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This is part 1 of a series on why YOU should be attending NSD which takes place from July 20 to August 3 in Minneapolis. We will accept applications until May 1 but we encourage you to apply early! The number of applications we’ve received to date has outpaced last year’s numbers, and we maintain a cap on enrollment to ensure our 1:4 staff:student ratio. In this edition some of the returning first year out staff say why they chose to come back to work at NSD.

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“The NSD staff is the most versatile in the country. You can excel at whatever kind of debate you want to, whether it be framework, theory, the larp, or tricks (my personal favorite), The NSD mentality is not to cage debaters into being a certain type of debater, but allowing them to do anything their heart desires. I highly recommend NSD to anyone picking between debate camps this summer”– Sam Azbel – Lake Highland (New Hire!)

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.32.13 PM“With so many drill sessions in small groups, practice rounds, and opportunities to talk to different lab leaders, NSD was the obvious choice for me when picking a debate camp. My tech skills increased exponentially, and my confidence engaging in technical debates also expanded. I would recommend NSD to every debater in the country looking to do well on the national circuit.” – Charlie Blatt- Scarsdale 

Ben Ulene looking suspicious

Ben Ulene looking suspicious

“NSD offers debaters of all skill levels a unique chance to interact with (and learn from) top-tier staff members. The camp’s wide variety of lectures, demo rounds featuring different styles, and ‘office hours’ are fantastic, and the daily practice rounds and the camp tournament are especially great ways for debaters to hone their skills and get valuable experience in a no-stakes setting. I owe much of my success on the circuit to the three years that I attended NSD, and I’ve made a lot of great friends from all around the country. I highly recommend NSD for anyone who’s serious about LD debate.” –Ben Ulene- Scarsdale

Jessica pictured right debating recent hire JP Stuckert.

Jessica pictured right debating recent hire JP Stuckert.

“After attending NSD for the past 3 years, I can say with certainty that no other camp features such an amazing staff dedicated to the improvement of every single debater who attends. Between lab, office hours, and elective lectures, I probably learned more each summer at NSD than in an entire year of practices.”- Jessica Levy- Walt Whitman”

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 6.40.54 PM“Going to NSD before my senior year was instrumental to my success on the national circuit. I will never forget the experiences I had and the friendships I made during my time there. My one regret of my debate career was not going to NSD before my sophomore and junior years.”- Daiya Massac- Bronx Science