By: Guadalupe Rodriguez
The Houston Urban Debate League debate season starts in 8 days and I still haven’t finished over half of the 6 cases I’m supposed to do. I have worked on them, but not in depht enough for me to make it to nationals. My biggest goal for senior year is not to graduate, not to go to college nor win a full ride scholarship (although it would be nice to have those) but to qualify for the National Speech and Debate Association national tournament next June. I know it’s a long shot, and as a matter of fact, I was keeping it a secret so that in case I didn’t fulfill this one goal I would’t be publicly shamed.
But now I’ve decided to publicly announce THAT I LOVE DEBATE. For a long time, I felt sort of ashamed of liking debate so much since my ambition outweighed my talent. I didn’t want to claim how passionate I was about debate because one of the old members from last year did that and I felt sort of bad when she didn’t do quite well at the end of the year. I wouldn’t have want to go through that embarrassment, however I feel that if I have this in public it’ll motivate me to actually try not to publicly embarrass myself and work harder to achieve what I want more than anything in the world.
I love debate and I hope I will do well in the first tournament of the year next Friday.
“Debate is life, the rest is just prep time”