CUI Forensics Profile: Judith Teruya

September 23, 2019 - 1 minute read

Judith Teruya

What was your major and graduation year?

I graduated from Concordia in 2018. I majored in Behavioral Sciences: Sociology.

What was your favorite thing about being a part of Concordia Forensics?

I loved being part of a team that really felt more like family. Everyone loved the activity and we were able to challenge each other in our academics and competitive abilities. Concordia Forensics introduced me to some of the closest friends I have today.

What’s a fond memory of Concordia that you hold?

There was one tournament the debate team attended in Kansas and the rental car we had reserved turned out to be a little smaller than we had anticipated. We made some really good memories laughing through the cramped hour and a half car ride.

What, in your opinion, makes Concordia Forensics unique from other forensics programs?

Concordia prioritizes your number one responsibility in college, which is to be a student. I have always appreciated that my coaches at Concordia helped me place my competitive success in its appropriate space within my academic development.

Tell us a little bit about your current or most recent job.

I am currently in graduate school at the University of California Irvine earning a Masters of Public Policy. I also work as a graduate research assistant in Concordia’s Office of Institutional Research and with the Niskanen Center as a research policy intern.

What part of speech/debate have you found the most useful in your career?

I have found so many things about debate useful in my career. The research skills you learn and the countless hours of writing files definitely gave me an edge over my peers in graduate school and policy work. Additionally, the ability to process, analyze, and resolve arguments at very quick speeds is applicable in a litany of fields and definitely one of the most useful skills I developed through competition.

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