SCRIPT: THE JITTERS [Nov 6, 2019]

SCRIPT: THE JITTERS [Nov 6, 2019]

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Voice:            Conversation one

Alan:            How did your interview go?

Pam:             I don’t think I did very well at all.

Alan:            Don’t worry. I’m sure it’ll be fine. Everybody feels that after an interview.  When will you know the results?

Pam:            Ummm … end of next week.   

Alan:            That’s pretty soon. Will there be another round of interview?

Pam:              I don’t think so. They’ll probably choose the two successful applicants next week.  There were eight of us at the interview, but I got the jitters and messed up.

Alan:             What happened? 

Pam:             I don’t know either.  Suddenly my mouth went very dry and I felt cold and started to shiver.  I was so nervous that I stammered throughout the interview.

Alan:             But that’s unlike you. You’re one of the most confident people I know.Were you feeling unwell that day? 

Pam:              No.  I just suddenly had a panic attack while waiting for my turn. I did feel a bit better when I got into the interview room, but my hands were shaking so badly that I’m sure the interview noticed it. She was really kind though, and kept reassuring me. Well … I’ve done my best and we’ll see how it goes.

Voice:             Conversation two

Ginny:           No way! What happened?  You’re the best swimmer in the team.  You should have been first in the breast-stroke race!

Liam:             I don’t know!  We were doing our warm-ups when I suddenly got the jitters and felt very anxious. My confidence just went down the drain, and my legs went limp.

Ginny:            Did you feel sick?

Liam:            No, nothing like that.  I just got the jitters.  I’ve felt like that once when I had to give a speech in front of the whole class at   school, but never at a swimming competition. This is horrible.

Ginny:           Don’t be so hard on yourself. It happens to everyone.  We all get the jitters sometimes.  I am sure this was just a one-off thing. If you get the jitters again, just relax, close your eyes and take a deep breath, and you’ll be all right.    

 

END

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
THE JITTERS [Nov 6, 2019]

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