Model UN club provides students with mock global politics experience

If you are looking for a club that looks good on college applications and helps build writing and researching skills, Model United Nations club might be the right fit for you.

   Model UN club is a mock United Nations where high school students go to conferences that are simulations of the real United Nations. At these conferences, they act as delegates from countries around the world and work out resolutions with other countries about specific issues.

   These issues are usually problems the world either faced in the past or is facing now such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis or leadership changes and interference from western nations in Africa. There are also stimulations that are based on movies such as Harry Potter, the Avengers, and some made up worlds and situations.

   On December 6, the club had an in-school conference to prepare for upcoming conferences. The goal was to run through the steps of an actual conference so that new members would know what to expect at the real ones and for everyone to get more practice. Co-presidents seniors Lily Byrne and Shrabonti Turna and Vice President, junior Sarah Clarke were the chairs who led the conference.

   The in-school conference was a good learning experience for the new members because it is not easy to simply go to a conference and know what to do. Byrne says, “It’s really hard to just show up at an actual conference without practice because there are specific rules you have to follow and certain ways of talking.”

   After running through all the steps of an actual conference, they decided to change it up a little with what is called a “fun MUN committee” which is where anything can happen. This conference ended with a twist. Clarke says, “The fun MUN ended with Russia nuking every country in Africa but Libya.”

   One reason Clarke likes Model UN club is because of how much she enjoys it. She says, “you get to meet new people, make memories, and take a break from the pressures of school.” She also appreciates the skills she has learned from her years being in the club. “It is a great way to practice research and public speaking,” she says, “and over these last three years I think Model UN has helped me develop those skills.”

   If Model UN sounds like a club you’d enjoy, feel free to join them on Fridays in social studies teacher Robert Danis’ room. Byrne says,“Everyone on the team is really nice and we’re all really welcoming, and we have a good time; we have cookies and cupcakes and stuff.”