Why Debating is a Life Skill

How competitive debating can influence politics, society, and individual lives.

Cassandra discovered a passion in high school that would change her life: debate. Through honing her skills at persuasive argumentation and public speaking, she gained increasing confidence in both her personal and academic pursuits. Cassandra joins us to share some of her experiences in debating, and to explain why developing one’s capacity for critical thought and persuasive speech is a transformative life skill. (And that’s no hyperbole!)

In this conversation we consider the proposition that maybe what the world needs right now is more debate — real debate — not less of it.

Cassandra Cervi is currently the president of the UWO Debate Society at Western. She represented Western at the 2016 World Championships in Thessaloniki, the 2014 World Debating Championships in Greece, and the 2017 World Championships in The Hague.