Hello DUDL community, I took part in DUDL in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, then moved on to graduate from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Ethnic Studies and Leadership Studies. Yes, Leadership. I was one of three people to be the first to graduate from CSU with a Leadership minor. I am currently attending the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law as a J.D. Candidate set to graduate in 2017.
It's been 5 years since I've been in a DUDL debate and I miss it like it was yesterday. But luckily I have chosen a career path that requires knowledge of skills that DUDL doles out like candy. Law school is difficult, but you already knew that. What you don't know is that what I learned from debating has made it a little bit less difficult than it needs to be. One of the classes I have to take is Legal Research. The majority of what I am being taught in that class I had already learned from debating. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get an A...Thanks DUDL.
The biggest contribution DUDL made is that it fostered in me a passion for social issues, particularly the issue of homelessness. It was the subject of the resolution the year I graduated, so I spent a lot of time researching homeless issues in the US. I could easily talk about it for the next 5 pages, but I won't do that. Even though I started with hypothetical plans while debating, I will be applying that knowledge soon in my work with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
It's like DUDL employed the Mr. Miyagi way of teaching. I didn't know it at the time, but my rounds of debating were much more than fun. I was being lead to right here and now.
Many hearts and rainbows to you,
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. 2255 East Evans Avenue Suite 406, Denver, CO 80210
Executive Director, Jessica Clark JessicaClark@urbandebate.org