I thought I should write about this event, 'cause it was a great experience for me, I learnt a lot from it, I had a lot of fun and made a bunch of new friends! It happened not so long ago, on the 20th of March.
The Speech Contest is basically a contest, where you can choose any subject you want, and you have to write a 4-5 minutes long speech about it. (4 minutes if you are still in high-school, or you are from beginner to intermediate level, and 5 minutes if you are advanced level - like myself.) Then you have to recite it in front of the judges and the audience, then you get three questions you have to answer. The first one is a yes-no question, the second one asks about an information only you can know, and the third asks to tell your opinion about something. Pretty tough.
One of my teschers was nice enough and held rehearsals for us, who decided to enter the competition. (About 5-6 people from the university she teaches at, and me.) We had rehearsals every week, sometimes twice a week for a month: we were listening to each other's speeches over and over again correcting mistakes and thinking about possible questions they might get. I was reciting my speech before I went to sleep and it was the first thing popping in my head when I woke up.
A week before the contest I was already so nervous I felt like I'm gonna die before I even step on the stage.
But strangely enough, my nerves went away in the morning of the competition: I was smiling all day, telling the others that it's gonna be all right, it's gonna be fun and they're gonna be great! And I was right! (^.^) One of my best friends, Zsani won the first place in high-school category. And me...
I WON THIRD PLACE IN ADVANCED-LEVEL CATEGORY!
Oh my God, I was so happy I felt like I can fly~
As a prize, I got a yukata. I wanted one for the longest time, so I was even happier when I unwrapped it, and saw that it's in a beautiful light pink color with purple, pink and red cherry blossoms on it, with some silver glitter-design. The obi that came with it is kind of a greyish-pruple, and it's beyond gorgeous, believe me!
You know, in the summer I work as a part-time yukata-model and hostess on events like AnimeCons or festivals...
and from now on, I can wear my own yukata to work! (^.^)