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Everything posted by CloutCity2

  1. My school sends people to DDI every year and it's supposed to be super helpful for all skill levels. Don't worry, even people who are "bad" go every year so if you really think you're that bad at debate there wouldn't be an issue. Regardless of whether you think you're good or not, not going would mean that you'd miss out on some of the best policy debate instruction and interacting with some of the best policy debate minds in the nation. In addition to that, you get to meet people from all across the country, which is just the nature of a highly reputable debate camp. Not many people can get into DDI that easily, so I wouldn't take that for granted. On the partner issue, I would suggest that you should try to get a feel for your lab the first couple of days and see who you would best work with. And even if you end up being worse than your partner, who cares? You would get exponentially better over the summer and start winning more, which is what really matters. And if it bothers you that much, an easy solution would be to never talk to them again after camp ends (kind of joking but not really). Hope this helps
  2. I guess what makes me inefficient is not that I can't come up with answers or that I can't flow well, just that I write too much down. I think I have this weird fear that if I don't write something down I'll forget it even if its something simple like extending links on a perm or extending that I can do off the top of my head. I think practice speeches where I use less prep time + try not writing so much down will help. Thanks for the responses btw.
  3. Yea the part about the bids was probably outlandish...lol. If I can clear at a couple of national tournaments/state my senior year, even if that means I don't get bids, I'm totally cool with that. Thanks for the info.
  4. I should also clarify that the reason I don't only go for CP + DA is because this topic is trash and I hate politics scenarios.
  5. I've never posted on here so I'll try my best to explain my situation. I'm in my third year of policy debate at a pretty reputable debate school (not MBA level, but we usually have a team with a couple of bids every year). My team regularly competes on the national circuit and I've had aspirations to do so for a while now. However, I'm not that good at debate. Both the summer going into my sophomore and junior year of high school, I attended debate camp and I've worked pretty hard to get better since last spring (Spring of my sophomore year). I always liked debate, but I think somewhere in the middle/towards the end of my sophomore year I developed a real passion for it. What sucks the most though is that I am one of the worst on the team, and I see all my other debate teammates travel for national tournaments. So, why do I suck so much? Well I'm kind of slow at answering arguments off the flow (I've written blocks and found that they do help, and I plan to continue this, but I don't think it gets at the root of my problem). I usually spend 5-6 minutes of Prep time in the 2NC prepping just the off case I'm going for, which means I barely prep the case. I tend to debate well when I go for a CP + DA (I would consider myself a policy hack) but I SUCK at going for Kritiks. This along with some other issues has made me question whether or not I should switch to being a 2A since I do pretty well when I go for things I'm comfortable with (debating case in the 1AR is usually pretty easy for me + I've given a 2AC before and I found that I did pretty well) So I guess I'm asking for a couple of things: 1) I'm currently a 2N/1A. Do you think I should make the switch? Why or why not based on the info above? (if you need more context I can provide that) 2) Can I go from alright at debate to clearing at national tournaments next year (ideally a TOC bid or two)? I'm not saying that I want to be the best debate team in he nation, but being nationally competitive would be awesome. Again, if you need any more info I'm willing to give it to you. I just really don't want to give up on this activity.
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