Are you a high school student considering doing forensics in college?
What is college forensics?
Simply put, its the college version of high school speech! We prepare speeches, and each weekend perform them in a competition.
How is high school speech different from college speech?
High school and college speech are actually very similar. We work hard, attend tournaments, and have tons of fun. The tournaments are usually two day affairs, and they have multiple "flights" for the different events. College tend to travel farther than high schools usually do for competitions.
What are the differences in events between high school and college?
Depending on your state, college events are very similar to high school NFL events. College students compete in poetry, prose, drama, ADS, POI, Duo, CA, Informative, Persuasion, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu. To see event descriptions, click here.
How much of a time commitment is college forensics at Gustavus?
College forensics can take quite a bit of time, but the coaching staff will work with you to ensure a proper balance between competitive speech and debate and your academic activities. The squad has team meetings once a week, and students are expected to practice their events regularly -- both with the coaching staff as well as with their peers. The good thing about practicing is that you can choose when to do it and schedule your own coach practices, so you can work around hard classes or other activities. There are also tournaments, which can take the entire weekend, but the travel schedule is designed to ensure that there are no more than eight away tournaments each semester as well as twelve to fourteen "local" competitive opportunities in the Mankato or Twin Cities area.
Can I be in college forensics and still participate in other campus activities (Choir, Band, CII, Theatre, different majors, etc)?
Yes! If you look at our team bio page you can see that our entire team has a wide variety of majors, including people who are pre-med and have notoriously tough majors such as physics and math. Gustavus offers a wide variety of activities, most of which are able to co-exist with forensics as long as you are organized and communicate with the coaches/directors of each organization. It is also possible to be on choir/band/theatre scholarship as well as the speech scholarship.
Do I have to audition to be on the Gustavus Forensics Team? Are there scholarships available?
You do not have to to audition in order to be part of the team, and yes, there are speech and debate scholarships available. Follow this link for more information about the speech and debate scholarship.
What are college tournaments like?
College tournaments fall under two categories. Some are considered a "swing", which is two separate tournaments (often hosted by different schools) within the same weekend. There are also tournaments that run over the course of two days, but are only one tournament (one awards ceremony, etc). Some tournaments are two-flight two-round, meaning that you perform each event twice and there are two groups of events. There are also tournaments with three rounds, which have either 3 flights or two flights. Other than that, they are almost exactly the same as high school speech.