I have five years experience in debate, but my strong suit is extemp. Debate should be as fun as it is rewarding. Those that argue their points clearly and effectively will get full points, but may not win. I think that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is the most important part of growing and learning. If you can already articulate your points without passion then that is an amazing skill that will benefit you for your whole life. If you can articulate your passions without following the rules then you have my respect. Good luck, stay safe, and have fun. Millie N.