There were at least sixty of them, far more than expected.
I had thirty weeks to teach them the basics of public speaking. I tried my best to blend in and give the impression I was silent by choice.
I learned from my opponents and adapted my style through the hundreds of rounds I lost.
With discipline, I drilled, repeating a single speech dozens of times until I got it right.\r\n\r\n Day by day, I began to stand a little taller and talk a little louder both inside and outside of debate.
I was captivated by how confidently the debaters spoke and how easily they commanded attention.
I knew that this was the path forward.\r\n\r\n Of course, this was all easier said than done.
By broadening her initial anecdote and having the majority of the essay focus on her reflections and takeaways, we were able to spend even more time learning about Callie.","Through her writing, Callie allows the admissions committee to better understand her approach to learning new perspectives.
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In a few months, my blood no longer froze when I was called on in class.
I found I could finally look other people in the eyes when I talked to them without feeling embarrassed.