Inside Nazi Mind

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Nina Burik This year marks the first Nazi Mind trial without Mr. Fript’s leadership, a change that, for some, seemed unfathomable. For the current lawyers, defendants, and judges, however, the class was a success. Sophomore Claudia Ballen said even without Mr. Fript, “my experience was outstanding.” The true merit of this class is dependent on the hard work put in by the student, not the teacher. While many find their hard work for the class to be rewarding, the commitment required for this course — the countless nights students spend on perfecting their arguments, collecting information for their evidence binders, and the emotional weight it holds in one’s mind — is nearly indescribable. Eli Aronson said, “I’ve never been a part of a class that took so much dedication.” Despite the responsibility required, Ballen also said, “although it is a rigorous class, it’s rewarding in all aspects.” Not only is this legendary course educational in terms of WWII and legality, it also helps students cultivate sustainable work habits. “This class has definitely taught me a lot about work ethic,” Pamela Cameron said. Nazi Mind consistently forces students to understand what works for them in regards to prioritization and basic organization. It also pushes students to become more analytical in their thinking — “everyone has to prepare the same things” Cameron added. Additionally, students are urged to improve their improvisational skills. Despite his initial nerves, “having to improvise during my actual trial was a ton of fun,” Aronson said. Nazi Mind is a gruesomely demanding class, oftentimes stressful and draining. However, the satisfaction one feels after the trial is nothing short of euphoric. Upon reflection, Aronson said, “if you’re willing to do the work, it’s fun and I would definitely recommend it.”]]>