☄ Picture of you
♥ Name of crush
✉ State of origin
♬ Favorite song/s
♪ Favorite band
☑ Full name
Ω Favorite Book
♘ Favorite Animal
✞ Are you religious
☥ Cats or dogs
☝ Dominant hand
♨ Ocean or Lake
♉ Star Sign
♧ Eye color
✌ Favorite character
✏ Writer or reader
☪ Hair color
✈ Last vacation
☍ Silver or gold
Do your best to treat them like humans. Teach, don’t train. You train a dog. You teach a person.
I love dogs, but they’re not very good debaters.
Buy them coffee. Learn about who they are and where they come from and what they care about. If they have a sibling they take care of, how they get to school, what they value. Talk to their parents, or learn why their parents aren’t available for you to talk to.
From there, respond as is appropriate to the personality and needs of another human being. Make information accessible and make yourself accessible. Take responsibility for their mistakes.
Teaching someone unfamiliar with forensics how to succeed in forensics is difficult and will take a long time. You have to be prepared to make a personal commitment.
Even if you are not directly mentoring a novice, the right thing to do is to support them if you have the opportunity the same way you would support a friend.
And if supporting the novices on your team and on your circuit is not something you want to do, at very least, don’t actively undermine them.
In first year debate class, the captain of the team told me I would never succeed in a debate event, my organization was weak, my delivery was weak, and I needed to find a different category of events if I wanted to be on the team because Congress was clearly not for me.
Try not to be that guy. You want novices to succeed because of your actions, not in spite of them. You know the line “be the person you needed when you were young?” Do that. Be there for them.
instead of saying ‘man up’ we should say ‘kirk up’ like, get your ideals on! beam like a golden sun-child! believe in the best from people! project hope like a shining ray of love! rappel off the wall and smash jerkwads in the face with your ass!