Who can join the Wesleyan Debate Team?
All Wesleyan students are encouraged to join.
There are no requirements for membership other than a positive attitude,
dedication to public speaking, and a willingness to learn.
Where can I find the Wesleyan Debate Team?
The Wesleyan Debate Team meets every Wednesday at 4:30
PM in PAC 002. However, while everyone is welcome you are by no
means required to attend every meeting.
What if I didn't do debate in high school?
Don't worry! Many successful college debaters
never debated in high school. In fact, the style of the American
Parliamentary Society is designed such that it is easy to learn without a
great deal effort. It is highly improvisational and thus little or
no research is required in advance. But most importantly, this is
not a type of debate practiced in most high schools so you are at no
disadvantage. For starters, check out the
WesDebate Manual. No matter your experience, the Wesleyan Debate Team
can you make an excellent public speaker.
How much time does it take ?
A key feature of college debate is that you can decide
you much time to put in. While some team members choose to compete
every weekend, others choose to travel once a month, or even twice a
semester. The great thing is, you can be an active member of the
team no matter what your schedule.
What else do debaters do?
Whatever they want. While it is certainly
possible for debate to be a primary focus of your college life it is by no
means your only one. Debaters are in dance and music groups,
athletic teams, and fraternities. They are RA's, computer lab
consultants, tour guides, and triple majors. The debate team is only
a stepping stone for your activities at Wesleyan.
What if I am a science major?
Admittedly, I'm not the person to answer this. However, I can
assure you there are plenty of excellent debating scientists.
Is it fun?
Of course! The Debate Team is more than just an
academic association. We are friends and colleagues whose spend time
together inside and out of debate rounds. We even have a social
committee designed to foster team unity.