University of Chicago ’21
2017 TOC Champion + 3rd Speaker
2nd Place 2016 Voices Invitational
3rd place 2016 Greenhill Invitational
Drilling with Paras is why I won the TOC. I never could have done it without him and the hundreds of hours of drills we did over the 2 years we worked together. I was a debater from Arizona with no established national circuit LD program, so I know first hand what it feels like to be on the outside looking in. As someone who came from a school without national circuit LD resources, I really can’t highly recommend enough grabbing ahold of an opportunity to work with him or the instructor’s in the DebateDrills network if you are serious about improving at debate, no matter if you go to a “big school” or “small school”.
I think Paras understands debate at a deeper level than anyone else on the circuit. He is a subject matter expert at theory, util, and debate strategy. Drilling with him not only helped my technical skills on every layer, but Paras also made sure to push me on the other aspects of debate that I often forgot. He made sure I was persuasive, coherent, strategic and word efficient. Many other coaches can help you become technically efficient (although I'd still argue Paras is the best), but Paras goes the extra step and makes sure this tech can actually win rounds.
Given that I worked so much with Paras, I have many fond memories of our time together. He was a friend, mentor, coach, and big brother to me. However, of all the drills we did together, my favorite memory is this: right before the TOC, Paras and I drilled giving the 2NR against theory heavy 1AR's that put out 2-3 shells and created a short substance out. We drilled this strategy for about 5 sessions until I got it down perfectly. What makes this so memorable is because of how I got to implement it at the TOC. In round 6, Zoe Ewing read 3 1AR shells against me and quickly turned my Util NC. Unfortunately, right before I gave the 2NR my computer flow crashed. Thankfully, Paras had drilled my theory skills, and this 2NR with me so well, that I could give it from memory without my flow! The judge gave me a Win 30 and said it was one of the most impressive things he’s seen in debate.
The work I did with Paras was instrumental to my success. If you drill with him, do it seriously and work hard—you will improve, rapidly.