The first part of the College Debate from June 1st through 3rd was an eye-opening experience. I absolutely loved the wide array of speakers who came to talk to us about different issues. The speaker I resonated most with was Dr. Syb Brown who talked to us about social media and its impact. I think she was the most influential speaker for me because she was relatable and helped me realize how I can channel my social media for a good cause. Her speech also made me realize that what we put on the internet is out there forever, or as she says: “Your sins can be forgiven but not forgotten.”
I’m hoping to use the Bring it to the Table exercise to my college this fall in preparation of the election. I think it is a good exercise to teach tolerance and acceptance of those who do not share the same political opinions as ourselves. Often times people listen to speak not to understand what someone else believes, so using this exercise to engage student voters will be beneficial in understanding the differences of opinions of students on my campus and how to respond to those with different opinions. College Debate pushed me to begin thinking of new initiatives I can bring to my campus this fall and I cannot wait to see what the second section of the conference teaches me.
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