Debate Helped Reuben Become an Attorney.
Before debate, I wasn't too sure what the future held in
store for me. I thought I might end up working in the
construction field like most men in my family. College
didn't seem like a realistic option.
During my junior year of high school, a math teacher, tired of my antics in class, saw underneath the jokes and sarcastic remarks, a student who maybe simply wanted to have his voice heard. She recommended that I attend a DUDL informational meeting.
Debate opened so many doors for me. I learned just as much in debate as I did in the classroom, if not more. Debate gave me the skills to turn my grades around, apply to, and receive the Daniels Fund Scholarship. Inspired by the power of advocacy I learned in the DUDL, I eventually become not only the first in my family to attend and graduate from college, but from law school as well.
The opportunity to participate in debate was crucial to developing the skills that made law school, and now my career as an attorney possible: analytical reading, argument construction, and critical thinking. Debate truly was a life changing activity for me.
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