Before joining the IA, as many students, I was afraid of public speaking, I didn't saw it as I talent I possessed. Now, I can say with confidence, I am fairly good at it. Having done a TED Talk and two POL's, I've developed as sense that avoids nervousness and enables me to articulate my speech during my presentation.
Moreover, some other things stood out to me. First of all, the most common feedback I received was "It's impressive how much you know about your topic" or "You are an expert on your topic". In terms of knowing our topic, we did something really important. We both knew that we knew about our topic. Mr. Topf knew that we knew about our topic. Our peers knew that we knew about our topic. But we managed to convince the audience that we've become experts on our topic, and being able to convey and express this knowledge is something really important. I've also improved tremendously in terms of enunciating while speaking. What I would want to remark about this is that before I changed my way of learning, I had a view on public speaking as if it didn't matter if I was weak on it. And a similar view on everything related to english. I thought that because I was going to dedicate to something more related to maths later, my skills on these fields wouldn't matter, and I could still be successful having weak speaking and persuading skills. Now, after doing valuable work and receiving honest and critical feedback, I can identify the importance of acquiring this skills.
Moreover, I also have some things to improve on, and being the chance to identify those is an opportunity not many students face. One of my areas for improvement is being conscious that every media I insert to my POL will have an effect, that's why everything needs to be purposeful. One of the experiences we spoke about, didn't tie completely to our theme. Even though the story was powerful, the fact that it was the only one that didn't connect to a theme, made it supernumerary. Also, we had issues with a soundtrack, which kept on playing instead of stoping at a certain time, and that was disturbing .
All of these are just some more reasons that make me prouder of having made the choice to join the IA.