Starting college may have you feeling anxious about any number of things, especially speaking in front of new mates. Suppose you have to introduce yourself in a class, attempt to be as self-assured and friendly as possible. Keep in mind that a reflective introduction will make you feel more like part of the class. You’ll need to attempt to be personable and professional even if you’re introducing yourself to an online class.
You would want to make a good impersonation of your friends when you introduce yourself on the first day in class at your school or college. Wouldn’t you?
Though this article has been written with the introduction of a college student in mind, most points apply to the introduction of a K-12 (school) student as well. Wherever a point appertains strictly to a college student, a note has been added on what a school student can vocalize in that situation.
In this article, complete coverage of what to include in your introduction, a few do’s and don’ts, and two sample introductions in the end.
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What to incorporate in your introduction?
Is there a specific layout (for the introduction) to follow? The organizer, for example, may ask to append your name, place you belong to, and your hobbies in the inception.
If there is a layout, follow it, but feel free to progress into areas that aren’t included in the format if they provide a more veritable picture of yours.
You may include the following in your introduction:
1. The beginning
You can start with the apparent – your name.
But that’s a customary start. You can be bit unprecedented by starting with something bodacious to grab attention. You can follow the same approach to stand out among your classmates, most of whom would be following the standard ‘name first’ approach.
Speak clearly and blaring when you say your name. Everyone is probably a little nervous about being up in front of a new class at college, so remember that it’s alright to feel anxious. Instead of speaking rapidly and quietly, speak loud enough for everyone in the classroom to hear you and ensure that your words are understandable.
Tell the class something memorable about yourself. You can start with a distinctive experience or a peculiar fact about your city or your unusual hobby. The first specimen intro (later in the post) follows this strategy.
2. How to present a speech about yourself?
Though it takes a little more time to thrive an outline or introduction paragraph about yourself, you won’t have to worry about your mind going completely blank or awkwardly groping for words if you are prepared. An introductory paragraph about yourself doesn’t have to be very long either.
3. Which city you belong to?
The city you belong to. You may add on a sentence or two about the state and city as well if something is interesting to talk about. Maybe the city is known for historical monuments and its vivid cultural heritage. Maybe it’s known for natural resources.
And if you’ve lived in multifold cities, you may briefly mention the names and, as mentioned above, a sentence or two on the most gripping of them.
4. Where did you last attend
Which school did you attend for 10+2?
Are there any engrossing facts about the school? If yes, raise them. Maybe it was established quite a long time ago. Maybe your school has introduced a few famous alumni.
Explain your academic interests. If you’re in an initial course, you’ll probably have classmates who are majoring in different special subjects. In A nutshell, tell the class what you’d like to focus on academically and what you’re hoping to do with your degree.
If you’re a school student
A college student surely changes her/ his school, but a school student may or may not. If you’re persisting in the same school, you may broach how many years you’ve been in that school. But if your contemporary school is new to you, you may tell which schools you attended in the past.
5. What should be the duration of your introduction?
Limit your introduction to around 1 minute. If you’re in a huge class, you may not be able to spend very long introducing yourself. Plan on giving your introductory speech in under a minute, so you don’t feel rushed or spend too long talking. You might be able to give a more extended introduction if you’re in a small class that’s devoted to group work
6. What are your interests and hobbies?
Are you playing a sport? Hiking? Reading? Kite flying? Or something unusual, say bullfighting?
Go into attributes if you’ve pursued the hobby with crucial interest. For example, if you’re into reading, broach what category you read, your favorite books, your favorite author, and how reading has put an impact on you.
Don’t forget to mention your involvement in extracurricular activities in school, if you did. Don’t forget to mention any critical achievements you’ve had?
7. Which department have you enrolled in the college?
Unless you’re addressing the introduction to students who’re all from the same division, mention the department you’ve registered in. Are you enrolled in Arts, Commerce, Mechanical Engineering, Science, or Economics?
Discretionally, you may also broach why you picked the department you have. Was it because you prefer the field? Was it because it’ll help you attain your career goals? (Well, this may not put into you if you picked a division just because it is a favoured choice or you had no other actual options.)
If you’re a school student
You can talk about which genres (math, science, arts, commerce, biology, and so on) you’ve chosen or you intend to pick in future.
8. Do you’ve lucidity on interests/ goals you want to pursue in college and post-college career goals?
Do you want to join a specific club in college? Do you want to pick particular skills? Do you want to play a specific sport? Your aim could be related to the hobby you broached in point # 4, or it could be entirely new. If you’ve one, say so.
And if you’ve decided the career track you want to pursue after college; you can share it with your classmates. You never know a few of your classmates harbouring same career aspirations may detain you to be friends.
