Here at the MUN Institute and Best Delegate, we strive to offer amazing resources for Model United Nations delegates, educators, and parents. We want MUN to be accessible to every student around the world, and it’s our mission to achieve that goal.

In the next two weeks, we’re re-launching our free, downloadable guides to better serve the MUN community. These guides are chock full of great information for members of the community – we’ve got guides for beginners, intermediate delegates, advanced delegates, and even parents!

Today, we’re launching our Crisis Guide for Advanced MUN Delegates. After reading this guide, any student will be able to excel in the dynamic world of crisis committees. Readers will learn how to think on their feet and succeed in fast-paced crisis situations, how to write crisis notes and press releases, how to research obscure committee roles and facts, and so much more!


Click here to get your free copy of the Crisis Guide for Advanced MUN Delegates!

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In the past few years, hundreds of MUN Institute alumni have been accepted to top schools including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Stanford, Georgetown, and more! We at the MUN Institute are incredibly proud of all of our alumni. Many alumni have discussed their experiences at the MUN Institute during the college application process, and it seems to be working – our Alumni continue to be accepted to and excel at the world’s best universities.

As colleges continue looking for students who will become the next generation of global leaders, it’s no surprise that those with MUN experience are sought after by many schools. MUNers have the leadership experience, the communication skills, and the confidence necessary to excel in the competitive sphere of higher education.

Many alumni have discussed their experiences at the MUN Institute during the college application process, and it seems to be working – more of our Alumni going to the world’s best Universities than ever before! In the past few years, more than 100 MUN Institute alumni have been accepted to top schools including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Stanford, Georgetown, and more! We at the MUN Institute are incredibly proud of all of our alumni.

model united nations college admissionsMany MUN Institute alumni are embarking on uniquely international college experiences. Rose Jacobs (right), who attended the Ambassador program in 2015, is one such student. This fall, she will be undertaking a dual degree program at Columbia University and Sciences Po in Paris. “The MUN Institute helped instill in me a passion for international relations and an appreciation for diplomacy that inspired me to apply to a program uniquely focused on IR. I will spend two years in France studying North American and European relations before returning to Columbia in New York City. I would not have opted for such a non-traditional, international route if not for the influence of the MUN Institute and the Best Delegate community!” Rose will also be serving as an MUN Mentor at this summer’s MUN Institute.

model united nations studentAyush Saxena (left) attended the MUN Institute Diplomat program in 2014, and has been serving as a Media Associate for Best Delegate during this school year. Ayush is a student at John P. Stevens High School, which has an extremely successful high school MUN team, and he will be attending U.C. Berkeley this fall. Ayush credits the MUN Institute with a lot of his college admissions success. “Firstly, the MUN Institute gave me social skills that helped me ace all of my interviews,” he said. Ayush said that connecting to the MUN community through the Institute was important as well. “It helped me develop a network of connections that came in useful at conferences such as ILMUNC and WAMUNC; I was able to win Best Delegate in the Ad-Hoc Committee at both of these conferences. Awards such as these were a major part of my college applications.”

model united nations high schoolPunn Siwabutr (right), who attended the Crisis and Secretary-General MUN Institute programs during the summer of 2016, will be attending New York University (NYU) this fall. Punn is from Thailand, and says that, “The MUN Institute gave me an insight into the way American MUN committees – particularly Crisis committees – are structured. I learned a lot about MUN culture in the US as well. This helped develop my answers to the various college essay questions by giving a new perspective on the activity I already love.” Punn was also accepted to the University of Edinburgh and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

high school model united nationsA number of MUN Institute alumni also factored in Model UN in their decisions about where to apply to college. John Salchak (left), who attended the Ambassador program in 2015 and the Secretary-General program in 2016, did exactly this. “After four years of having MUN be a big part of my life, I didn’t want to give it up. When looking at schools, I looked for teams that Best Delegate had said were competitive teams and hosted conferences.”

John eventually settled on George Washington University (GWU), where he’ll be a freshman this fall. “During my time at the MUN Institute, I also fell in love with Washington, D.C. and realized it’s where I wanted to be for the next four years. I decided to go to GWU in large part because of its MUN program!” John has also served as a Media Associate for Best Delegate this past school year, and he’ll be joining over a dozen MUN Institute alumni at GWU.

Overall, we at the MUN Institute and Best Delegate are so proud of our incredible alumni. We know that they will all continue to shine throughout their college years, and will use their leadership skills and knowledge of diplomacy to work hard to make the world a better place. We offer our sincerest congratulations to these students and the rest of the incoming class of 2021!

Read on to see even more MUN Institute alumni college acceptances from 2016 and 2017. Are you an MUN Institute alumni and want to be added to the list? Email conna@bestdelegate.com!

