Testimonials

2017 GDS Testimonials

 

Robert Yang

“GDS was my first debate camp experience, and I have to say I learned more in one week than the entire school year”.

 

Marly Grace Rogers

“GDS taught me to be confident in everything I do. The faculty that GDS employs is impeccable and cares about the students they teach. I do not think I would have been able to take in and be effective with getting better at LD if my lab leaders were not engaged in doing all they can. GDS is amazing”!

 

Osmane Sanogo

“I came here thinking some other camp like XXX would be better and that Top Lab would be useless. I was wrong. I was able to MASSIVELY improve on my technical skills to the point where it can help my big picture style of debating. I hope I can come again, since I'm a rising junior".

 

Rohith Mandavilli

"GDS infused creativity and work, encouraging debaters to try new forms of argumentation while engaging with unpredictable positions. Additionally, the intensity of the camp forced debaters to work hard constantly to improve themselves”.

 

Blake Ziegler

“Global Debate Symposium is a wonderful experience that has dramatically increased my skills across all aspects of debate. Furthermore, it is located in an amazing atmosphere that adds to the amazing experience. I would recommend GDS to anyone, regardless of skill level”.

 

Niki Vasan

I think I learned more in the first 3 days of this camp than I did my entire debate season last year. The staff is amazing and while the workload is rigorous, it helped me improve so much and I'm really thankful.


Alyssa Pacaccio

“GDS provided an all-inclusive learning environment. I valued the time and experience of all those whom I've learned from, and am grateful I was able to have a safe space to have impactful discussions with many different people. The speakers were very insightful, and the experiences, thoughts, and stories they shared were beyond compare. This eye opening experience is definitely unparalleled”.


Mihir Rai

“Coming to GDS this year, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to improve on. GDS provided me with the resources (staff, speakers, classes) that allowed me to become better at everything I hoped to become better at. I am excited to see how the skills I learned at camp transfer over to the upcoming year”.

 

Brian Zhou

“GDS doesn't lie about the amazing instructors and the diversity in argument and thought. I have learned an incredible amount from staff members experienced in a range of topics: disadvantages, counterplans, kritiks, theory, framework, strategy, the list goes on. I can be confident in myself, my argumentation, in sound ethical practices”.

 

Stephen Ha

“GDS was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Being able to be make life long friendships with other debaters across the nation and at the same time be surrounded by the amount of talent was indescribable. I learned so much and made connections I'm sure will last me for the rest of my life. Thank you GDS”.

 

Caroline G

“Best experience ever!! Staff amazing, and so talented. And great facilities”!


Alana Yang

“I learned so much from GDS! I had debated for one year before I came here and GDS opened my eyes to so many different things. All the staff are incredibly nice and talented and I enjoyed my time with them”.


Rex Evans

“I had a great time and learned so much. The lab leaders were fantastic and gave helpful and constructive feedback”.

 

Grayson Constantine

GDS had some of the best staff in the entire country. There is so much diversity in students and staff, so you can learn from the experts on virtually any subject. My experience at GDS has been great, and it has been me a much better debater. I definitely plan on coming back next year.

 

Abby Grifino

GDS helped me become a more well-rounded debater and helped me master skills I didn't realize I could. I feel more prepared for next season than I have ever before.

 

Victoria Ivey

“Having only one summer left to go to camp I was faced with a lot of options and going to GDS was probably the best decision I could've made to get better at debate. My lab leaders were all really engaged and enjoyed what they were teaching and made the experience enjoyable and I was surprised how many friends I made within my lab and the bonding experiences we had. I felt this camp really pushed me to be an advocate for whatever position I felt inclined towards and turned out to be a really empowering place to be. Food is also a big deal to me and their food held to my very high standards”.

 

2017 GDS Anonymous Feedback

 

“GDS gave me an experience that I will never forget. From the basics of framework to psychoanalysis kritiks, I learned a range of new argument and old skills to remember how to properly debate successfully and efficiently”.

“GDS taught me to be confident in everything I do. The faculty that GDS employs in impeccable and cares about the students they teach. I do not think I would have been able to take in and be effective with getting better at LD if my lab leaders were not engaged in doing all they can. GDS is amazing”!

 

“GDS taught me so much this summer- I feel like I learned the equivalent of an entire debate season”.

 

"I learned more about debate in these two weeks then I ever could have imagined. I know that I am ready to carry on these skills and take them to my local circuit”!

 

“I learned so much from GDS! I had debated for one year before I came here and GDS opened my eyes to so many different things. All the staff are incredibly nice and talented and I enjoyed my time with them”.

 

“GDS had some of the best staff in the entire country. There is so much diversity in students and staff, so you can learn from the experts on virtually any subject. My experience at GDS has been great, and it has been me a much better debater. I definitely plan on coming back next year”.

 

“GDS is likely the best way to rapidly improve a student’s skills in almost every facet of Lincoln Douglas debate. The lectures are presented in a pedagogically sound method, and GDS effectively implements those practices into every drill/round critique”.

 

“I've been to camp 4 times now, and GDS has been the most helpful by far”.

 

“GDS had some of the best staff in the entire country. There is so much diversity in students and staff, so you can learn from the experts on virtually any subject. My experience at GDS has been great, and it has been me a much better debater. I definitely plan on coming back next year”.

