Thank You

Thank you for supporting the WDI!  Your donation truly makes a difference.
Read a few lines from Thank You notes from the WDI debaters.

Thank you so much for donating to the WDI!  I cannot tell you how truly thankful I am to attend something as wonderful and empowering as this program. I am going to be a senior and I am also the only girl on my team.  Policy debate has become a tremendous part of my life, and I hope to continue it in college!

There are unlimited reasons for me to be grateful for your contributions to WDI.  Just to begin, you, along with many others, have given me an experience I would not have been able to previously afford. You have placed me into a culturally rich and accepting environment.  I am able to further flourish as a person, woman, and debaters thanks to your dedication to the cause, changing the world and ‘norms’ as we know it.  I attend a school in the city.  I debate for an urban league, and I am the first female captain on my debate team – EVER.  I cannot stress how much I appreciate WDI, your contributions, and the female debate community that showered me with love, respect, advice and unconditional support.

I am a 3rd year debater entering my senior year of high school.  I attended to WDI 2 years ago and I had a blast!  This year, however, was even more fun, inspiring, and educational (if that’s possible).  And I have you to thank for this amazing experience!  Your support of the WDI enabled me to learn tactics for cross-examining my opponents, to swim in a Minnesota lake for the 1st time, and talk to and debate with one of my debate idols, Carly.  Maybe even more than all the education, out-doorsy fun and one-on-one time with amazing female role models, getting to know all these girls and knowing I have lifelong friends in debate is so special!  Earlier tonight we gathered around a campfire, ate s’mores and all went around to say thanks to one person who impacted us at camp.  It was so beautiful and emotional to hear and share all the love and appreciation for every girl.  Each camper and staff member transformed from a stranger to a sister in just 4 days.  We became a family, all because of your support for the WDI.  Thank you so much for making it possible for me to meet and befriend all these powerful, smart and kind women.

Thank you so much for sponsoring the WDI this year!  It was an amazing, wonderful experience and I’m so appreciative that you saw that too.  This was my first time at a camp with all women.  The debate community is stressful as it is, so it’s wonderful to have a whole group of girls who understand how hard it is to be a woman in that environment and to be looked at different because of that.  While at camp, I got really stressed out about things in the upcoming year, and the staff and students were so helpful and supportive of me.  My experience here has truly been invaluable.  Thank you so very much.

Thank you for supporting WDI.  This experience is fantastic.  I love the staff, speakers, debates and girls.  I know you personally have a lot to do, but it means a lot to me that you would invest into our program.  Because of this, I’m thinking about debating in college which I never ever have thought of, but WDI has given me confidence to.  Thank you.

Coming to WDI has really helped me realize some things about debate that I really was unaware of, like certain flow techniques and strategies.  Coming to this camp has not only been educational, it’s been a great life experience for me.  I felt really welcomed here every single day of being here, which is something that I don’t feel often.  I made a great network of strong, humble debate women and new friends who truly care about me.   Also, the skills that I have gained from this experience are skills that will never leave me as a debater, a student, and a woman.  I am truly grateful for this experience, I hope to return for many more years.  Your contributions are greatly respected and appreciated.  Thank you a million times!

I cannot explain in words how much your monetary donations as well as your support for the WDI has impacted my life.  The WDI was a life changing experience for myself and without you I would not have been able to attend the WDI.  I have learned so much at the WDI and I plan to share what I have learned with my debate team back home as well as with my community as I outreach to the younger generation.  Thank you so much for contributing to my education as well as the education of others.

I write this card with sincere gratitude for all you do to help out and donate to amazing camps like the WDI.  This year I was given the great opportunity to be a junior counselor and really work with the girls about debate, confidence, and many other things.  To see their faces eagerly awaiting a lecture from me or the other WDI staff brings so much appreciation to my heart for people like you who are willing to contribute in any and every way possible.  Thank you for all you’ve done and know that you are appreciated by the campers and the staff!

I write you this note to thank you for being such a generous person to the WDI.  With the support of people like you I had the opportunity to travel to Minnesota for free.  The staff of this Institute treated us so well that I will never be able to pay them back.  Doing this camp was the best time of my life because I was doing the thing I really like, which is debate, but also because it helps me be who I am, stand for myself and have the chance to learn from many different cultures.  Your support means so much to me because without it I would never meet those new and cool people.  Debate has helped me express myself in what I believe.  Also, it helps me a lot with my English as an English learner.  I really appreciate your support – it means a lot to me.  Thank you again.

