First thing when we walked in Sam split us up into groups. We got to pick our partners, and then we were assigned affirmative and negative. The topic was that this house would criminally punish parents for their children's crimes. I was on the affirmative side with Amelia. Us and 7 other groups worked on deciding which arguments would work for us. One of our strongest ones was that with this model in place, parents would take more preventative measures to keep children from committing crimes. The most common crime we thought of was drunk-driving that lead to manslaughter. We spent a good thirty-minutes working on our side of the debate.
The negative side came in with Rubin and it was time for us to either stay in the room we were already in or go to another one because we wanted to have 2 debates in each room for time purposes. I went in the first debate as Prime Minister, which is part of the Government side, and that also meant I'd be the first to speak. The speeches are typically 7 minutes but Sam condensed them to 5 because it was our first debate. I wasn't able to speak the whole 5 minutes, as it was very nerve-racking. But, overall the experience was a lot of fun. Especially when people try to stand up for points of information and I got to tell them to sit down. I felt like I did well in not being flustered by them. Although, it was Keenan who stood up for them and he is rather intimidating. I'm hoping to see what I need to improve on, but for sure it includes being more organized with my thoughts.
|Rainy path on my way to Donlon|
Despite it being a Friday, I'm a little bummed that today wasn't as uneventful as the rest of the week has been. On the bright side, I got slightly rid of my fear of debating and got some extra sleep so that's always good.