One of the best words of advice I've ever heard is to get out of your comfort zone, and Mock Trial has aided me in doing just that; honestly, I never thought that I'd become a lawyer. Mock Trial is one of the many amazing extracurricular activities offered at Germantown High School. Each year, the club is assigned a court case: it can be a criminal case or a civil case. Schools all over the city are able to experience what an actual trial is like. During the competition, students act as lawyers and witnesses, an actual judge is appointed to oversee the case, and the jury consists of lawyers who provide tips for participating students. This experience is immensely helpful for anyone debating whether or not they want to go into the field of law. Conversely, those who don't see themselves as the future lawyers of America —much like myself— have just as much to gain.
Last year was my first year being a member of the Mock Trial family. Sure, it was a bit awkward for me in the beginning considering I was the newest member, but by the end of the year, we were like a second family. The relationship is expected when you spend so much time with one another; however, despite all of the practices and meetings put into the club, I've never felt that the club was too demanding. In fact, I consider it to be fun and extremely rewarding.
In participating in GHS's Mock Trial, I've been able to improve my public speaking and even better my argumentative skills. Additionally, I've been able to form new friendships with people I never expected to; clubs are a great way to meet new people and create bonds with peers that you don't usually get to associate with. Luckily, I made the decision to join Mock Trial, and I strongly encourage anyone willing to do so as well.