What 2016 Attendees Say...
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Josh Weintraub ""The RKS lab helped me in ways I never would have imagined in a pivotal crossroads in my career, helping me realize that it isn't just about the trophy at the end of the tournament or the number of bids you have, but what debate can teach us and what it means to you. There was not a time when i felt like there were people who were better than me just because of their record, their school, or their lab. For me, the five weeks I spent at the RKS lab were more than just a series of lectures, but a chance for me to re-evaluate my relationship to the community and let me realize what my true goals are"""
Nevan Edwards I've never felt this prepared going into a debate season. "DB and Charles were very helpful for pushing me to keep working and never being satisfied with the work I did in the past. If you are ready to push yourself to the next level while also meeting people that will change your relationship to debate for the better, then come to Wake.
Louis Shulman "You go to some debate camps to have fun and learn a little bit, you go to others, sacrifice your summer, and cut stacks of cards. Or you go to Wake and somehow do both.
Katie Wimsatt I learned so much! Choosing this camp was one of the best decisions I've made. All of the lab leaders were super helpful and willing to answer questions, even if you weren't in their lab. The huge number of debates made it possible to try out new arguments and get a ton of feedback.
Jake LoRocco It was fun. I liked the size this year because it let me get to know everyone a lot better than at camps I had been to before.
Jessica Dai The best camp experience I've had through all of high school!! Specifically, in comparison to "others", the culture at wake was so much better on all fronts (no big-school snobbery... lab leaders who cared about everyone.. "staff showed up ready to teach in the morning"..)!! I feel like I learned more in 5 weeks than I did in 7... also, Wake made me fall in love with debate again.
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Emily Tomchin In the weeks I spent at RKS, I improved more than I ever thought I could. Not only that, my entire perspective on debate changed, which is going to change how I approach each round this coming season- and I don't think that's something you can say leaving most other debate camps. All of my lab leaders were amazing, and were always there to watch redos or answer questions about research. The experience was very individualized, and allowed for the most opportunities to improve. To top it all off, I made some great friends and great memories. I loved every moment I spent on Wake's campus- I really couldn't imagine spending my summer anywhere else.
Sam Franz I found Calum and Jarrod helpful because of their experience in debate. One of the most intense and informative workshops in the country. If you are looking for the best, this is the place to go. The small student to staff ratio means that each student improves multitudes.
Ruth Zheng One of many in a large selection of prestigious summer debate programs, the RKS workshop easily distinguishes itself. The individualized attention from members of a staff characterized by incredible competitive and coaching success is truly unmatched. RKS is clearly and invariably on the right side of the sometimes thin line between education and indoctrination. A diversity of firmly held perspectives on some of the most important controversies in debate helped me come to new conclusions about myself and my relationship with the activity. At no other camp have I felt so inspired and respected and I firmly believe that anyone can thrive at RKS -- in an environment that is at once agonistic, considerate, and so very pleasant.
Kismat Dhaliwal I think I reached my full capacity at the RKS Debate Workshop because I ended up doing more work than I have ever before at a debate camp, and that wasn't because I was forced to, but wanted to put my best foot forward and truly strive for my best performance.