I always spent Christmas in church with my friends and families to celebrate
the birthday of Jesus. But last year’s Christmas was very special to me because
I was inside an airplane heading to go Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the WUDC
(World Universities Debate Championship) was held.
After 8 hours of flight,
the members of the Chung-Ang University Debate Society(CUDS) arrived in Kuala
Lumpur International Airport. The weather was so hot although it was December.
On our way to the hotel, we were full of admiration because the buildings were
higher and more beautiful than the buildings in Seoul.
competition, we had time to watch the practice and master’s round. They did
really well and that made us more nervous because they were really good!
December 29th. Finally the First round started. After a random draw, we met
Auckland and Cambridge Univ. I had a hard time completing my 7 minute speech
which is given to all debaters. I really wanted to go back to Korea even though
8 rounds were still remaining. And as expected we got 4th out of 4 teams. Second
Round, we met easier teams than Round 1st because of Power-Match. However, it
was still difficult for us to get a good score. The biggest problem for us was
not our English Skills but lack of discussion culture.
But do you know this
idioms “Heaven helps those who help themselves.”? We started poorly but as
rounds passed by, our debating skills got up and up. Eventually, our CUDS’s
members got better scores.
After 9 rounds, we were all exhausted but we were
proud of ourselves. We did our best in the competition and we tried competing
with people who use English as their mother tongue.
From the debate, I
learned many things. As I grew older, my thoughts wasn’t flexible but after I
started debate I am proud to say that I don’t worry about this problem anymore.
And debate makes me think about issues all over the world.
Why not joining
the CUDS? It is an great opportunity to travel and compete in competitions
abroad and it will help in many ways!
* To join ‘CUDS’ visit our cyworld
By Haenim,Ahn (Sophomre, Faculty of Business
CUDS (Chung-Ang University Debate Society)
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