What is Model UN?
In my own words, MUN is a simulation of the actual United Nations today. It is geared towards helping high school and university students gain a better understanding of what happens in the UN and how it works. Students attend conferences established around the world, one being the THIMUN(The Hague International MUN). Students are given a delegation or country which they represent in conferences and provide solutions and input on issues today.
What are its benefits?
Students can gain many skills through this extracurricular activity such as:
- leadership skills
- public speaking skills
- collaboration skills
- communication skills
- debating skills
The list goes on and on but these are the essential ones that I have gained through past experience. It is widely known that colleges also appreciate that students take MUN, but keep in mind that a student shall not partake in an activity just to impress a university, but because it is a passion of theirs.
Model United Nations in my view, can change the world. This activity enables students to think about international relations and politics and inspire them to take action and make a change. A potential MUN-er can possibly become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. Students can get inspired because of this activity and make a significant impact in today’s society. It is imperative that today’s youth become involved in current events and international relations so they can create a better world for future generations, and MUN is just the beginning.