Open Cloze Question

Complete the text below with the correct words.

As a teenager, I (1)______ to be very shy and introverted. I (2)______ speak up in class or social situations, and I (3)______ felt nervous when I had to talk to people I didn't know well. However, I (4)______ to change this about myself when I started university.

I (5)______ myself to join a club that focused on public speaking. At first, I (6)______ terrible. I would stutter and stumble over my words, and I (7)______ always feel like I was being judged by the other members. But I (8)______ to stick with it, and over time, I (9)______ more confident.

Now, I (10)______ giving speeches in front of large audiences. It's still nerve-wracking, but I (11)______ that I can handle it. Joining that club was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I'm (12)______ of how far I've come.