Participating in the 2017 National Model UN conference was a great opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds and worldviews. Model UN is a simulation that tests your ability to communicate, negotiate, and to set your role as an individual in a group. It allowed me to be a part of a large group setting with conflicting views, and taught me not only to overcome conflicts through alliance and negotiation – but also to make sure that those who are underrepresented as a result of the group’s power dynamic become equally represented. In less than a week, I discovered new things about myself and my preferred career path.
The foremost thing I gained from my experience representing Iraq in the simulation at the UN was renewing my interest in taking new challenges. These included challenges to work with people I had never met before, challenges to step up and question the group’s power dynamic, and challenges to be open to change, compromise and diplomacy.
— Alanoud Alammar ’18
Pace University New York City students visit Edinburgh Castle during the 2017 Scotland Model UN conference. The blog post’s author, Jason Vargas ’17, is on the right, back row.
As I graduate this spring, I am looking back at my years here at Pace University in New York City. The one class that I can say that truly had an impact on my life and future endeavors is Model United Nations (POL303A and POL303C). Beginning my undergraduate studies in Fall 2013 I had absolutely no idea how much I would grow as a student and how this class would be responsible for much of that. I came into Pace with another major but after just one semester of Model UN I quickly found out what my real passion was. I changed my major to Political Science to better fit what I want to study and do in my life. Switching my major and focusing on international relations was honestly the best decision I have ever made in my life.
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Pace University students Malissa Kelly ’19, Emili Kalashnikova ’20, Curtis Robinson ’19, Edward Thiede ’20 and Maria Parubi ’19 (left to right) at United Nations Headquarters for the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City.
Model United Nations class was a blast! I am that student who wants to understand the fathoms of Political Science as deep as possible,. This class not only taught me what it is like to think like a diplomat who wants to express voices of those who do not have the voice, but also how to choose the right information and be able to negotiate ideas if others in the group do not think that it is relevant or will help the cause.
Carina Babenko ’22 (left) and Kaisia Williams ’19, at United Nations Headquarters, representing Tanzania at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City.
Model United Nations is an opportunity that I believe every student should take advantage of. Participating in the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City offered the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of different minds from all around the world. College students from places ranging as far as only a few counties away to countries like China, came together to share ideas and thoughts about issues that impact the entire world. Getting to experience everyone’s viewpoints which were so different from my own was refreshing and enlightening. Thanks to this conference, I have created friendships with amazing people I never would have gotten to know otherwise.
Deanna Turzi ’17 (left) and Elianie Disla ’18 (right), at United Nations Headquarters, representing Tanzania at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City.
The 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City was my first. I represented the United Republic of Tanzania in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). I took Model UN my senior year because although I have always been interested in the course, I was nervous about the public speaking element. Looking back on my own experience, I wish I had done it sooner!
If you are nervous about any part of Model UN, don’t let your fears drive you, just go for it! As a reserved student who would have never seen herself in a conference like MUN just a year ago, I can tell you that during the course you will gain confidence, skills, and friends to help you face your fears.
Pace University New York City Model UN students visiting UN Headquarters during Fall 2016 semester.
Pace University Model United Nations students represented their university very well this year, with a strong showing in three conferences:
- They took home 14 awards for their excellence in the November 2016 National Model United Nations conference in DC. This tied them second out of 45 universities and institutions in the number of awards received. Read more here.
- Twelve students participated in the 2017 Scotland Model UN (SCOTMUN) conference, a small but competitive simulation in Edinburgh, UK, 3-5 March 2017. The conference was unusual in that it had students representing the media as well as Member States of the UN. Danyelle Lepardo ’17 received an award for her stellar work as a reporter in the conference. Read more here.
- They were recognized with six awards at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City (NMUN NY), 19-23 March 2017. This tied them 17th out of 153 participating universities and institutions in the number of awards received. Read more here.
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Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project of the ACLU, addresses the opening ceremony of the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City, saying “all are welcome.”
Pace University New York City Model United Nations students were recognized with six awards at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City (NMUN NY), 19-23 March 2017. This tied them 17th (along with California State University-Sacramento and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) out of 153 participating universities and institutions in the number of awards received.
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