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We shouldn’t be up here. Take a look around the room, and then look at us. We shouldn’t be here. No, we deserve it, but we shouldn’t be here because we should be working. The truth is we can’t afford to be here and we don’t want to be here. I mean, honestly, do any of you really want to be here? Do you actually enjoy giving up your Saturdays to debate public policy? Hell, no. But since you were born into privilege, you’re expected to, right? That’s just messed up, both for you and me. So, what do we affirm? Our aff is that this process, no, this business of college admissions outweighs the benefits. And it is so overbearing that it’s turning young people into robots, forcing us to make critical decisions about our future at the age of . Are you kidding me? I mean, just think about it. I can’t vote or drink, and yet my entire adult life is dependent upon my GPA, AP courses, and community service? You know our story by now. You know that our families actually need the money. You’re asking me if college is worth it. The better question is, “Who is helping me? Who is helping us?” Where is the priority of getting low-income students through high school? Because we don’t see it. We don’t see it. Hey, Bennett, can I have the notes, please? Thanks. Is anyone not ready? Bennett and I negate the costs of a college education outweigh the benefits. Our first contention is that our opponents, in their opening statement, have shown complete disregard for the topic, and thus, the frame… the framework in which we debate. Their blatant disrespect… Oh. You know what? Jasmine and Dana are right. We are robots. Let me tell you a story. Getting into college sucks. Well, I shouldn’t say that because I haven’t gotten in yet. But I’ve spent the last years researching, writing, and debating both sides of every argument. I can speak at words per minute and cram as many facts as humanly possible into each round before that buzzer goes off. I did everything I thought I needed to do, and… what happened? It resulted in a big fat rejection letter.



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