DALLAS URBAN DEBATE ALLIANCE
April 25, 2011
In school people have always told me "College is important... You need to go. Without college you don't have much of a future." I always heard about how important college was in the role of life, but I never truly imagined myself attending college. I always hated school. I was really shy, barely getting by in all of my classes, a big procrastinator. That changed once I got to high school and I heard about the debate team. So one day I decided to stop by the debate room to see how it worked. I thought it could be a really fun extra curricular to do in my free time. "One tournament," I thought to myself, "And if you don't like it, hey you didn't lose anything from giving it a try." So I prepared for about a month before the first tournament. Once the first tournament rolled around I was so nervous. Being as I was a shy person and I would have to go up and speak in-front of people, I didn't know if I was really going to go through with it. As soon as I got up there to the podium, I just started going care free, I knew I was ready so I was no longer worried. Throughout the debate I used all the strategies my team taught me. At the end of the round when the judge announced that I won, I can't even begin to explain what I felt. It was incredible. Ever since that day, I have been fully committed to my debate career. I owe all my thanks to DUDA and everyone who has supported our tournaments, and made all my dreams come true.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Not only have I gotten the joy of saying I'm a winner, but I can also honestly say I've been more involved in school, all of my grades have gone up, I'm not shy to go up in-front of a crowd or in-front of my class and I am 100% positive I will be going to college. Without the debate team I would probably have never fulfilled my full potential.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would not change anything about this organization, it is ran very professionally.
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How did you find this group?
Through my school's debate team.
What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?
Going to college most definitely.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & I was a debater the 2A and the 1N.