Katja Schager

Katja Schager

Katja joined Debattierklub Wien in autumn 2013 with the intent of practicing her spoken English. She then quickly discovered that debating offered her much more, that she found joy in exchanging arguments on a competitive level, in broadening her horizons and adopting perspectives that would intuitively not be her own. Most importantly, she found great friends in DKWien and a feeling of belonging together and familiarity, thus it was no question for her that she would help out with organising Vienna EUDC.

Katja loves travelling and thus loves going to debating events that take her off the beaten track, such as to a competition in Cluj in Romania or a debating conference in Hoorn in the Netherlands. She still draws from her experiences she made as an exchange student in Chicago and still has not seen far too many places worth visiting, she says! When going beyond Europe, she would like to debate in Singapore, or Sydney. What about the host country of Vienna Euros? Katja answers that the potential is there as in any other country, so she hopes that EUDC will contribute to a network of debating societies forming in Austria. What about all these young people travelling to Vienna in August? She hopes that they will come with the attitude that sleep is for the weak, and can be caught up on after the event. Instead of sleeping, debaters will be able to explore beautiful Vienna, its delicious food and its many attractions, although Katja would not advise debaters to ride the merry-go-round at Prater three times in a row exactly after dinner. Participants will find Vienna Euros the perfect EUDC when they see that everything that is within the control of the OrgCom is taken care of and the team leads the crowd by the example of a friendly and welcoming attitude.

Katja joined the OrgCom to learn how to work in a large team, and to test her capacities. From her experience with other large student-run events she knows that a group of strong personalities can clash with each other as the tournament draws closer and the level of stress rises. Therefore, she believes that talking to each other and then talking some more is the best solution, and she is confident that Vienna EUDC is the most professional student crowd she has worked in. After all, volunteer involvement is about the same goal for everyone: Delivering a great Euros and gaining positive experiences – these are the ones that she will remember.

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