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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I bring a laptop?

Yes, particularly if you already have access to one.  We encourage you to do so.  While it is not 100% necessary, it is becoming close. Debate, in all its forms, is moving towards a paperless world.  Gone are the days of massive tubs of evidence weighing 50 pounds each. They have been replaced with electronic files.  If you don't have access to a laptop, it isn't the end of the world by any means. In that case, you should bring extra paper, highlighters, and an accordion for filing papers.

2.  I have a laptop, but is it sufficient?

It is best to have access to Microsoft Word, and after that, pretty much any computer will get the job done for camp.

3. What else should I bring for debating?

A jump or flash drive is always nice to have for transferring evidence between the debaters and judges.  Other than that, the laptop should take care of most of your needs for debating.

4.  Can I participate in debates if I don't have a laptop?

Absolutely, multiple students do it every summer, particularly in the 2 week group.  Just remember to bring something to organize all the paper evidence that you will get.

5.  How much money should I bring with me?

A lot less than you think. In fact, given that the registration fees cover all expenses, you should not need a lot of cash for anything else. There is a CVS in the Emory Village where you can purchase things you might need during your stay. There are also on campus food options that you may want to visit occasionally just to eat somewhere different.

You do need to bring cash, check, or money orders to cover the key and Emory Card deposits. The key deposit is $75.00 (for residential students only), and the Emory Card deposit is $25.00 (for both residential and commuter students). We seal the deposits in an envelope when you check in and return the sealed envelopes to you if you do not lose your key or your Emory Card.

6. What does my money cover?

The registration covers all meals, housing, and registration.  It is conceivable that you would need no additional cash.  However, most students bring some spending money to buy drinks, snacks, and souveniers while on campus. 

7.  Will I be able to attend church or my religious ceremonies?

Yes! There are multiple religious services that exist on or near Emory's campus. Feel free to communicate with the ENDI staff about helping to find the religious services you need.

8.  Can I just leave campus whenever I want to?

No. There are a set of places that it is okay to visit on campus anytime that you aren't checked into your dorm. Those include the quad, Library, DUC, and the classrooms we have access to. In addition, there are places in the Emory Village (shops adjacent to Emory's front gates) that you can visit during specified hours in the schedule (lunch & dinner breaks). Just keep in mind that a member of the ENDI staff needs to know where you are at all times.

You can also be checked out by a parent/guardian or someone approved by the parents and guardians. Participants need to be checked out and checked back in by the Residence Hall staff members.

9. I work out a lot.  Will I be able to work out while at camp?

The Woodruff P.E. Center (a.k.a. WoodPEC) is the gym on Emory's campus. It is adjacent to the Dobbs University Center (a.k.a. the DUC), Emory's student union where the dining hall is located. All students will have access. The schedule allows for either early morning through evening work-outs.  It is very easy to attend the ENDI and also maintain your work out schedule.

11. What happens during a medical emergency?

Thankfully, Emory has multiple hospitals on campus. Students that need professional medical attention are taken to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Emergency Room (it's on Emory's campus). If any medical issues arise during the ENDI, a staff member will call guardians or emergency contacts listed on the medical form.

12. Who will be in charge of residential facilities?

The ENDI has hired several Residence Hall professionals and vetted Emory students to serve as Residence Hall staff. All staff (both residential and teaching faculty) go through training and have a background check prior to being hired.