catchphrase she would tell my partner and me at our speech and debate practices. No matter how
much we would tell her that she is wrong, she would sternly reply to just follow what she said.
When I started to stop copying what she said I learned to start thinking for myself and saying
what I believe.
This past summer I qualified to attend the national speech tournament by competing in a
local district tournament in Wyoming. Before attending the district tournament, my coach made
it seem like it was the paramount of all tournaments. In the weeks leading up to it, we had
practiced every day after school, spending nearly four to five hours per day doing …show more content…
Even though we
were not as prepared as other students attending, we debated better than we ever had before.
In our first debate we walked into the cold hotel room and sat at our appropriate table
very close to our opponents. The room was silent and our judges made no remarks. Our
opponents started to speak and I had a feeling of fear that shudder throughout my body. They
were speaking wonderfully and I could tell that they had a lot of experience debating. Suzie did
not seem phased by this, which helped to increase my confidence throughout the debate. Even
though our opponents were very well prepared Suzie and I held our own and fired back at our
opponents. We were able to do this because we both bought into what we were saying and we
were passionate about it. We were able to share this passion with our judges. Instead of
depending on our coach, we finally thought for ourselves and it proved to be effective. In fact,
Suzie and I were one win away from making it past the preliminary rounds, which was an
enormous feat because about 25% of the competitors made it past prelims.
Attending the national tournament taught me a lifelong lesson to question