I wanted to thank you so much for giving me the opportunity of being in the Women’s Debate Institute.  It was an amazing experience to be here and thanks to this opportunity it made me a stronger person and debater.  Thank you so much. I will forever hold this experience as a memory.

Thank you very much for contributing to make the Women’s Debate Institute possible.  I came in with little formal instruction, so camp has been very helpful to develop and refine the way I debate.  This was an amazing opportunity to work with amazing staff and speakers.  Thanks again!

I write this note to thank you for supporting the WDI which is really a good organization that is always available to help students when it comes to debate and above all our future in general.  Debate has helped me so much and also changed my life.  You can’t imagine how I used to feel, and scared knowing that as an English learned I would never be able to stand for myself and speak up.  Debate proved me wrong; it shows me that no matter where you come from and how negative you might think about yourself, you can always stand up for yourself and be the person you want to be.  Moreover, with the help of this Institute, I learned so many thing not only that will be good in the future, but throughout my whole life.

Thank you so much for your support of WDI.  I am so grateful to be here.  I feel like I can be a good debater when I come here.  I’m in Lincoln Douglas debate and I am learning various things but in a fun way.  Because of your support (and others) I can come here and listen to speakers and figure out how to debate.  I even wrote my first case!  Thank you for making my summer.

I compete in Lincoln-Douglas and have for four years.  I wanted to thank you for supporting the WDI because it is an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.  I was here last year and was able to form such close relationships with the community that I knew I was going to come back again  Thank you!

I was very nervous when I was told that I’d be debating in front of you, but actually I ended up having the best time.  I’d like to thank you for helping the WDI to be so close to my home.  Last year, I came to this retreat center not knowing what to expect and now I am leaving with some great memories, friends and mentors.  Also, thank you for giving such helpful comments about the debate because is was very encouraging.  Hearing how debate changed your life beyond high school was very inspiring, and I plan to be involved in this activity for many years to come.  Thank you!

Attending WDI was really fun and a lot of work.  I learned how to make strong cases.  Also, meeting new people and making new friends.  I just want to say thank you for believing in this institution.  I plan on coming next year.  Thanks!

Here at WDI I learned how to flow, turn disads, and build a case with research.  I love WDI so much – all the staff here was such a great help.  They listened, taught, and really got to know me.  Lastly, but not least, you’re very awesome!  I’m planning to come again next year.  If it wasn’t for your support, I don’t know where I would be.  Thank you so much.

My appreciation for your contribution to the WDI is unlimited.  You have helped place me in an amazing, accepting, supportive community.  I am confident to say that your dedication to improve the ‘norms’ of gender roles motivates me on a regular basis to assure my voice is heard.  Your contributions have allowed me to experience something I would not have been able to afford.  For that, and many other reasons, I thank you.  I have a better support system to break down the community – female, strong, debate captain, for the win and change.  Respect and appreciation.

I am a senior entering my 3rd year of policy debate.  I want to thank you so much for your contribution to the WDI!  The WDI changed my life 2 years ago when I attended as a freshman.  That summer, I became a feminist and made friends I still have today.  I knew going into this last year of high school debate, I wanted that same inspiring and positive experience.  These past few days exceeded all of those desires.  From the amazing girls I got to meet, to the wise and charismatic staff, to the gorgeous lake next to camp, everything has been wonderful!  I got to participate in the demo debate, partnering with Carly, whom I look up to so much!  Having the chance to ask her questions was remarkable, but even more just having a talk with her during prep time before a speech was so inspiring.  It is something I will never forget.  And really, I owe all of these experiences to you.  Your support of the WDI enabled me to attend.  Thank you so much!  Because of you and the WDI I am now entering into my debate season rejuvenated and inspired to debate like a girl!

I really want to thank you for sponsoring me at this institute.  I love debate and it’s so nice to have the opportunity to be around powerful women who have overcome gender expectations, since it can be really tough in debate.  The women here were the most supportive and intelligent women I’ve ever had the chance to interact with all at once.  Their outlooks on debate, and just being a woman in general, I know will really help me this year, not only at being successful in-round, but at feeling confident over all.  Thank you immensely to the Kansas State University debate program!

