New York NMUN conference provided amazing life experiences for students
4/16/2008 3:20:42 PM
LYNCHBURG – Randolph ’s 2008 National Model UN delegation won a coveted award for Outstanding Position Papers.
The group, which traveled to New York in March for the National Model UN, joined college students from across the nation in finding common solutions to the world’s global problems.
“Out of all of the awards, this is probably the hardest to win,” said Jennifer Abbassi, political science professor. “It judges the depth and breadth of intellectual preparation in the form of position papers that are written before the conference and submitted to the Secretariat in New York”
The NMUN conference originated in 1923 as a simulation of the League of Nations. The NMUN adopted its present form in 1946 after the creation of the United Nations. The conference is the largest and one of the most prestigious collegiate Model United Nations programs in the world. It is the world’s largest, university-level UN simulation.
For Randolph students, the trip was one of a lifetime.
“I know I am an agent of change,” said Olya Chervatyuk, ’08. “After all this is what the conference truly teaches us: become agents from our assigned countries to try and solve the problems that face communities of today and generations of tomorrow.”
The experience offers a unique opportunity for students to better understand the inner workings of the United Nations while building skills in diplomacy and compromise. College students from all over the world work to propose and pass resolutions addressing regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, women and children, economic and social development, and the environment. NMUN is a forum in which to discuss global concerns in a context that closely parallels the real world.
“Overall I felt that I did an excellent job doing something that I never thought I’d be good at: writing in a large group while remaining diplomatic….,” said Annie Freeman ’11. “I was most proud of how we as Randolph delegates handled ourselves.”
The NMUN is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational corporation and is also a Non-Governmental Organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.
For Ankeeta Shrestha ’11, the conference as a whole was an amazing experience.
“Hearing words of wisdom from the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon himself or the feeling of pride that engulfed me upon winning an award – every moment spent during the conference was something I will cherish for the rest of my life,” she said.
This isn’t the first year students have left the Model UN with top awards. Last year, three students won top awards as well.
“Seeing my NMUN delegates in action is a powerful reminder to me as to why I teach: the reward could not be any greater than seeing students approaching global issues creatively and in a spirit of collaboration,” Abbassi said. “It’s also important that, in addition to working hard during the conference, they have fun in New York. They are definitely encouraged to strike that balance.”
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