Model United Nations Trips to NYC
On January 16, 2013 a delegation of 15 ANS students traveled to New York City to participate in the 12th session of the Columbia University Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE) held January 17-20th.
“As one of the country’s premier high school conferences, CMUNCE offers delegates from around the world the opportunity to come together and participate in a unique debating experience,” states the CMUNCE XII webpage. “The majority of our committees are small and crisis-based, which gives delegates the opportunity to engage in fast-paced simulations and a level of debate rarely found on the high school circuit. Our distinctive model ensures that delegates will be engaged and involved throughout the entirety of the weekend as they navigate crises executed by our fantastic staffers.”
Our committees were highly engaging and small enough to allow us to speak as many times as we wished. As many of our members were new to the club, they were able to witness the procedures and formalities of a real debate in this fast paced setting for the first time. Others were able to be a part of the midnight crisis experience, where a delegate is called upon late at night to fulfill their duties in solving an unexpected crisis. In addition to the actual debating, we met many people from different backgrounds and countries in our committees, from Pakistan to Ecuador and many states throughout the U.S.
Furthermore, spending six days at the heart of New York City was an amazing experience. From walking in Times Square, skating in the Rockefeller center, to learning how to use the subway system, New York taught us something new every day. Additionally, we got to walk around Columbia’s campus and have a personalized tour of Barnard College, which helped us have an idea of what an Ivy League school demands and what an all-female college represents. This was especially important for the rising seniors who will start their college application process in the coming months. The Columbia MUN conference was an academically and culturally enriching experience that we hope to repeat.