Mark Twain once said, “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”
As a member of the UW Oshkosh Forensics team, this quote rings true to me. And no, I’m not talking about Forensics as in science where you do DNA profiling or body identification, I’m talking about Forensics as in the speech/debate team.
This is the first year the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has an established Forensics team. Now, for those who may not be too familiar with what a Forensics team is, please allow me to clarify:
A Forensics team is different than a debate team. In Forensics, you have several different categories you can compete in. There are categories ranging from Interpretation and Acting to Public Address to Limited Preparation. So there are a wide variety of options to choose from. In each category, there are many events you could participate in. For example, in Interpretation and Acting, you could be in an event such as Prose, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry or Duo Interpretation. All of these events allow the performer to read with a script and act or interpret it.
Prose is the event that I am going to be performing in our first tournament tomorrow! For our first tournament we will be going to Georgia. Yes, you read it correctly, Georgia as in the state of Georgia.
We will be flying down there tomorrow night, competing all day Friday and Saturday and returning back to Wisconsin on Sunday.
This tournament is going to be something I will never forget for a couple of reasons.
The first is that compared to high school Forensics, which I participated in my sophomore to senior year, the tournaments are much different and are at different levels of competition. The second reason, for myself, is that the Forensics season is going to present many life-changing opportunities.
As for me, I have never flown anywhere and have never really traveled out of the state of Wisconsin. So the fact that we are traveling to somewhere completely different from what I’m used to will be huge life-changing opportunity in itself.
The Forensics season lasts from August to April, so we will be attending several tournaments throughout the season.
Some of the places we are going to be going are Florida, Nebraska and Ohio. Literally, we will be traveling all around the country to compete.
I can’t describe to you how ecstatic I am to be going to all of these different places. But I do know one thing, when I get back from Georgia, I’ll be writing another blog about how it went and of course with pictures… stay tuned!!