March 15, 2013 at 8:45 am
So, there is s song that has inspired this week’s post. Hopefully, if you know it you won’t judge me for using it– I really only know two or three lines. The reason it has been inspiring is because, as the song says we “started from the bottom now we’re here.”
Throughout this year I have written about my experiences in class, work, and mock trial. Now as a write, I have competed in both a regional and national mock trial competition.
Admittedly, we were the underdogs, or so they thought, when went to our mock trial competition. TU has not always had a consistent showing in our region. We quickly showed them that we were there to play and we were not going down without a fight.
In the end we made it to our regional finals. We beat the teams that consistently made it to the finals and placed. We advanced to nationals and as far as we know it this was only the second time in TU history that one of our teams made it to nationals for BLSA. The first time being just a few short years ago when our coach and former ambassador and his team made it.
We had two weeks to learn a new fact pattern for nationals. We practiced nearly everyday to go through our direct examinations, cross-examinations, opening statements and closing arguments.
When we arrived at the airport we were a teammate short. And when we boarded our flight we were still a teammate short. Our teammate missed the flight. We pleaded with the competition director who allowed us to substitute a 1L who had joined us in her place. She had not had any trial skills courses or evidence and we still made it through the first elimination and earned high scores.
In the end we did not make it to the final round but we still made a great showing despite starting from the bottom. We put TU back on the map this year. Next year, I am confident we will be in the finals in both the regional and national competition.