The HAFS Debate Conference has always provided participants with fruitful and enjoyable educational opportunities. And this year, I am more than thrilled as a convener to organize yet another great learning experience for all, working along such dedicated and amazing faculty members. Should somebody ask me if the value of debate still remains relevant to the contemporary world, I shall answer back that of course it still does. Your confidence to speak before the public, your open-mindedness to listen to others, and your ability to respond back with strong conviction to your thoughts are equally essential skills today, as it was in the past. This year’s debate conference will be a transformational experience: not only will it encourage you to think outside the box, but sometimes it will even push yourself to your limit and make you think over topics you might be unfamiliar with. Yet, you will reap intellectual benefits from the diversity of opinions and original thoughts that come from the minds of your talented fellow debaters and improve yourself, listening to the valuable advice from well-experienced adjudicators. And you need not to fear this. Just enjoy it because debate is never about winning or losing, it’s all about learning and having fun.