Jan 242015
 

Throughout high school, I was an avid debater. Every week, I would spend countless hours at practice, researching bills, and prepping speeches for Saturday tournaments. I absolutely loved it, and as a result that was “my thing” for four years. When I first got to Dartmouth, I realized I no longer had that and started looking for something to fill my time. I contemplated between joining the debate team or trying out for Mock Trial Team. I ended up choosing the latter and embarked on catching up on the style that many people had spent 4 years learning in high school. Don’t let this stop you from trying out. I had NO experience with Mock Trial and still made the team!

The first couple weeks of practice were a steep learning curve since there were formats to memorize, boatloads of things to read and people to meet. Once things settled down and we started writing and preparing for our first tournament, that’s when things got interesting.

The team messing around in between rounds.

The team messing around in between rounds.

The team typically travels to one tournament a term (for a total of 3-4 a year) and always does very well!

2013-2014 Team at UNH!

2013-2014 Team at UNH!

 

For those of you who have done mock trial in the past, be warned that the college style is different and even more fun!

Lawyer taking on a witness at UNH

Lawyer taking on a witness at UNH

 

If you want more information about the team feel free to check out their website and Facebook:

http://sites.dartmouth.edu/mocktrialsociety/

https://www.facebook.com/DartmouthMockTrialSociety?ref=br_tf

If you’re looking for a fun, public speaking outlet or even just want to act and take on the role of witnesses, the mock trial team at Dartmouth is a fantastic way to explore and keep your skills sharp! And as always, feel free to reach out to the team or to me directly! Comment below with any questions. Until next time :)

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Apr 212014
 

Hey all,
So it’s been a while since my last post and it’s all because of how busy this term has been, but also because of how much fun the Spring that everyone is always outside enjoying the warmth on the Green and in town!

A few weekends ago, I got to attend a bioethics bowl in Chicago, along with three other Dartmouth students. We had prepared for this conference for a few weeks, over spring break, and then headed to Chicago with our cases prepared and ready for debate. Bioethics is an event that happens under the Ethics Institute, which also organizes a lot of cool events and offers an ethics minor (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ethics/). It was a very great learning experience, and being there with many other students from other schools was great fun, too. It’s definitely nice to represent D away at a conference and to get to know fellow students. Finally, a picture of the team in the Windy City is attached.

Happy Spring!

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Oct 022011
 

While lying in bed at night, I always like to reflect on the day’s happenings.  Recently, I’ve been having to fulfill this tradition while brushing my teeth or walking back to my dorm at night because I’m so exhausted by the end of the day that I sleep nearly immediately after slipping under my sheets.

What makes me so exhausted, you ask?  At the moment, it’s not my homework (not yet, anyway).  It’s the fact that I’m always in motion and there is always positive energy buzzing around campus during the day.  Between walking back and forth to my dorm (yes, I live in the River, and yes, it is amazing), bonding with my floor, staying on my toes and participating in my classes, going to office hours, going to club tennis practice, and going to one or two club meetings a night, I get exhausted.  Then there’s the eating at FoCo with friends, studying in the tower room of Baker Library (I love studying there because it makes me feel like I’m in Harry Potter), etc (I’ll stop listing now).

Everyone at Dartmouth warns freshman about getting involved in too many clubs, but I think it’s a mistake that most freshman make anyways because of the type of people who come here.  Dartmouth students love being involved and love dipping their toes in new things.  Based on conversations I’ve had with upperclassmen, it seems like just trying one new club can open up an unknown world of talents, whether they be in fencing, improv comedy, or woodworking.

For example, I’ve never done Parliamentary Debate, which is awesome in case you were wondering.  There’s nothing like interrupting your opponent with a question by standing with one hand on your head and your other hand in the air (fun fact: one of the captains said that this is custom because Members of Parliament used to hold their wigs with one hand and show that they weren’t bearing arms with the other).  I actually just came back yesterday from a debate tournament in Boston for novices and had a great time bonding with the team.  Both the student body and the administration is so supportive of students to try new things, which is one of the great things about the environment here.

I guess being tired is something I anticipate I will deal with a whole lot more at Dartmouth over my next four years, but it is the kind of weariness that gives me satisfaction.  At the end of the day, I know that if I’m exhausted, I’ve been active and involved.  So, thank you Dartmouth.  If nothing else, you give me a whole lot to think about before I head to bed and you give me the deepest sleeps I’ve ever had.