Coming from a small school that only offers no more than your basic general education courses some times has its disadvantages. I was never offered courses such as Psychology or Communication. So when I came to college and got put into an Introduction to Debate course, I didn’t know what to expect because I never had a Debate class before. I would have to say though that it has definitely been an experience learning how to argue with people in a debate such as Parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas formats.
Debate has taught me not only how to argue in a scheduled format, but also about the history of debate. Speaking in front of the class still isn’t my cup of tea, but I think I am getting better at it. I don’t think we had the best teacher for the class, but I think Professor Hillman did the best he could to teach the class with his style of teaching. I learned things about debate I never knew before, so I have to give him that. It was an experience that I won’t forget, because people debate every day of their lives.