The time I spent on the team didn’t just make me a better debater, but it made me a better person.

Amrita Chakladar

 

I come from a (very) small school in Arizona that was established in 2013. We didn’t really have a debate team so I always had to prep and learn by myself. When I joined the Club Team my senior year, I was apprehensive at first because I wasn’t used to splitting prep work and I was wary of the potential that not everyone may carry their weight. Within the first few weeks, I was proven wrong. My coaches and fellow teammates always produced consistently high quality prep along that was understandable and usable to all styles of debate. For once, I didn’t have to do all the work and not only did I get more free time for non-debate related activities, but also I was able to focus on building my own technical skill. The Club Team is a family, where coaches and students alike were sources of support and strength through building strong personal connections that reach beyond just debate.


Before I joined the Team I thought that DebateDrills was an elitist squad where all the time was spent on the best few debaters. I almost never admit when I’m wrong, but I’m very happy to say that this was one of the times that I was completely and totally incorrect. The time I spent on the team didn’t just make me a better debater, but it made me a better person.