I did not participate in debate or moot court in high school, college or law school, and as I reflect, I think it would have been incredibly beneficial for me to have had this experience.
Through my involvement with SVUDL, I have had the pleasure of observing firsthand how influential debate can be in accelerating a student’s growth and development. Debate promotes strong communication skills, the ability to think and speak “on your feet” as well as self-confidence, which, as I’ve learned during my career and life in general, are invaluable attributes to possess.
I think it is great that SVUDL provides young people with these opportunities when they are in high school, which based on my own life experience was right about the time that having these “soft skill gifts” would have emboldened me even more as I approached going to college and transitioning into young adulthood.
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