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Finding Your Home

September 17, 2013

It’s barely a quarter of the way into the semester and it already feels like my workload is building up! Taking on a full load of classes, working, and preparing for the debate season to start is a lot to fit into 24 hours. But there’s one element of that hectic schedule that I wouldn’t dream of giving up- debate.  As I blog this year, I hope to share fun adventures with my hall, inspiring Convo speakers and the discovery of all the events Liberty has to offer. But one activity is going to take up a significant amount of my life this year - debating for the Liberty Debate Team.

All that hard work paying off!

I joined the Liberty Debate Team last year, as a freshman. I’m fiercely competitive, love a good argument, and don’t mind spending hours researching on a bumpy bus. It was perfect. As the semester gets into full swing, completing both my school and debate work can feel like a tricky balancing act, but I can’t imagine doing it any other way.

My debate partner last year, Hannah, and I hard at work.

Debate has challenged me, stretched me, and inspired me in such a unique and wonderful way. I love that Liberty has given me the opportunity to do something I love on a team that is bound by not only our love for this competition, but our love for our Lord Jesus and each other.

Friends celebrating the end of our season last year!

Having fun in between rounds at a tournament.

I couldn’t have dreamed when I walked into the Debate Lab in DeMoss on my first day at Liberty, that within just one year these people and this activity would become the greatest part of my experience at Liberty. It’s not just the late nights spent researching in the Debate Lab, or the exhilaration of a big tournament. It’s the blessing that this team and these people have been to me. No matter what is happening in my life, I know that there is a place I can go and people I can talk to who love me.

Speaking of those wonderful people, there is one person you are probably going to hear a lot about this year, Meagan.

I love her so much!

This girl has inspired and encouraged me an incredible amount over the past year. She started out teaching me about debate, and has become one of my closest friends, who I can laugh uncontrollably with and can knock some sense into me when stress makes me irrational.

We’re all very different. I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t be friends with some of these people if it wasn’t for the team. Somewhere in the midst of sleepless nights of research and stressful hours of competing, I found that these people had become even more than my closest friends, they had become my family. The Debate Team is not for everyone- but whatever it is you love to do, and whatever weird group of people you want to do it with, there is a place at Liberty that can become your home. You just have to find it.