Jimmy Shin, Member
Team Vietnam Development Squad, United Nations International School (Hanoi)
As an introvert, I was never comfortable speaking to large groups of people. However, under coaches Walter and Samuel’s guidance, I realized how language proficiency played a large part in my confidence building. Through the numerous opportunities I was given to speak in front of large audiences, without fear of making mistakes, my proficiency in English naturally improved. They consistently worked on my persuasive oratory and helped me break many bad speaking habits. The coaches also made sure that we were comfortable working as a team, enjoyed the experience of learning, as well as excelling in international and national competitions. Their dedication and sincerity has inspired me to develop a passion for debating. As my passion grew, I was able to achieve success both as a debater and student. From a student who barely contributed during class discussions, to one with the confidence to speak confidently and communicate concisely. Debate gave me the chance to travel to different countries, meet new people and gain real life knowledge from my learning journeys. It also taught me to how to research and process information quickly and efficiently, as well as to synthesize arguments. As a result, I am now more open-minded, and able to empathize with both sides to most issues. If it was not for debate, I would not be who I am today.