University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Gordon – Diplomat Program, Crisis Program, Secretary-General Program
Alan Wang – Diplomat Program
Eliza Hoang – Ambassador Program, Crisis Program (2016)
Dylan Zuniga – Diplomat Program (2016)
Hannah Nasseri – Secretary-General Program (2016)

University of Oxford

Khalil Mair – Diplomat Program (2016)

Harvard University

Liz Manero – Diplomat Program (2016)

Cornell University

Timothy Farrow – Secretary-General Program
Ariana Kim – Ambassador Program (2016)
Pablo Fiori – Diplomat Program (2016)

Brown University

Jamie Flynn – Diplomat Program (2016)

Duke University

Annie Hsu – Secretary-General Program
Rodrigo Ferreira – Diplomat Program (2016)

Washington & Lee University

Phuong Mai – Ambassador Program

Emory University

Cleopatra Myrianthopoulos – Ambassador Program

Dartmouth College

Alice Bennet – Secretary-General Program (2016)
Rushil Shukla – Diplomat Program, Crisis Program (2016)

New York University (NYU)

Punn Siwabutr – Crisis Program, Secretary-General Program
Rodrigo Ferreira – Diplomat Program (2016)
Ariana Kim – Ambassador Program (2016)
Danielle Susa – Diplomat Program (2016)
Gordon Ryoo – Diplomat Program (2016)

U.C.L.A.

Ariana Kim – Ambassador Program (2016)
David Yang – Diplomat Program (2016)
Hannah Nasseri – Secretary-General Program (2016)
Annica Denktas – Diplomat Program (2016)

University of Michigan

Nithya Ramesh – Diplomat Program (2016)
Jack Mahon – Diplomat Program (2016)

U.C. Berkeley

Ayush Saxena – Diplomat Program
Danielle Susa – Diplomat Program (2016)
Madeleine Valdez – Secretary-General Program (2016)
Hannah Nasseri – Secretary-General Program (2016)
William Kim – Crisis Program (2016)

McGill University

Oliver Xie – Crisis Program (2016)
Audrey Lee – Diplomat Program, Ambassador Program, Crisis Program (2016)

George Washington University

John Salchak – Ambassador Program, Secretary-General Program
Robbie Mathen – Secretary-General Program (2016)

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model united nations for beginnersHere at the MUN Institute and Best Delegate, we strive to offer amazing resources for Model United Nations delegates, educators, and parents. We want MUN to be accessible to every student around the world, and it’s our mission to achieve that goal.

In the next two weeks, we’re re-launching our free, downloadable guides to better serve the MUN community. These guides are chock full of great information for members of the community – we’ve got guides for beginners, intermediate delegates, advanced delegates, and even parents!

Today, we’re launching our Diplomat Guide for MUN Beginners. After reading this guide, any student will be ready for their first Model United Nations conference. Not only will readers learn how to write resolutions, give speeches, and do research, but they will also learn how to exude leadership and confidence in committee.

Click here to get your free copy of the Diplomat Guide for MUN Beginners!

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So, You Had Your Last High School Conference…What Now?

Model United Nations is a huge part of the lives of thousands of high school students. For many, MUN is where they overcame their fears, developed core friendships, and learned about the complicated issues that surround our world. Oftentimes, the thought of your high school MUN experience ending can be overwhelming, even scary. In high school you can always look forward to the next conference or the following school year, but what can you do when there is no “next conference”?

Well, actually… a whole lot of stuff.

Internships

Model United Nations is exactly what its name entails, a model or simulation of the United Nations. However, as students move on to college the thought of working in the actual UN isn’t as unrealistic as it used to be. The UN has a great internship programmes for university students. Although the majority of these internships ask for graduate students or those who are in their final year of a bachelor’s degree, you should still keep in mind these programmes as you enter college. Additionally, the UN is not the only place where students who did MUN in high school will be interested in working. Volunteering or interning at a non-governmental organization (NGO) is a great option to put your interest towards global issues to work. Is there a certain recurring topic you were passionate about while doing MUN? Maybe an NGO you kept hearing about throughout draft resolutions? Investigating about possible internships and volunteer opportunities for college students is just the beginning, and you never know what you can do until you go look for yourself. It may seem far-fetched to get internships at the organizations you spent years debating about, but it’s not as impossible as you think.

If you’re interested in learning more about internships, check out these other articles:

Chairing

Chairing a committee isn’t easy. Imagine having a room full of teenagers who have to debate for long hours in formal wear and you being the reigning body of it. Intimidating, I know. Some students have the opportunity to chair conferences while being in high school, but many don’t. Even if your school doesn’t have its own simulation, you can still be a chair at another conference since many accept applications from various institutions and different countries. Chairing requires quality MUN because you and your partner are the ones running the show for once. Being a chair changes your perspective of a committee– you see the room as a whole rather than an assortment of potential allies or enemies. Not only that, but also by simply sitting in front of the committee and watching the delegates, you’ll earn a sense of maturity. You’ll start to notice little things like which delegate hesitated to raise their placard, who scolded their co-delegate after messing up in a speech, or which country kept changing their policy just to gain more votes. This experience will definitely help you gain a better understanding of what MUN is, and how you can help others improve. As a delegate, you wish for your bloc to succeed. As a chair, you hope your entire committee excels.

