The broadcast jitters

My palms were sweating profusely. My heart was beating so fast that I thought it would burst out of my chest. I began to hear a loud ringing in my ears.

I stepped onto the set and was instantly blinded by the bright lights. I blindly took the microphone and heard Associate Dean Marcy McGinnis counting down in the distance.

“Three…two…one…”

As soon as I heard my teammates beginning the news cast, however, a switch immediately flicked on inside my head. The black spots faded from my vision; I could see clearly again. The anchors’ voices grew louder. I slowly inhaled and exhaled in an attempt to steady my pounding heart. As soon as I heard them mention the record-breaking temperatures, I knew that was my cue. I smiled brightly, took a deep breath in, and opened my mouth to speak.

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