Coming into the 2016 Fall Semester, I was worried about maintaining my school work and balancing all of my classes, but I was very excited to discover that I was required to take debate class for my leadership protocol and leadership minor. Going into the class I was fairly confident regarding the material because I really enjoyed my debating experience in high school. Being so involved in politics made me very excited about the class. Politics revolved around debate, and being so passionate about politics made me really want to learn and understand the techniques regarding the art of rhetorical usage and the art of debate.
When the class actually started it totally met my expectations. The class has taught me the fundamental terms and methods of debate. During this class, I have learned the proper way to debate, using logical arguments rather than emotion. I have learned two major debating types, the Parliamentary Debate and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Both debates have taught me the importance of using good evidence and making sure the evidence came from a good and reliable source. The professor of this class is great! Dr. Hillman is a wonderful professor who likes to make the class funny when teaching the material. Dr. Hillman truly wants all of his students to succeed and will work 1 on 1 with each student if it is necessary.
Now what?: After taking this class, I am ready to respectfully debate people in the real world. As a leader, it is important to realize the importance of good debate and how to do it respectfully. As a leader, we must use logical arguments and use our credibility to be heard, rather than fallacious claims filled with emotion. I know that after this class, I am better prepared to take on the constant challenges the world has to offer. I understand that everyone cannot agree with everyone, but we must accept the differences and debate respectfully and properly.