The mini Model UN provided me with a great opportunity to learn many kinds of things. There was a lot of preparation to do: we had to do extensive research on the topic, not only about our country’s position but also about other countries’. During the conference itself, I had to raise my placard to state our opinions succinctly, which I found a little difficult at first.
Through the Model UN unit, I learned two important lessons: the significance of global issues and the qualities that a leader must possess. Firstly, I felt that issues such as the Syrian Crisis require international cooperation with every country working towards a common goal. To do this, all countries have to respect one another and value their opinions on the issue equally. Secondly, a Model UN conference needs leading delegates to integrate similar opinions and produce a resolution upon which the majority of delegates agree. This means that a leader must produce a solution beneficial to most of the countries, which calls for more listening than speaking and much thinking.
I will bear in mind what this unit has taught me and try to keep informed about global issues. I enjoyed this Model UN very much.
This was the first time having Model UN at TJK. I just came back from America because I was an exchange student for 10 months, so speaking in English did not make me embarrassed or nervous at all. Since my partner and I had few chances to research about Poland(because we were both studying abroad in term 1), we only knew a little background about our country. Although we had little information, we followed other delegates’ agreement and supported their ideas. After I got this “Honorable Mention Award,” I reflected on myself. I should have stood as our country’s point of view and not our individual thoughts. We did not consider well how our country would take an action if there was a serious refugee problem. I learned Model UN is an opportunity to have the opinion as one of the country’s representatives and behave like they would act without any individual thoughts. Therefore, the most important thing is you need to pay attention to the global issues objectively in daily life. The participation in the Model UN actively would be the first step to expand your field of vision. Ask questions and be more eager to be active!
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I had such an absolutely amazing time in Tokyo! I wish I had the time to meet everyone but for the girls that I was able to spend time with, I thought they were extremely intelligent, curious, and respectful. While doing some of the prep work for the conference during our workshops, it was very apparent how eager and excited the girls were to start debating! I really enjoyed serving as a role model or mentor to these girls and teaching them the value of public speaking and writing, and how these values contribute to boosting their confidence! Additionally, I know the language and processes of Model UN are difficult for native English-speakers, so I was extremely impressed with how quickly the girls were able to pick up the MUN jargon. I hope to return next year! （Jen Lorthe）
I love traveling and experiencing new places, so I was so exited to have the opportunity to visit Japan. Tokyo is a beautiful, vibrant city and unlike anywhere I have ever been before. But when I got to TJK, I felt like I was at home at Dana Hall! Everyone was so welcoming, gracious, and hard working. Jen and I were very lucky to be able to work with so many impressive young women and supportive teachers. I was thrilled to see how much progress the students made over just a short period of time! I hope they continue to learn about current global issues, and practice their public speaking and creative problem solving abilities. The skillset that I developed in Model UN has helped me build self confidence, succeed in college and the workplace, and be more considerate of different perspectives. I’m sure Model UN will have the same positive impact on their lives too! （Mary Fulham）