Joining the DebateDrills Club Team provided a team that I lacked at my actual school. Many small school debaters know this feeling: there are only one or maybe two people from the school contributing to circuit prep, and there is almost no motivation or guidance to constantly continue to prep. This team addressed that. Now with teammates across the country, I was not only exposed to arguments in my region but everywhere else, and felt like I belonged in the community. I would highly recommend joining if you have the opportunity to do so.

Kirk Wu

Columbia ’21
Reached Elims at Loyola 2016, Voices 2016, Alta 2016, Berkeley 2015, and CPS 2014

 

I was in the DebateDrills Club Team for a year, and it helped improve my debating immensely. Coming from a small school that lacks a circuit team, I was lost on how I could ever beat other debaters with numerous coaches and teammates who can prep for nearly every position on the circuit.

Joining the DebateDrills dropbox folder, shared by qualified coaches and several debaters across the country, alleviated this problem significantly. Paras would consistently organize the folder, making sure that all of the documents were correctly named and easy to find during rounds. He would guide the direction of our prep, ensuring we would be ready for numerous positions that can be ran against us. He would encourage us to always read the literature and create card files, allowing us to not only be the ones following the argument trends but the ones creating them.

Most importantly, joining the DebateDrills Club Team provided a team that I lacked at my actual school. Many small school debaters know this feeling: there are only one or maybe two people from the school contributing to circuit prep, and there is almost no motivation or guidance to constantly continue to prep. This team addressed that. Now with teammates across the country, I was not only exposed to arguments in my region but everywhere else, and felt like I belonged in the community. I would highly recommend joining if you have the opportunity to do so.