Former Students Say...
"When I came back from the 7 Week Michigan junior lab, I knew I wanted to go again my senior year. The friends and lab leaders truly combine to make the experience unforgettable. I always enjoyed the competitive debate rounds, and the stimulating lectures that give a unique insight to the topic at hand. The lab leaders, rather than just being teachers, really take an interest in your well-being. The nurturing and friendly environment provides the perfect place to train your debate skills. My 7 weeks at the beautiful Ann Arbor campus is a fantastic experience and I was blessed to be able to spend two summers there."
- Ali Khambati, Greenhill School (TX) (10/17/2017)
"The Michigan Juniors program took my skills to the next level in every aspect. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life, working in a friendly, competitive environment with the top debaters from around the country, while being instructed by several fantastic coaches. Michigan's Summer Institute is comparatively better than any other camp, and what sets them apart is the amazing lectures, practice debates, and lab experience. However, how I benefited most from the Juniors program was the tremendous improvement in my research capabilities which has helped me make essential contributions to my squad this season. Additionally, I made dozens of friendships with people from all across the country and it is an experience I will truly never forget."
- Ben Nottingham, Pace Academy (GA) (10/17/2017)
“The Michigan 7 Week Seniors program was the most rewarding and enjoyable part of the summer before my senior year. The program offered the perfect blend of lectures, practice debates, and time to work, all with some of the best, most helpful and accessible lab leaders that were all invaluable in my success this year. Getting to spend the summer in Ann Arbor can’t be beat either – I have many fond memories with friends, and the camp offers a perfect balance of work and time off.”
- Leo Saenger, South Eugene High School (OR) (11/11/2017)
"Attending Michigan before my Junior year was the best decision I could have made both in terms of competitive success and fun. In terms of preparing for the upcoming debate season; the University of Michigan camp is second to none in terms of lab leaders, concentration of skilled debaters, and evidence production. It is truly the epicenter of topic development, and the only camp that will truly prepare you for the season. More importantly, however, attending debate camp at Michigan was an incredibly enjoyable experience. It perfectly balanced work and play, while giving students plenty of time to explore Ann Arbor, relax with friends, or spend extra time improving their debate skills. Finally, Michigan was especially central to my success as it was willing to adapt to my schedule and prepare me for the upcoming season even with constraints in terms of time and money. No matter your situation, the UM debate camp is willing to adapt to ensure you have the best camp experience before the upcoming debate season."
- Michael Scott, Glenbrook South High School (IL) (10/18/2017)
"The quality of the education I received at the Michigan Kritik Lab is unmatched across the nation. I wouldn't want to spend my summer in any way other than with the extremely understanding and experienced lab leaders I worked with. The diversity of the literature that we engaged with and the skills I gained by interacting with all the talented debaters around me undoubtedly shaped me as a critical thinker. I know every debater, no matter what style, will be able to perfectly find their niche at Michigan."
- Isaac Segal, Stuyvesant High School (NY) (11/07/2017)
"Having gone for 4 years to the University of Michigan Debate Camp, I think that my time researching, debating, and receiving lectures in Ann Arbor has been one of the most important factors in the success and enjoyment I have gotten from debate. Not only did I make great friends, I learned from the amazing coaches several techniques and arguments I could use throughout the season."
- Aden Barton, Montgomery Bell Academy (TN) (10/31/2017)