I thank you very much for everything you have done to help the WDI; because of your help I was able to attend WDI.  Since I was able to attend WDI I got to meet really nice people as well as get to know more about debate. I’m glad I was able to learn more about debate because I see debate as life, and the more I learn about debate the longer I live (well, that’s how I feel!).  Once again I thank you very much for this wonderful experience I thought I’d never have.

I loved being at camp meeting new people and getting to see different personalities that were so amazing and fun.  I was inspired to take on the world. As well, I was inspired to be the best I can be, to not be afraid of what the people around me are going to say or think of me.  The girls of this camp really changed my life and the days that I spent here were the best.  I can’t deny to say that all these girls made an impact in my life in any sorta way.  I loved it!  A LOT!  Now I feel more powerful and stronger and more confident.  It feels GREAT!

I was blessed with the opportunity to attend WDI this week.  Never in my life have I met so many strong, independent women in or out of the debate world.  I will carry these friendships and for that I deeply thank you.

Being able to come to the WDI this summer was such a great experience.  This experience has opened my eyes that there are people who don’t know you at all and are nice enough to give up their time and teach us debaters without getting paid.  This experience has opened my eyes to the lives of different girls all over our country.  I give much thanks to you because, without your support, I wouldn’t have gone through this.  Thank you so much.

I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart  for you contribution to WDI.  The experiences of my best week are outstanding ones and I have you to thank!

I want to thank both of you  – you’re both inspiring because you accomplished your dreams.  I want to be able to accomplish my dreams and it starts with debate.  I can have that option because you donated.

This is my first year going to a summer debate camp.  This experience has been great.  I learned how to not fear leaving away from my home and family.  The staff are great people, I truly mean this because I only lived with them for 5 days and we all connected and felt like family.  All of this happy experience wouldn’t have come to reality without your support.  Thank you so much.

Thank you very much for making WDI possible.  I am a rising senior.  Coming to WDI has taught me important debate skills but also has shown me the importance of a strong, unique and supportive community of women.  I now appreciate debate even more because I have seen the valuable networks and friendships and additionally the educational value.

Words cannot possibly explain my experience at the Women’s Debate Camp!  Not only have I learned so much, but I’ve made many things and gained great memories.  I know that this experience wouldn’t have happened without any of the donors, like yourself.  Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.

My experience here at the WDI.  Not only have I gained the confidence to master debate, but I’ve also made numerous connections and many memories with the women here at camp.  None of this would be possible without the Wake Forest fellowship.  I am greatly appreciative and I would like to thank you for the opportunity.

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to join the WDI.  Honestly, it was the greatest experience of my life.  I will always be thankful for you helping this Institute that made me so much stronger and a better debater.  Once again, thank you so much for everything.

I will love to tell you about how appreciative I am of you for helping make the WDI possible.  Because of you, I got an opportunity of a lifetime.  I learned so much about the concept and mental sport of debate.  I also learned that I was not alone before and I am not alone in the present either.  People like you give me the extra push that I need to reach success, and for that, I would love to thank you for your support.

I am filled with gratitude with having this opportunity to thank you for your generosity.  Because of your donations to the WDI, I got the chance to explore and understand the world of debate.  I was able to make many new friends, who loved what I loved.  People like you inspire me and give me hope.  I am very appreciative of your support when it comes to empowering strong willed women.

I was given an opportunity to attend WDI this summer and I’m glad I took it.  My experience at WDI was awesome.  I met a lot of great people, built friendships, learned a lot, met awesome supportive staff, and got to experience a new environment.  I’m thankful that you see a great institute being run within WDI and giving young girls a chance to excel and better themselves by being an active participant with us.  Thank you!

I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks.  Being a Latino woman and a younger child growing up in a tough life is extremely hard.  With few people to support me, it is people like you that give me a chance of a lifetime.  WDI has been great and I would like to say thank you!

I am going to be a senior.  I was chosen to attend WDI this summer 2012 and at first I wasn’t really ready to go but my coaches and family said it would be a good opportunity.  I decided, Sure, why not?  I finally get to go somewhere outside of Boston and Rhode Island.  As I got on my flight Saturday morning, I was still not into it.  We got to NJ to switch flights, then I started to get a little more excited and once we got to Minnesota I was so ready for it.  My experience here was amazing.  I met so many people, built friendships, learned a lot, and celebrated my birthday.  I just want to thank you for believing in this Institute.  Thank you!

