Jose Sandoval
Grad year: 2018
Major: International Studies with a concentration in Political Economy; Minor in Economics

What role does the AUDL play in your Emory experience?

The AUDL allows me to physically and mentally get away from the confines of being an “Emory Student”. It’s mentally draining to sometimes feel like you are in an endless loop among classes, school work, and social life responsibilities. So when I go to AUDL tournaments it’s actually a sign of relief (minus the early start). I get to see myself the College Bridge coordinator have the ability to give them tips and advice that could change their life. Moreover, the location and atmosphere is such a nice change of pace that when you come back to campus your ready for the monotony of the week’s assignments and so on. Attending these tournaments are mentally and physically refreshing.

What have you learned during your time with the AUDL so far?

I have learned how powerful the Emory name means to many of the AUDL students that come to the tournaments. At a tournament hosted by Arabian Mountain High School, I was passing around flyers for students to sign up to learn more about College Bridge. As I was passing the fliers around I would pitch the program to them to get them interested and in several occasions they would cut me off and say, “all you had to say is that you go to Emory and we will fill out whatever.” At that moment, I realized that every Emory University student has a responsibility to promote positivity and service.

Tell us a story about your time with us.

After going over the debate manual with James and feeling ready to take on any challenge that came as a judge for my first AUDL tournament, I would have never foreseen what was about to happen. Within minutes of leaving the judge’s lounge, I sat down with 4 middle school students (6th grade). I introduced myself, spoke with them for a couple of minutes as I could see they were anxious. I read through the rules and everything seemed fine until it was the first person’s turn to speak. Before a single word could come out of his mouth he widened his eyes like he had seen a ghost. While staring at me he began to sob. Tears rolled off his checks and he could only murmur “I’m sorry” repeatedly. After I told him to get a drink of water to ease his nerves he came back and got a few sentences in to his argument before he broke down again. This was my introduction to AUDL.