In middle school, I was a failing student. I wasn't really interested in obtaining good grades because I lacked the motivation to do anything for myself. When I
entered high school, I knew I had a fresh start, one where I could do whatever I wanted.
During the same time, my 8th grade teacher, Mr. Munoz, started talking about creating a debate team. Although I was far from an outstanding student, Mr.
Munoz knew I had a passion for argumentation and being aware of the world around me. He quickly recruited me and began preparations for joining the debate league.
I remember flooding myself in briefs that were all pertaining to space exploration. I learned about the ethics, the environmental implications, and the potential political outcomes of space exploration. My mind was a sponge that could link together issues from all over the spectrum. After my first debate, I noticed that I was becoming a better reader, speaker and thinker.
School became a breeze. Paying attention became vital as topics discussed in the classroom appeared more and more in debate. There were several instances where history, literary works, and even biology knowledge came as an advantage during a round. I became a 4.0 student, a complete turn-around from the student I was in middle school.
Now in my senior year of high school, debate has been an integral feature on my resume. From listing my awards, to demonstrating the leadership I exercised because of debate, it has all helped me immensely in my college application process. I was admitted to the Yale Class of 2018, and I intend to enroll for the fall of 2014. I can't imagine my high school career without debate, and a large part of my success can be attributed to my involvement with Denver Urban
-Viviana Andazola, Class of 2014
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. 2255 East Evans Avenue Suite 406, Denver, CO 80210