Debate teaches essay writing skills. Because a debater is required to process information so quickly (as discussed in a previous post about reading skills), a debater is also able to regurgitate that information rapidly. That process of regurgitation allows a debater to make fluffy and long sentences quickly and efficiently. It doesn’t seem like it would make a major difference, but every debater that I’ve talked to has expressed the opinion that their time in debate has elevated their abilities to write essays. This is especially useful as college progresses, because each student will be required to write larger amounts more frequently. Thus, this skill is incredibly useful for progressing throughout a debater’s education.