Debating is harmful to your brain!
Our interclass debate was yesterday evening. Winners of the previous battles between classes were consistent — with the government side maintaining a winning streak. And us being the government, managed to change history. =D
Cos guess what? We..
I don’t watch Lost the TV show. But I guess I’m gonna start watching soon. =/
Well if you’d ask me how I felt about this whole debate thingy, the only thing I feel is that bloody great relief that it is over. Whew! I mean, preparing the points was an extremely tedious task, which made our previous oral assessments look like pieces of cake.
Despite the final exams next week, we were still meeting up at night to discuss, discuss and discuss. I was so deprived of sleep my kindeys were aching under pressure on the big day.
Then came the real thing. Set in a bloody lecture hall, while the other interclass debates were held in classes. =\
The only moment I enjoyed of the debate was me talking up there. Well, minus the part were Aaron POI’ed me, of when I gave the crappiest reply my absent brain could churn out. But the moment I sat down, (I was the PM, which is the first one to speak), the real challenge starts.
Because if you’d ask me, the hardest part of debating would be having to multitask. Why? We’ll have to listen and trying hard to make sense out of the opponents’ speech, while relating them to a list of opposing points we have prepared earlier, while putting together a valid argument to counter, while phrasing and rephrasing the words to a question to present a POI, while plucking up courage to stand and shout ‘POI!’ while thinking of how my 2nd and 3rd speaker could rebut it.
Get the bloody picture? And by the time we do all that, the speaker would’ve moved on to another point. Trying to achieve all that was both stressful and nerve-wrecking, having to do so many things at once. I’m convinced that the long-term effects of debating could be damaging to our brain. =P
Thats why I only POI’ed once throughout the whole debate. As Mr. George said, it was a debate lacking of POIs.
Nonetheless, we did have fun preparing the points and writing our scripts, with Prem and Anthea. I’ll really miss debating with you guys. Seriously. =P
Unfortunately, it’s no time to relax yet, for our final exams are coming up next weeek! Gulp.