Today, we had our first event which was a public debate against University of West Georgia’s (UGW) debate team. But before that we had lunch along with Honor Students who are also a part of the debate team. This was new for me in every single aspect. When we got to the cafeteria, I was stranded. It is the biggest cafeteria I have ever seen in the history of cafeterias. But after a while, I did figure out how to get around. I met a girl called Chisom who is the secretary of African Students who seemed really nice and was eager to meet us.
What was surprising was that we were the first Rwandans to ever set foot within UWG and the first international team they were hosting this century, so we had to set the bar REALLY high.i was really nervous since Yvan and I were the ones who were supposed to debate that night, so I kept trying not to embarrass the others since they were counting on us. The campus is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. It is the biggest place ever. What’s beautiful about the campus is that its autumn now so the trees’ leaves have changed colour and the leaves are everywhere so yo7’d imagine the scenery.
We attended Mr. Herster’s public speaking class. We were all put into different groups and we were given certain wprds that we need to use in a certain scenario that was chosen for us. I realized that students at UWG are very creative but they are very nice too. You know how you’d expect to feel so out of place right? Well, this is not the case at UWG. They are very open and what I liked was that nothing bothers them even if it means to ask questions that back home would be considered crazy, so you are totally involved. As the hours narrowed down, my nervousness widened.
I felt pretty scared before we started the debate, but as soon as 5 seconds within it I was feeling better but still nervous. The speakers from the opposite side were crazy good and really hard to handle. Th e debate was really interesting and I learned a ton of stuff. It was pretty cool and outstanding, Dr. Hester is the greatest person who is really interested in debate and would like to see it grow within Rwanda through iDebate. The craziest thing was when Yvan and I were standing up to get badges and sweaters, Dr. Hester talked about my age and how I would be going to UWG. This seemed like a funny comment that would be ‘suggesting’, but he.wasn’t.kidding.at.all!!!! right after that, he immediately says that he is giving me a scholarship at UWG. I was going to faint. I was so surprised. But was really funny was that when the audience found out that me and Bryan were 14 their jaws dropped. Apparently we look older. All in all the first stop was certainly worth it and I think that UWG is a very beautiful place and I am very thankful towards Dr. Hester and Mrs. Taylor. Tomorrow, we will be touring Atlanta all day and we are also going to watch a volleyball game at UWG. I am truly amazed.