The last time we heard from Susan, she was quizzing strangers in the airport about stuttering. Now, she just sent us some incredible news. Here’s the news in her words:
Hey Chamonix and Carl,
Hope you guys are doing well. I have something funny to tell you. So, I got into a grad school program, which I’m pretty excited about, and I’m most likely going to go. Part of the offer they gave me is that I have to teach a couple classes. Not TA, but actually teach my own class! And hold office hours!! I just think it’s majorly funny and exciting because it’s such a stark contrast from college, where I never, EVER even uttered a word in class. And these classes were tiny, usually about 10 to 20 people. When we had to read our work in classes, someone else had do it for me. It was awful.
Anyway, I had a phone interview with the program director before I was accepted, and I stuttered pretty bad, with all my stupid ums–I’d just been sick and hadn’t practiced for a week, and it really threw me off. In fact, I’m still a little thrown off from not practicing for a week. I feel like I’m just so prone to stutter that if I don’t practice constantly, my speech really gets bad. During the conversation, he asked how I felt about teaching and there was a later email exchange about it, too. I had to kind of sell myself a little, and I explained in a later email that my speech isn’t usually as bad as it was on the phone and I’ve been working on it, and that I would like to teach. Now I just hope I actually can!! Yikes!
Congratulations, Susan, on getting into grad school and for taking on the challenge of teaching a class! You refuse to be held back by stuttering and we love it!