We had our first debate of the season today. I wasn’t sure if I was going to come back to debating this year, but when my amazing team from last year all said they were going to, I knew I couldn’t say no.
When you finish debating for a year, you kind of forget about debating. Well, you don’t forget about debating as such, but you forget about the thrill. The nervousness in the prep room. The million thoughts an hour running through your brain. The disappointment at losing the toss or getting your second choice of topic. The rush of adrenaline as you get up to speak. The anger when your well thought out arguments get rebutted. The hilarity when the other team says something irrelevant or plain idiotic. The butterflies when the adjudicator stands up to speak. The bonding over disgusting sandwiches. Debating is possibly the biggest rush of emotions you can experience in a two hour period.
It’s best, of course, when you win, which we thankfully did today. Our topic was one close to my heart that could have ended in tears had the toss gone the other way. Luckily, we were negative for “Maths should be a compulsory HSC subject” as both our fourth speaker and I don’t do maths. We came up with some awesome arguments, but I must admit my favourite part is always when I get up and get to spend six minutes tearing the other team’s case to shreds. I especially love doing this as the negative team as no one can rebut what I say.
As most of you know, I also public speak, and public speaking season is fast approaching. As much as I do love public speaking, I think debating will always hold a dearer place in my heart. With debating, whether you win, lose, get outraged with an adjudication or get a brilliant/awful topic, it’s all with a team. My team are three of my very good friends, so sharing those emotions with them is a brilliant experience. Sometimes, public speaking is very lonely, because even if friends are there, they’re always your opposition. It’s a lot more nerve-wracking and disappointing when you’re all by yourself. Sure, when you win you get the added bonus of knowing you did it all by yourself but the victory just isn’t as sweet without friends to celebrate it with.
But still, in weeks to come I will be putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and writing a speech or three for various competitions. I will have fun with them, but I know for a fact that I’ll have much more fun at my upcoming rounds of debating (especially since next round is The Media).
frangipani princess xoxo