This past March 11-14, the Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American (HACIA) Democracy was held virtually after being canceled last year due to COVID-19. As per usual, ANS participated alongside other schools from all around the continent. This year, ANS won the Essay Contest for Both English and Spanish, as well as four “Best Delegate” awards, two “Outstanding Delegate” awards, and four Honorable Mention prizes.
This year, I decided to participate in the Press Corps committee, unlike what I usually do. The reason I decided to do this was because I aspire to study journalism in the future. Despite not sleeping more than 4 hours every night, I had a lot of fun at this conference, and I can confidently say that I completely fell in love with what I know so far of working as a journalist.
During debate sessions, my duty was to go to another committee and report the progress of the debate in articles and social media. Throughout the day, I wrote 2 articles per day, over 6 Twitter posts, press releases, and a couple of Instagram posts. It was definitely very tiring, but the excitement gave me so much energy that the few hours of sleep didn’t bother me at all.
Aside from gaining so much experience from HACIA, I also had so much fun at the conference as a whole. Even if the conference was held online and we were all in our homes, we still had the chance to make friends and meet new people from all around the continent. Due to this reason, I have enjoyed participating in virtual debates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, for I was able to encounter people from so many places in the commodity of my home. Additionally, I was able to become closer with the people in our ANS delegation. During HACIA, we all support each other at all times, which gives us a bond that makes us like family.
Finally, I can say that I am very excited to keep participating in virtual debates. Upcoming, the VIII Congress of Debate Académico para Líderes Estudiantiles (DALE) Nicaragua will be held virtually on the 23rd and 24th of April, so if you believe that HACIA Democracy was fun, you might also want to participate in DALE.
For more information, go to dale-nicaragua.com.