Student Voices – Danielle Tamkin (CX Debate)

Danielle is a junior who has been deeply involved in getting novice team members ready for their first tournaments.

What have you been doing to help novices get ready for the start of the novice season?

We are really excited to be working with so many novices this year. On the debate side, our main goal in preparing people for tournaments is to practice what it is like to be in a debate. This is through a variety of activities such as watching some of our varsity members debate each other, giving their own practice speeches, and having full length Lincoln Douglas and Policy debates. This will hopefully help our novices figure out good ways to answer arguments, and also just get a sense for what a round will be like. As a novice, your first debate is always super hard, partially because you don’t know what to expect, so we hope that we are making it easier.

Practice debates and discussions are also a great way for us to help our novices start to think about our cases and come up with arguments and answers to various points. The LD topic right now is asking whether military service should be compulsory, and the policy resolution for this year is about education reform. In policy (which is the event that I do) we have been talking our case which centers around the efficacy of our education program compared to other countries’, inequality in access to good education, and whether or not the federal government should get to regulate education at all.

Our novices seem to be getting the hang of it (even though it is very challenging and can be super overwhelming) and we can’t wait for them to have the opportunity to compete and have the full speech and debate experience!