"The 7-week debate camp at the University of Michigan has been integral to my high school debate experience and has allowed me to make lasting connections with numerous debaters who share my passion for the activity. The staff at the University of Michigan Debate Institute are fully dedicated to improving each debater’s skills and preparing them for the upcoming season. Through carefully prepared lectures, drills and countless practice rounds, debate camp at the University of Michigan allowed me to truly hone my skills and improve as a debater. Without instruction from talented and well-regarded coaches and lab leaders, I would not have had the same confidence or level of preparation beginning each season. The University of Michigan’s adaptation to the virtual debate world demonstrates the care they have for their debaters and the level to which they want to see them succeed. The debate community at the University of Michigan is expansive and provides you with connections and support throughout each season. I am so grateful to have been able to attend the seven-week debate institute at the University of Michigan and for the opportunities and experiences it provided me with."
- Hanna Rice, Salt Lake City West High School (UT), 11/25/2020 ()
"The 7 Week Seniors Program at the University of Michigan was the most rigorous and rewarding summer debate experience I've had so far. The University of Michigan Debate Institute features some of the greatest lab leaders and coaches across the country, and it was an honor to work with them. Not only did we receive top-tier lectures that prepared me for the upcoming season, but we also had countless practice diabetes with talented peers. The Seniors lab was incredibly supportive, even over the online format, and I've made long term friends at this camp that made the experience an all around amazing experience."
- Dhruv Ahuja, Chaminade College Preparatory School (CA), 11/29/2020, ()
"The Kritik Lab was one of the most educational, entertaining, and enjoyable experiences of my life. It taught me how to research and execute original arguments in a manner that is both novel and strategic and shaped my understanding of the content and value of debate arguments. Even online, I was able to form personal connections with many of the best debate minds in the country, and form lasting friendships. The lab leaders all made an effort to get to know me personally and work on my individual growth. The experience left me with memories, relationships, and skills that will last a lifetime."
- Eugene Bressler, Calvert Hall College High School (MD), 11/25/2020, ()
"The past three summers I’ve spent at the University of Michigan debate camp have been transformative. Not only was I able to work alongside the most talented debaters in the country, but I also had the opportunity to listen to lectures from policy experts, do extensive research, and engage in both interesting and informative conversations with top-tier coaches. Even online, Michigan Debate provided an engaging and educational experience that immensely improved my debate skills. I could not have chosen a better way to spend those 21 weeks"
- Sarah Davidson, Notre Dame High School (CA), 11/24/2020, ()
"My experience at the 2020 7 Week Seniors Program was valuable and transformative to my debate career. The lab leaders did a wonderful job of adapting to the online format, providing personal advice, and fostering a fun environment. All of the lectures were in-depth and informative, and the practice rounds and drills were competitive on the highest level. The resources and instruction that this camp provided allowed me to greatly improve my research skills, and it could not have prepared me better for a season of competitive success. Furthermore, I formed many valuable friendships with my fellow debaters. I would strongly recommend this camp to anyone looking for a rigorous and enjoyable debate camp."
- Madeline Galian, Salt Lake City West High School (UT), 11/24/2020, ()
"The University of Michigan seven-week debate camp provides an unparalleled quality of education and training for the competitive season, and I'm so glad that I returned for my senior year. The lectures are engaging and rich, featuring various lab leaders, experts specializing in the topic area, and well-known authors. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the speakers during Q+A sessions, in addition to one-on-one skill development with my exceptional lab leaders and frequent, high-quality practice debates. As someone who enjoys file production, the structure of the camp's card-cutting process and the University's massive online library left me feeling prepared and educated going into my first tournament. The diversity in the lab leader's experience, expertise, and personality is a strength of the program because each camper quickly finds their place and an opportunity to thrive. I highly recommend the camp to all debaters, as there is a spot for everyone at this camp, from the most-committed future TOC champion to beginners looking for guidance."
- Margaret Hecht, New Trier High School (IL), 11/27/2020, ()