It is said that some people fear public speaking more than death. I do it for fun
When I first joined my high school speech team, I had no idea what it would lead me to. I played hockey and was in plays. I never thought speech would have the impact on my life that it did.
I wasn’t the most successful high school competitor. Illinois High School speech was ultra competitive and filled with great talent. I could never seem to overcome it. I would always finish 1 or 2 spaces out of finals.
I broke at my first tournament ever in the event poetry (I don’t talk about it anymore though). But that was it for my first year.
Sophomore year, I broke into JV finals 2 times. The first time I broke I got 4th in Oratory. And then, I GOT 1ST IN JV ORATORY. (Please excuse my closed eyes)
I never broke after that. I came close to qualifying for Sectionals my junior and senior year, but never did.
But, because of competing in high school speech, it created a passion and a love for the activity that overtook my love for acting and hockey.
My high school speech teams were the most “team-like” teams I was on.
So, when I came to Webster, I was eager to join the team.
And that sense of team, was still there.
That’s why I love forensics. While the events may be individual (or be 2 people), it is a team activity. The sense of team, support, and love you get from being and participating on a forensics team is unmatched.
Competing, and spending the weekend with your friends is so much fun. And it leads to so many fun stories, pictures, and inside jokes:
Forensics also gives you a platform to advocate and discuss the things you care about. Without forensics, it is hard to have your voice heard. But also, forensics can be a way to find your voice.
It has also allowed me to learn more. With events such as informative, persuasion, and extemporaneous speaking, we talk about current issues in critical lens.
Your forensics teammates become your family. You spend time together competing, working, laughing. The family aspect of forensics is another reason I love this activity.
When I played hockey, the animosity people had against certain players or teams for no reason bothered me. The language used in reference to others wasn’t nice to say the least.
The forensics community is also welcoming to all. We all support each other, and want the best for everyone (for the most part). During a round, the competition is fierce, but after we are all friends and support each other along the way.
I don’t know if I can adequately describe what forensics has meant to me and why I love so much. But if I to in one sentence, I would say: The individual awards are nice, but the real award is being on a team.