Well had to do a 5 minute speech this morning for a communications class. Hated every second of it. What is it with these liberal arts professors and projects about sharing "feelings?"
I hate professional development sessions where we have to do the whole touchy feely thing at the beginning. Once we had to pick a picture to show how we were feeling. I just walked up to the table and grabbed one. Of course I was asked to explain why I had picked it. I told them I didn't think I just collected something because if I didn't then I would be told to do it. They left me alone after that.
It was supposed to be a Symbolic Artifact Speech. We were supposed to discuss how the chosen artifact had an impact on our self-respect/self-esteem. Something I only talk to people with an M.D. after their name. I resent that my grade took a hit not wanted to keep my own secrets private.
What was the goal/aim of the assignment? Why did the prof. want your to share your feelings? Part of the goal for the prof. might have been to create an assignment that requires introspection, that asks you to look at your own responses to life and (perhaps) identify how your feelings may lead you to good or bad choices. You as the speaker had control of what you wanted to say and how you wanted to say it. The professor is never going to know if you actually HAD the experience (of course, I am guessing here; the assignment may not have had the goal of introspection); s/he just wants to be able to see that you can learn from your experiences, and (perhaps) that you can manage your emotions when you discuss your feelings.