Model UN: A good experience for all students, despite your major

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MODEL United Nations. APRIL 13 TO APRIL 16 2017.

I will never forget my Model United Nations experience because it was such an amazing time. First of all, I had been to Model Arab league in the past and that was amazing too. Model Arab League was hosted by the University of North Dakota. Model Arab League is a diplomatic simulation and leadership development program. It is designed to give students insight into the Middle East and the Arab world as well as build critical leadership skills from public speaking to negotiation and compromise. I represented Somalia and was in the political and security council. I loved meeting students from other schools and networking. I loved being able to talk to other students who acted as diplomats and I was able to get support to pass my resolution. My favorite parts were the debates. I saw amazing public speakers stand up and defend their resolutions and explain why they were better than an enemy country’s resolution.

College students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities

Students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. I loved being able to speak like a diplomat and I learned that working with others is very important to bring in a wealth of ideas to any discussions. No one is an island and we all need people in our lives to contribute and enrich it. I also believe the same applied to international politics and diplomacy. Diplomats need each others’ support to be successful. Diplomacy requires cooperating with people and even those who do not have the same views as you. In international politics, DIplomats need to think of the countries they are representing before thinking of personal views because the countries you represent are more important than any personal beliefs.

I went to my first Model United Nations with my classmates and I was really excited about it because It is preparing me for my ideal future career. We got there Thursday afternoon although we left Wednesday night. We got to Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and We checked into the hotel. I loved being able to refresh after hours of journey. I think the journey was between eleven to twelve hours. I met my group mates for dinner and we went to Buffalo Wild Wings, that was so amazing because I got to be around people who had similar goals with me. We then went back to dress up to check into the program so that we could do our opening statements. That was really cool. I got to give the opening speech for Iran 9 the country I represented). I was excited to represent a country that was not too familiar with me because that is how we grow and learn. By pushing ourselves from our comfort zones and doing things we never thought we could do.

I then got notes from other delegates complementing my speech and that helped boost my confidence. Friday was my day of trying to get to understand how the conference would go. I sat in the Political and Security Committee and I listened to other people’s speeches and then had my turn to talk. I was nervous at first but I told myself, what’s the worst that will happen if I make mistakes? Are we not students who are learning? How do we learn if we do not make mistakes? So I faced my fears and stood in front of the group and spoke. I did my best but my resolution was not passed. So I learned to do better and make my resolutions clearer in future.

That night I was determined to speak up more and believe in myself. I spoke up and gave a speech on at least eight resolutions and made sure that I did my research before taking a stance on whether to support a resolution or not. I always wanted to educate myself on the issues so that I would make the best decisions. The one thing about me is that I always want to do things the right way so that I can produce a great result.

My ultimate favorite part was when the representative from the Democratic Republic Of Korea kept referring to the 105th birthday of the King Kim Sung. April 15 is the most important day in the North Korean calendar. It made all of us laugh and we later sang a happy birthday song to the king. The dinner was amazing and I loved seeing my colleagues shine and get awards. We then went back to our campus Sunday morning. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate.

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Oluwatobi is a college student trying to make things work. She loves writing and listening to music. You can always see her with a pen trying to jot down notes. Oluwatobi loves to learn and meet new people.