I joined the National Speech and Debate Association for my junior year of high school and fell in love with the sport. It became my passion. I loved competing. I loved waking up at 4 or 6 in the morning to perform a speech I went over 100 times and I loved the friendships and families I formed out of it. So I asked my old speech and debate family some things they remember from their experience of what speech and debate were like for all of us. We came up with 25 things only speech and debate students would know. Get your cases out, get your timer out, adjust your blazer, smile at your judges, and let's begin.
This is what the bus ride to the tournament is for, right?
This is so you can conveniently nap anywhere in the school.
Yes. It happens.
It all starts with, "what's your speech about?"
It all starts with, "I absolutely love your outfit!"
The wall becomes your best friend.
When in doubt, when you don't know what else to say, IMPROV!
Or the amount of hard work we put into our speeches and cases. It's difficult.
Or laptops with republican stickers. There's always both.
If you know, you know.
12. Getting a trophy and feeling like it was literal gold and then forgetting about it the second you get home
I mean, come on, let's be honest here, some novice are pretty darn good.
Like, the judge doesn't care. It's not gonna give you more points. Bye.
Some people clap once, some people clap multiple times. It really depends on the school but it's always awkward when you don't know which one.
Nobody wants cheez its or Chex mix sometimes coach!
Disturbing the sleep you didn't get while on the tournament.
21. Getting told on the bus you're going to do an event because someone dropped and you are the only person that can fill even though you've never done the event before
I can control my tongue, but my face is another thing to compose
I personally always felt powerful walking up to the board and creating the t-chart.
Because food brings people together.
They are forever.