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Competition Tips

Competition Tips

Hello NJ TSA! This is Kate Donnelly, your NJ State TSA Treasurer. As time is approaching for State Competitions, I thought I’d share some advice to help you get ready. I learned a lot about time management during my first year competing. It is easy to underestimate the size of some of the projects and time it may take to complete something you haven’t done before. And even if you have already handed in projects for pre-conference judging, you will likely still have some work to do to prepare for the onsite events. Managing your time well between now the State Competitions will help relieve some stress and ensure you are prepared to show your best.

Here are some tips I thought might be helpful to you:

  • Check requirements on proper TSA attire and make sure you have the correct blazers, skirts, pants, and ties. It can be stressful running around malls at the last minute trying to find something that is the right color and fits properly.
  • Review rubrics for how your project will be judged to ensure you are prepared to meet all requirements.
  • Practice any presentations ahead of time so you know what you are going to say.  Standing in front of judges can be intimidating sometimes, so the more comfortable you feel with your presentation, the more likely you will be to deliver it as best as possible.
  • Take note of any supplies needed to bring with you the day of the event. Also, it’s a good idea to bring any extra supplies for your projects in case of emergencies: spare parts, batteries, extra pencils, etc.
  • Relax and be ready to have fun!

Good luck from your State Treasurer, Kate!