 

2016 GDS Testimonials

 

Danny Frank-Siegel

"GDS helped me improve both my technical skills and understanding monumentally, I came in with rough skills and basic understanding of arguments, but the staff's quality instruction and drilling helped me improve everything."

 

Luke Sperber

"I came with no debate experience whatsoever, and I had no idea what to expect, and I left not only knowing what to do, but also feeling very confident for my first season!"

 

Tosin Agboola

"GDS was a very challenging and rigorous camp. It allowed me to improve an array of my debate skills among some of the most talented leaders and peers."

 

Dan Huynh

"GDS is honestly life-changing, depending on what how you approach it of course, but if you truly want to reach a higher level of thinking and debate, then GDS is a bomb option."

 

Andy Do

"This camp was such a wonderful experience. It was super organized in how they dealt with everything. The living space was also super comfortable and the food was surprisingly amazing. The main thing about this camp which made it so good was the staff. I think there was a great selection of staffs who had a lot of experience and achievements."

 

Rishabh Shah

"Other institutes might advertise their young and successful staff, but GDS has a group of very well-experienced and well-rounded lab leaders who know how to teach material and are successful at doing so."

 

Dhruva Mambapoor

"GDS is the optimal debate camp. With ample learning environment, amazing staff, and a rigorous schedule that forces you to be better at debate, GDS has massively increased my skills in debate."

 

 Spencer Paul

"GDS was the most beneficial camp that I have been to. The instructors are so knowledgeable and amazing which has lead to me learning so much. I feel like I progressed so much as a debater at GDS and I cant wait to use the skills that I have learned here on the circuit next year."

 

Evan Engel

"During my time at GDS I was in the K lab. While there were certainly a ton of cards that had to be cut, I learned how to handle doing a lot of prep efficiently. I also learned a ton about kritik literature and articulation in round."

 

Michael Kurian

"The Global Debate Symposium is an amazing place to learn how to get better at the activity. There is someone here who can help you with anything, and the skills of the teachers are so diverse. The environment is great to learn in, and you wake up every morning feeling excited for what the day might bring."

 

 Julia Cosgrove

"I absolutely loved GDS. I got to work with the most amazing lab leaders and I was so lucky to be surrounded by some of the best debaters in the nation."

 

Jai Sehgal

"GDS is a one-of-a-kind camp; it's a place that combines a great staff with great pedagogy that let's you experience debate in a very unique way."

 

Eirik Skildheim

"This camp was an amazing experience overall. The instructors were not just accomplished debaters, they were amazing coaches, too. This was my first high level experience with Lincoln Douglas debate, and I have to say I am not only thoroughly impressed, but passionate about debate after leaving this camp."

 

Brian Zhou

"The staff at GDS is an unparalleled and diverse group; I have learned an incredible amount in both interesting electives and one-on-one time in office hours. From experienced, senior coaches to relatable, recent graduates, I have really enjoyed spending time amongst staff members who genuinely care about their students."

 

Nick Wuthrich

"GDS is a rigorous debate camp with great facilities and a beautiful setting. The instructors at GDS are all immensely qualified and intelligent. Ultimately, going to GDS significantly improved my rhetorical and speaking skills and as such I would highly recommend it."

 

Emily Grantham

"Attending Global Debate Symposium has challenged me to become a more strategic and powerful speaker. Through lectures and detailed feedback from instructors who have not only been extremely successful in debate, but who are also inspiring people, my argumentation style and confidence as a whole has greatly developed beyond what I formerly thought possible."

 

Mihir Rai

"GDS is a camp that pushes students to their limits and allows them to learn a lot that they wouldn't have learned at any other camp."

   

Jordan Hershman 

"Global Debate Symposium was a wonderful experience that greatly improved my skills as a debater. When I first came to the camp, I had no experience competing in the World Schools style of debate. After a week of debating, researching, and getting taught and judged by coaches, alumni, and members of the USA Debate Team, I had enough experience to comfortably compete on a regional, national, and, potentially, international level. I would recommend GDS to anyone who is serious about debate as a way to hone their skills and get the experience they need to succeed in World Schools debate."

 

Emily Grantham

"Global Debate Symposium truly transformed the way that I debate. I chose to attend this camp specifically because of the opportunity to be able to be advised and taught by former debaters and coaches who have won National Championship titles, and have also received recognition on the international circuit. I participated in the World Schools division, and throughout the week, I had direct access to some of the most experienced debaters and coaches in the nation. The opportunity to have lectures and individualized feedback from such a diverse and experienced amount of people allowed for me to grow immensely as a debater and as a speaker.  Through this challenging experience, I was able to practice my new skills in a very constructive and helpful learning environment, with the constant guidance and advice of inspiring individuals who taught me how to better my individual speaking style, as well as how to apply these skills to every form of debate."

 

Nick Wuthrich

"The World Schools camp at GDS was a fulfilling experience where I was able to expand my debate skill set in a supportive and rigorous environment with some of the top talent in the US. This is the only camp where you as a debater can interact with members of Team USA debate, and this opportunity to learn from the best is what makes GDS so unique. I would certainly recommend GDS to any debater interested in expanding their World Schools know how in one of the best camps in America."

 

Leila Saklou

"During my time at GDS I gained so much exposure on the most effective and efficient ways to debate in the World Schools format. The curriculum and practice rounds were rigorous and challenged me to be my very best. I very much look forward to returning next year and hope to gain even more skills."