There was a sense of anxiety as our class walked into the dark TV studio for the GD33 Peer Presentations. Faculty members and students sat rigid in their seats, casting their critiquing gaze upon us as if asking, “Are you prepared to be here?” We sat down and looked at the presenter who validated our fears. He issued us a challenge: Create a presentation on a specific complex topic (that he provided) and stand on stage to deliver it to the entire crowd. We only had 30 minutes to complete it… Would GD33 sink, or swim?
The Peer Presentations were definitely not what we expected. We had the assumption that once we got down to the studio, we were to sit down and be assigned a topic, which we would take back to class with an hour to work on it. Then we were supposed to go back down and present what we had to our peers (the current students, instructors, TAs and other staff). But this was not the case — we were deceived by everyone in the school.