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Public Speaking or Writing Class?

Question: I have a question concerning my schedule. Should I take public speaking or writers workshop? Writers workshop is a course my school offers that teaches you how to write college essays and essays in college. My schedule only allows me to choose one and I don’t know which one to pick.

I’m really bad at class presentations but I’m also nervous about writing college essays and I feel like I can’t do it by myself.

Which is more important or better and more suited for me? Thank you 🙂


In terms of “currency” with college admission officers, it probably doesn’t matter which of these two classes you take, so you should choose the one that interests you the most and/or which best fits in your schedule. But if you can’t make a decision and thus you want me to choose for you (something that “The Dean” really shouldn’t do without having a lot more info), I recommend the writing class. As you’ve noted, it will potentially help you with your application essays. And, above all, writing is a skill that you will desperately need as you go through college and beyond. Moreover, depending on what the class curriculum covers, you might even produce a creative piece or two that you could send to colleges as supplementary material.

While public speaking is also a valuable life skill, it’s something that you can develop through an extracurricular activity (e.g., debate society/forensics, Model UN, student government). Your speaking skills should improve (and your jitters subside) with experience, even without instruction. So “The Dean” casts a vote for the writers workshop.