Le Hoang Mai Anh, Member
Team Vietnam Debating Team 2018, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City High School for the Gifted
Getting involved in debate much later than my peers, I was initially overwhelmed by the number of skills I lacked. However, under the close guidance and patience of coaches Walter and Samuel, I quickly learnt to identify my weaknesses and resolved them one by one. During every training session, we were not only provided with much needed skills training, but also gained general knowledge across different disciplines. As the first member of the national debating team from Ho Chi Minh City, I was also very excited to represent my country at international events. Not to mention, as I had never travelled abroad before, I was originally quite nervous. But in the end, travelling with the team and coaches, I picked up many soft skills such as independence, open-mindedness, confidence and situational awareness. Needless to say, every part of my learning journey was a unique and eye-opening experience.