Following the speakers, we also participated in brief workshops discussing climate change initiatives, immigration initiatives, and different apps that we can use in our college areas to try and involve more students in political engagement. At the end of the day, we broke off into groups according to what regions we had traveled from to discuss how we were going to make this long distance relationship work. How were we going to work together while miles apart to make this initiative to get students to care about politics work? We brainstormed for an hour and created three different plans, one for the next month, one for the next two months, and one for when we got back to school. It would be difficult but if we wanted to make a change we had to be innovative and determined.
The focus of “College Debate ‘16” was not at all what I expected but it is what I needed. The focus and concentration on redefining what it means to debate is something our generation desperately needs. We need to be reflective, informed, reasonable, and most of all civil. Those aspects of debate are becoming increasingly challenging due to technology and the media but the change is going to start with us. It was amazing that “College Debate ‘16” was able to take an already politically active and motivated group of people and inspire them even more to want to generate a movement and I truly believe that a movement is what will come of this.
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