Written By Jordan Graham
“Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.”
On February 9th through 11th, The High school Model United Nations (MUN) club went to the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. Among the 12 students were three Ninth Graders, myself included. The other two ninth graders were Pranavi Gottapu and Kai Ward. Both decided to share their experiences at MUN.
The first question was what their first impression of Model UN was. Pranavi, always a hard working student and a great friend, decided to give me a detailed reply that reads as follows: “I started Model UN in 7th grade. It was very intimidating because most of the people knew what they were doing and I felt like I didn’t belong there. Later on, I started to get the hang of it, and now I really really like Model UN.”
Kai on the other had said that she, “thought we would be going and looking at the different countries and discussing with other people specific issues in our own respective country that we got.”
For anyone that doesn’t know, in the meeting that we went to, we discussed world problems and debated about them while we represented our own country and its views on the presented subject.
Regarding the other people Kai says that, “at first everyone was really intimidating because they were trying to get me to vote on what they wanted. When we got to know the other delegates I felt more welcome, though.” Pranavi takes a different view point and says that “everybody was very smart and had great vocabulary. They were very nice and they helped the other delegates to feel more welcome. Outside of working on MUN the people were very nice and we all became friends.”
After the second day the delegates, or members, were given the option to go to a ‘social’ and socialize. Both Kai and Pranavi said that this was the best part of the trip.
“[The social]was a time where everybody got together and danced outside of a professional setting,while in professional clothes. For an hour we just got to mingle and hang out with people and not thinking about debating. (Some guy lost his shirt and his mind,” says Kai.
Pranavi followed up by saying, “It was the time where everybody got together and danced and had fun. Everybody forgot about the competition and acted like themselves. We also got to know the people better.”
After all of the praise it just got you wouldn’t think there would be a downside to the trip, but there usually is.
For one Kai says that the, “timing of everything was way off and everything with in our group was handled badly.”
Regarding the weather Pranavi says that, “It was raining the entire time, our feet got wet, our shirts got wet, and everything was just overall wet.”
To Anyone wanting to join Model UN as a club or as a future career (I think you should) Kai and Pranavi each elaborated on their experience with Model UN.
Kai says that “over all, because it was [her] first time, [she] was really nervous because [she] didn’t want to talk but by the second day [she] had made some friends and felt pretty comfortable with what [she] was doing.”
Pranavi, always an overachiever, gives another detailed reply by saying “The experience was very interesting. Every competition is a new experience. I remember when I was in the 7th grade, the experience was different than how it is in high school. High school MUN and Middle School MUN are very different, but correspond in a way. The one good thing is that, the friends you make along the way are there at every competition and you are able to meet them instead of talking on the phone.”
Photo Taken by Jordan Graham