I knew that this was the path forward.\r\n\r\n Of course, this was all easier said than done.
Whenever it was my turn to debate, I found that I was more of a deer in the headlights than a person enjoying the spotlight.
I had thirty weeks to teach them the basics of public speaking. I tried my best to blend in and give the impression I was silent by choice.
Gritting my teeth, I split my small group of tutors among the crowd and sat down for an impromptu workshop with the eighth graders. In other words, they reminded me of myself…\r\n\r\n I was born with a speech impediment that weakened my mouth muscles. I joined no clubs in primary school, instead preferring isolation.
With discipline, I drilled, repeating a single speech dozens of times until I got it right.\r\n\r\n Day by day, I began to stand a little taller and talk a little louder both inside and outside of debate.
In a few months, my blood no longer froze when I was called on in class.I found I could finally look other people in the eyes when I talked to them without feeling embarrassed.My posture straightened and I stopped fidgeting around strangers.When seniors began to ask me for advice and teachers recruited me to teach underclassmen, I discovered not only that I had been heard, but that others wanted to listen.At heart, I am still reserved (some things never change), but in finding my voice, I found a strength I could only dream of when I stood in silence so many years ago.\r\n\r\n Standing in front of the crowd of students, it was my hope that by founding this program, I could give them an experience that was as empowering as mine had been for me.I began to voice my opinions as opposed to keeping my ideas to myself.As my debate rank increased from the triple to single-digits, so too did my standing at school.My start was difficult, and I stuttered more than I spoke in those first few weeks.Nonetheless, I began using the same tools as I did when I learned to speak all those years ago: practice and time.This essay highlights her personality and values and helps us imagine how she will collaborate with others throughout different spaces on campus in a diverse student body.By broadening her initial anecdote and having the majority of the essay focus on her reflections and takeaways, we were able to spend even more time learning about Callie.","Through her writing, Callie allows the admissions committee to better understand her approach to learning new perspectives.