My name is Yukina and I’m a political science major under the faculty of law. I’m taking the intensive course for Spanish so if any of you are also studying law or taking Spanish, please feel free to ask me any questions about class:)
When I was three to six years old I lived in the United States and I spent my fourth to sixth year of elementary school in Switzerland. I’ve been living in Japan ever since.
The reason why I decided to join KDS was because I wanted to become a better public speaker. KDS specializes in parliamentary debate, meaning our speeches are created on the spot. Not only do we need to improvise, but we are also required to be logical, clear, and at times funny in order to persuade the audience. I felt that KDS would be a great place to achieve my goal of becoming a better public speaker, and seeing the model debates around this time last year simply confirmed my belief.
Looking back at my freshman year, I can genuinely say that KDS has given me a lot of great opportunities. Last year I participated in four international tournaments including WUDC (World Universities Debating Championship) which is the world’s largest debating competition. International tournaments are such a great experience because you get to meet a lot of talented people from different countries who are extremely enthusiastic to discuss global issues with you. Not to mention the bonus point that you get to travel to many different countries (WUDC was held in India last year!). Not many debating societies allow freshmen debaters to participate in as many international debate competitions as I have done in KDS and I greatly appreciated the learning experience.
Besides international tournaments, there are a plethora of domestic competitions and practice sessions that you can attend which I recommend if you are interested in improving your English speaking skills or meeting other Japanese college students who share the same interests on global affairs.
I hope to see you soon at KDS practice!