Thank you so much!  This opportunity you gave me has helped me create relationships with debaters around the nation.  I am so grateful that individuals actually were nice enough to help debates that needed financial aid.  And because of you guys, I have developed the skills I need in order to be successful this debate season and in my future.

Thank you very much for contributing to make the WDI a reality.  It was such a unique environment and atmosphere!  Since I had little formal instruction coming into camp, the staff and lectures have really shaped the way that I have developed as a debater.  I am so much more confident and educated now!  Thanks again.

Arriving at this camp, I was very unsure of myself, what I was going to do, and the type of people I would meet.  I can honestly say, since the first day of this camp, I entered a whole new framework dynamic of family.  Not only did I learn new debate skills that will take me to the next level in debate and as a student, I also felt very welcomed here and I made great caring friends.  I am truly thankful for this experience and for your contributions that made this experience possible.  Thank you very much.

I would like to take the time to thank you for your donations to the WDI.  It is because of you I was able to attend.  The WDI has impacted my life in an indescribable way.  I plan to take what I have learned and not only apply it to the way I debate, but also help my fellow teammates apply new debate methods.  It is only because of people like you that all of this is possible.  Thank you so much.

I really want to thank you for giving me the opportunity.  I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your donations.  I deeply appreciate it because I enjoy debating and love the idea of having my voice heard.  This means a lot to me.  Thank you so much!

I came into the U.S.A. four years ago and I have never had as much fun and great experiences as I did in the WDI.  Although this was my first debate camp, I can’t and won’t replace any of the experience and educational benefit for anything in the world.  I want to say a BIG thank you for being a part of this community because it is absolutely phenomenal.  I love debate so much because it gives me so much confidence and I have built so much of that in this camp.  So I really appreciate it.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I wanted to personally let you both know that you have made a difference in my life.  Debate can cost a lot of money and I was so grateful that individuals decided to donate money to an organization that actually tries to make a difference. The WDI helped me feel pride in myself again.  The program and lectures motivated me to go debate in college.  And I have both of you guys to thank for that.  Thank you!

I came into the USA four years ago and I currently live in MN.  I joined debate 2 years ago and I have never had as much fun and great experience as I did at WDI.  Although this was my very first debate camp, I can’t and won’t replace any of the experiences and educational benefit for anything in the world.  I want to say a BIG thank you for being a part of this community because it is absolutely phenomenal.  I love debate so much because it gives me so much confidence and I have built so much of that in this camp.  I really appreciate it.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thank you very much for your support in making the WDI a great and feasible experience.  The several days spent at the camp have taught me key debate skills but also have reinforced the value and opportunity of networking within a strong and unique community.  Debate, generally, has taught me to voice my opinions which is a great lesson young adults must know.

I just want to thank you for donating to the WDI.  I’ve been in debate for a year now and I enjoy it a lot.  I love that feeling of accomplishment and knowing I did something productive and that it’s helping my future. My time at the WDI was amazing.  I really enjoyed myself in the process of learning.  I really wish to meet you one day and just so you can see for yourself how much we are interested in the WDI.  We all appreciate the donation and we wish to keep it going so future debaters can have this experience.

I’ve been in debate for a year and this is my first time in WDI.  I would really like to  thank you for donating to this program.  You helped give us an extra day in this wonderful experience.  That one day meant a lot.  It gave us another day of learning and getting to spend more time together. I really wish that WDI sticks around and it’s people like you that help keep good things like this going.  Once again I would love to say thank you!

Thank you so much for donating to the WDI.  I cannot tell you how truly thankful I am to attend something as wonderful and empowering as this program.  I am going to be a senior, and I am also the only girl on my debate team. Policy debate has become a tremendous part of my life, and I hope to continue it in college!

I would like to take this grateful opportunity to be able to thank you for my WDI experience.  As a Latino female and an only girl child, plus being the youngest, it’s difficult to go out of my zone.  Coming from a tough life it’s hard to follow your dreams, having so many people not supporting you, especially your family.  But having people who care about women in debate is just amazing.  This definitely changed me and I would like to say thank you!