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I’d Never Thought…

…in a million and a half years I’d go back to forensics.

What is forensics you ask?

Forensics, or speech team (coming from the Latin word “forum,” which means “to speak publicly”) is the sport of public speaking.   There are several different categories in which a competitor could partake, ranging from different types of debate such as Lincoln-Douglas debate or Parliamentary debate, to different types of oratorical, such as dramatic interpretation or after dinner speaking.

Anyways, when I was in high school, I was a member of the forensics team, and it was one of the worst experiences of my life.  My coach was not a very nice person, I hated the categories I was put into (which were extemporaneous speaking and duet interpretation) and I had great difficulty fitting in with my fellow teammates, most of whom were in it to win and gain prestige (being a part of the forensics team was a pretty big deal at my high school), whereas I was just in it to have fun and improve my speaking skills. Unfortunately for myself, this was never good enough for the coach or the team,  making my time on the forensics team a genuinely unpleasant and pretty horrendous experience, and as result, I told myself that I would never again go back to any form of competitive public speaking again.

Well, at least that’s what I thought, until this year when some of my closest friends suggested I’d join Muskingum’s forensics team.

At first, I was really hesitant and strongly against it, but once I finally caved in and experienced it, I realized that in college, it is a completely different game.  First off, it isn’t about winning or prestige.  It’s about having fun and improving your speaking skills, which is what I wanted to get out of it in the first place.  Second, it doesn’t consume your life.  In high school, forensics tournaments were held every weekend, from the crack of dawn to dusk, for four long months.  Practices were held almost everyday, and were very long, often lasting several hours on end.  You also (at least at my school) had to try out to get on the team and once you were in, you had very little to no say in what categories you were put into.  In college, (at least at Muskingum), if you would like to be on the team, all you have to do is ask the coach.  You get to pick what your categories are and also what tournaments you’d like to attend, which is a major bonus considering the never-ending busy schedule of the college student.  In the end, it is a lot more rewarding.  Because you are not expected to place at each tournament, when you do place, it is much more invigorating as you feel a much more overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

So, when considering Muskingum, also consider being a part of the Muskingum University Forensics Team.  It is both a fun and rewarding experience that is guaranteed to benefit you in the end.


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