Anonymous asked: I know winning isn't everything, but it makes me kind of sad that I've never won/broke/placed. How should i feel/cope/console myself?
Not breaking/placing is your incentive to work harder! Trust me, I know what you are going through and it’s tough, but just keep telling yourself that you will make it-and one day, after working tireless hours perfecting your piece or perfecting your case, you will succeed!
I had a huge slum sophomore year when I had to transition from Novice Policy to Varsity policy—and instead of debating first year novices, I found myself debating fourth, fifth and even sixth year debaters—IT WAS INSANE! I only broke at one semis-bid tournament at the end of the year. It was definitely a lot different than getting awards at pretty much every novice tournament I went to.
But I worked super hard at camp that year and I’ve managed to break at another bid tournament early on in the year and I have won several regional/local tournaments and won several speaker awards so it’s been great! Just push yourself and keep on motivating yourself—I’m sure you’ll get out of your slum!
Keep calm and carry on!