If you’re a school student
You may not have seriously assessed what career path you want to follow, but you can talk about your career aspirations. Some want to become an engineer. Some, astronaut. Some doctor. Some model. Speak out about what you aspire to become.
9. Where can you help others?
If you have a strength, others in your class can benefit from, feel free to share it. For example, if you’re right in dancing, you can offer to educate the ropes to anyone interested. If you’re strong in a specific subject that is part of your syllabus, you can proffer to help others in that subject.
If people know of your strengths, they’ll willingly approach you when they need help. This is a facile way to make friends in college. And if you think of providing assistance to others, it may be a time-waster, you should remember that you too may need help in areas where others are stronger.
This is also a sound stage – by offering help – to finish your intro. (See the first sample intro.)
10. Should I talk about my family?
Avoid it unless the layout of the intro needs you to talk about your family. You need to be specific in what your parents do and the class your sibling’s study in.
11. Should I talk of my grades in class 12?
You shouldn’t except particularly asked to as part of the intro. Top grades can lend an elitist air to your intro, even if you’re otherwise. Students may make a sense that you’re show offing your grades, even if you aren’t.
Remember, the primary goal of your introduction is to make friends, find people with divided interests.
If you’re a school student
Tell your grades from your previous class only if you’re anticipated to tell, which you can meter from others’ introductions. If you’re the first to go, circumvent mentioning grades unless specifically mentioned.
1. Listen to other intros
Listen to intros that come before yours. If you can mention to someone else’s point or two coherently in your intro, you’ll influence people around.
2. Practice, but don’t cram
People often go empty on some of the points of their introduction. Mark the crucial points. People get nervous when they stand up to speak. The best long-term way to conquer this is display to such speaking experiences. But in the abrupt term, practice what you want to say few times (don’t cram though) to raise your odds of speaking with confidence.
3. Appear confident even if you’re not
After the presentations by administrative and entrepreneurs (presumably confident speakers) as part of an executive program at Harvard University, Carmine Gallo, one of the judges, asked them how their presentations went. He heard the following comments:
“I was so nervous. I was trembling.”
“I forgot what to say about a glide.”
“I fumbled over my words.”
“I entirely lost my place.”
But, no one in the audience dappled those mistakes.
This phenomenon is called the spotlight effect, which in a nutshell means that people overestimate how much others are noticing their actions and appearance.
What’s the lesson?
If you’re nervous or you make a few mistakes, don’t let them clatter you. Most won’t even notice them. But if you let nervousness and faults overpower you, you may make a mistake or exhibit body language that will be noticed by all. And once you’re through the first one or two lines in your intro, your nerves will start relieving.
So, stay calmed and carry on. (To tell you the sincerity, many in the audience, wouldn’t even be listening to most introductions, as they would be busy silently rehearsing their lines.)
4. Make eye contact
Make eye contact with other classmates while speaking. Don’t fix your eyes on an intimate section of the audience. Move your eyes around.
I once spent a complete night in a thick forest with a friend. Well, this act was not to display how courageous I was, but it was forced on me by my foolishness. During a trip in [name of the region], a friend and I got too adventurous and strayed from our systematic route despite instructions to the contrary by our trip guide. We got lost. We lived somehow (that’s a story for another day), but I haven’t given up on my adventure fleck and love for the outdoors.
Friends, I’m [your first name], and I prefer the outdoors. I’ve been on trips in the Himalayas on multiple occasions. These outdoor adventures have also forced me to learn basic cooking. Well, I don’t brag of cooking dishes you’ll relish, but yes when you’re dying of hunger in the middle of the night, you can count on me. I also love cycling lengthy distances – 20+ kilometers in a stretch – and I can manage singing which some may find intolerable.
I’m from [name of the city]. It’s not a prominent place, but it somehow exists on the map. I’m excited to be in college, which is an entirely new stage of my life.
I anticipate having some fun, making friends, and studying critical skills in the next four years. If you’re arranging any outdoor event in the future, you can always count on me for help.
Thanks for granting me this opportunity to present and introduce myself.
My name is [your first name]. I belong to [name of the city] where I completed my previous schooling year from [name of the school]. Is there anyone here in my city? (Changes pin to engage with the audience.) OK, few.
I like watching movies, at least twice a month. I play badminton on weekends and chess whenever I get leisure time. I’m into reading romantic-thriller novels as well, Dan Brown being my favorite novelist.
I’m happy to step into a new life, which furnishes more freedom and where, finally, I don’t have to come in a uniform. Post-college, I aspire to work in the consulting industry.
I’m firm in Excel worksheets and creating well-designed documents and banners. If anyone requires to hold up in these areas, I’ll be pleased to help. I anticipate meeting each one of you in the incoming days.
Thanks. Have a great day ahead.