It was a rewarding experience. Although nerve-wracking in the beginning, we overcame our nervousness and did quite well. Since it was my first time doing BP style debating, getting used to the structure of it was challenging. I feel like my debating improved more in those two days than the past months combined. Overall, it was just a lot of fun debating with some of the most experienced debaters across Asia.
What I really loved about the debate was the amount of adrenaline flowing through my thick blue veins every time I represent. It was like the sky was on my shoulders, or a sword piercing through my heart with the adrenaline repairing it just so it could be stabbed constantly, but not only in the finals, but in every single competition there was for me and my partner to debate on. Although we had a very rough time trying to figure out what to say in our positions, whether it was the prime minister, to the opposition whip, our chemistry in debating increased quickly, making other teams having a difficult time trying to make POI’s or have rebuttal points, whilst helping ourselves help win not only for us, but also this school.
I personally loved the ABC debate competition. Despite the admitted amount of necessary hard work, the competition is one of the most engaging and fun mental exercises that I have ever taken part in. The hard work is returned in the form of an interesting experience and (If you’re lucky) a sense of completion and accomplishment. I strongly recommend interest in this exhilarating championship.
Competing with students from all across Asia, on global issues for two consecutive days, did turn very intense and challenging. Over the course, by arguing and debating with other students, personally I felt my ability to evaluate diverse matters did narrow down to a much more critical level. Although my teammate and I only broke through to the quarter finals, we walked out feeling overwhelmed by the number of skills and confidence we gained, and geared up to tackle the next round!