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.
I was honored to represent the Republic of Senegal and I am glad that I was able to maintain its reputation throughout the simulation. I am also proud to say, without hesitation, that Model UN is the most rewarding experience I have had in my entire college journey. I feel so well-prepared to continue on to the next steps of my career having learned how to conduct myself in a professional and diplomatic manner. Many years from now, I will look back and will still be proud that I was a member of Model UN at Pace.
Model UN is a great experience regardless of your majors. There is always something for everyone to learn, whether public speaking, international relations, politics, or improving one’s English language skills. As an international student, I find Model UN to be a perfect way to understand my American friends and to learn from them. To my fellow international friends at Pace: Don’t waste time wondering if you are good enough to join Model UN, just do it!
— Ly Nguyen ’17