DUDL helped Adolfo learn to advocate for himself. He plans to apply to medical school in the near future!
My involvement with debate first began myjunior year at Denver West High School. WhileI was active in sports like track, soccer, andcross-country, I soon came to realize thatthere was something still lacking. These otheractivities exhausted me physically but neverchallenged me intellectually. Debate providedthat missing piece, and I know my high schoolexperience was complete because of it.
I made unforgettable memories in debate, and I looked forward to those tournaments every month. Spending time with other kids who shared not only my intellectual curiosity, but also my background, provided a save haven where I could thrive.Weekend tournaments were intellectually exhilarating, but also socially stimulating.Debate forced me to become more diligent and self-determined. Thanks to debate I learned and developed character traits and skills that no book or class could ever teach me. I know that without the skills I learned in debate I would not have been as competitive for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Even though the DUDL won't pay for my degrees, because of it I will be able to pursue almost any degree I desire, without the fear of having to incur massive student loan debt.
Currently I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison double majoring inBiology and Spanish. I give thanks to DUDL for teaching me what it means to be acritical and analytical thinker. This skill set will give me an upper hand when applyingto medical school in the soon-arriving future.
I am very grateful for DUDL because it has empowered me personally. DUDL taught meto advocate for myself, both in and outside debate tournaments. I know it has donethe same for many others, and I know it will continue to do the same for those whoare fortunate enough to have DUDL impact their life the way it impacted mine.
-Adolfo Valdez, Class of 2011
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