Model UN Was an Eye-Opener and a Mind-Opener

Participating in the 2017 National Model United Nations conference in New York City (NMUN NY) was one of the best choices I’ve made. I was able to meet many other eager students who came in with an open mind. At NMUN NY, I was able to learn from others and the way that they viewed the topics we were discussing.

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Model UN Taught Me How to Make Underrepresented Voices Heard

Pace University students Malissa Kelly (forth from the left, seated with laptop) and Curtis Robinson (seated to her left) representing Iraq in a simulation of the Commission for Social Development at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City.

Participating in the 2017 National Model United Nations conference in New York has tested my ability to work in groups. In a Model UN conference, you work alongside numerous big and small personalities. There always seems to be that one individual who tries to lead the whole group, which is very important for organizing a coherent strategy. However, if you are concerned that these types of individuals will overshadow you, do not worry. A great way avoid feeling overshadowed is to communicate with this person who has taken on the leader position. In doing so, you can help lead the group. You can also help those who are very shy be heard in the group. When the same person continues to speak you can stop them and say that another person who has been trying to speak has something to say. This helps the group trust you more, since you care about their voices as well as yours. The most important thing to remember is not to be discouraged. You are not the only one in the group that notices the hierarchy being created. If you work with the majority you will feel like more of a community when working together.

– Malissa Kelly ’19

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Model UN Is a Difficult but Life-Changing Class

David Sharif showing off the award he and other Pace University New York City students received for representing Iraq at the 2017 National Model United Nations conference in New York.

I am a Political Science major and Peace and Justice Studies minor at Pace University. This semester I got to participate at the 2017 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, as a student delegate with the Pace New York City Model UN program. I chose to represent Iraq in a simulation of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Writing my position paper prior to the conference required a lot of editing and preparation, but it motivated me to further develop my research, understand how my committee worked and the organization of the United Nations.

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Advocating for World Heritage at the Scotland Model UN Conference

Pace University New York City students visit Edinburgh Castle during the 2017 Scotland Model UN conference. The blog post’s author, Mary Lynn Hearn, is second from the right.

In March I was given the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh with my Pace University classmates to participate in the 2017 Scotland Model UN (SCOTMUN) conference. This trip was by far one of the best college experiences I have had. There was much to learn on this trip and I am glad that I was able to participate.

The conference itself and the process leading up to it was very educational. The preparation was very fast and close to the conference, so we had to be on our toes at all times and willing to work hard. The style of conference was also different from others I had attended. I was constantly learning and developing new techniques. My chairs were also very helpful and were more than willing to walk us through the rules and procedure if anyone was unsure.

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Don’t Waste Time Wondering If You Are Good Enough to Join Model UN, Just Do It!

Pace University New York City students Ly Nguyen and Megan Zubar (right to left), representing Senegal in a simulation of the UN Security Council at the 2016 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

The 2016 conference was my second time attending the National Model United Nations in Washington DC and yet the feeling has not changed. I still love it and wish I would have joined Pace University New York City’s Model UN program earlier during my college years. I went into this conference with more confidence that the last one because I had done it before. However, being in a simulation of the UN Security Council was a new experience that made me feel a little intimidated and anxious at first.

I am glad that everything turned out well and I learned so much from other delegates. I have learned about the pressure Security Council members face  in finding solutions for global catastrophes and maintaining international peace and security. I have learned the art of diplomacy and negotiation and how to make the more powerful nations to listen to the ideas of a less powerful state.

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In a Time of Division, Model UN Offers Solidarity

Danyelle Lepardo (foreground, right) with the Pace University New York City Model UN students at the 2016 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

The recent elections here in the United States have divided our country by party, race, ethnicity and many other fissures. Political polarization seems to separate us even more. Some say it’s a rough time to be living in America, with violence in our backyards and hateful words pouring out of us in the blink of an eye. It’s hard to find peace and unity within the American community right now.

To be completely honest I was a little nervous and skeptical about visiting Washington, DC for the 2016 National Model UN DC conference. I wasn’t sure how people would act toward me if I had shared my political views, or how people would act toward one another. However, to my surprise, I made many genuine friends of many different cultures. It was an unforgettable weekend, please let me tell you why…

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Model UN Gave Me a New Outlook on the World

Pace University New York City students Mary Lynn Hearn, Elizaveta “Lisa” Smirnova, Karina Muslimova, Jessica Halee, Gia Tango and Camille Vitale sight-seeing during the 2016 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

Participating in Model UN in Fall 2016 was one of the best parts of my college experience thus far. In the class, I gained a new kind of outlook on the world, an outlook that no other class could provide. It gave me hands on experiences that I will be forever grateful for. The very first experience that we had was a visit to the UN to listen to the General Assembly discuss policies on disarmament. However, my favorite experience was attending the 2016 National Model UN conference in Washington DC.

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