes it more interesting for the audience.” -Mary Curtin ’19

“Don’t be afraid if you mess up just keep going and visual reads of your presentation are always nice to have. It helps attract the eyes of the audience.” -Natalia Vaquero ‘18

“Keep it simple and easy going.” -Sophia Vaquero ‘19