So I wanted to bring this forum back to life and I had a really interesting scenario play in my head.. so everyone, pretend (if you aren't already) an underclassman, who will still participate in forensics AFTER Nationals.
What if you won NATIONALS in your own event this summer?
Would you continue that same event? Would you change it at nats(a la Karen Joshi, Anthony Francomacaro)?
Do you think the pressure would be higher for you with each performance at any meet (local, regional, state, National, etc.) because people would expect a lot from the "HI Champion" or the "Oratory Champion?" Would you compete less because of that -- since you wouldn't want others to think that you shouldn't have won, or even stop competing at all since the trophies at local meets just aren't as good as your national championship one?
Would you rely on "just being a national champ" to help get you through to break rounds? Would that help? Would you be seen as a normal competitor anymore?
So much stress comes from winning, me thinks (if you're not a senior).
What would YOU do?!
I'm curious to see the answers, especially from competitors I know who happen to be juniors this year and are going to Nationals.