Want to be a chair in college? You might want to read this:

Organizing Conferences

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Whether it’s a local or a large-scale international event, organizing an MUN simulation is time-consuming, tiring, and a great responsibility. Yet, it is one hundred percent worth it. By deciding to help organizing a conference, either by being staff or even part of the secretariat, you are committing yourself to an unforgettable year-long experience. All the negotiation and leadership skills you learned through MUN are put to the test. How are you gonna get enough funds to cover all the expenses? Which topics will be discussed at the simulation? What are you going to do if your keynote speaker cancels? Conference organizing is a series of mini-crises that can only be solved through teamwork. Thankfully, that is why everyone has a designated position when organizing an MUN simulation. Now, is the time to understand your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you’re good at negotiating and talking to people, you may consider applying for a more administrative-oriented position. Finding what role is right for you is extremely important. If you’re worried about your school not organizing its own conference, don’t be. Just like chairing positions, many universities open applications for their secretariat roles to students in other schools. Additionally, if you find a group of passionate students and are willing to work hard, you can even start your own conference! The possibilities are endless.

Here are some articles about organizing conferences you might enjoy:

Teaching MUN

High school students tend to underestimate the lessons they acquired through MUN. Just because writing an informative position paper and delivering a powerful speech has become second nature to you, it doesn’t mean it’s that easy for everyone. Or at least, not yet. Oftentimes, when people hear the suggestion of them teaching something, they say: “Me? Yeah, right.” However, the question should be “why not?” Look, you don’t have to directly go to your high school after graduating and ask if you can be an advisor (although, you can if you want to). Try to start with younger students, like middle schoolers. If there’s already an MUN program at a nearby school, ask if you can be a mentor. No MUN? Start a program then. Passing on your knowledge about something you’re passionate about to another generation is an extremely rewarding experience. Finally, another thing you could consider is applying for a summer fellowship at the MUN Institute. Whether you are interest in applying as a Residential Counselor, English Exchange staff, or MUN Mentor, being part of the MUN Institute staff is a great opportunity you should consider taking in college.

Want to learn more about teaching MUN or applying to the MUN Institute? This might interest you:

It is completely understandable to not want to face the bittersweet thought of high school MUN ending. However, your entire MUN career isn’t over when you finish high school, unless you want it to be. As you already saw, there are lots of other opportunities you can take besides being a delegate at college-level conferences. Hopefully, now you have a better perspective of all the things awaiting you after your last high school MUN simulation.

Get ready to use your MUN skills in a new way!

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One Last Time as a High School MUN Delegate

            As the great Tennessee Williams once said, “Time is the longest distance between two places.” In January, I participated in my final Model United Nations conference at ILMUNC XXXIII. I could never have imagined that four years ago, only as a freshman in high school that I would participate in an activity such as Model UN. It was only because of the encouragement of my friends and my curiosity that got me on such an incredible, educational, and transformative journey. Participating in Model UN for the past four years has been a privilege. Model UN has taught me so many life lessons and it has helped me develop my creativity because Model UN brings a lot of diversity through delegates’ different backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities. Now as my time in high school Model UN has passed, I reflect on my experience at ILMUNC and my transformation as a delegate.

            One of the many moments that I will remember from ILMUNC XXXIII was my experience in committee. I was in a historical General Assembly called “United Nations Inaugural Session 1946”. Representing the Holy See, I had a difficult time strategizing how I was going to be present in committee. I thought to myself, “Did the Holy See even do anything in 1946 for the UN?”. The two topics for the committee were the regulation of atomic weapons and the punishment of war criminal. Despite doing research on the two topics, I was still uncertain about how any delegate would return to a country such as the Holy See. The thought of doing well was beyond me. Even worse, my friend who was supposed to serve as a double-delegation with me fell terribly sick. I was all alone with very little help. I was thinking about all of these dilemmas on the way to the conference from New York City. However, one of the few motivations that I had was that ILMUNC XXIII was my last collegiate conference that would compete in. Everything hinged on just four days. The first step I entered into committee I was overwhelmed by nerves as well as a desire to get an award. However, I felt was relaxed as well and told myself to just focus on the conference.

              By having this inner motivation, I remembered what I was taught at Best Delegate. The iconic and inspirational phrase, “The best delegate brings out the best in other delegates” came to mind. Having participated in all the programs over the past three years, starting with the Diplomat program in 2014, I have been able to take something special from each one. From the Diplomat program, I had Marie Hanewinkel as my MUN Mentor. Marie was gracious and funny- she helped realize my talent as a public speaker in Model UN. I remember how nervous I was, always stuttering during public speaking activities in the program. However, Marie helped me gain confidence to deliver strong and forceful speeches. During the Ambassador program, I had Eric Chen as my MUN Mentor. Eric, being supportive and witty, helped me gain a competitive edge as a delegate and increase my presence in committee. For this past summer, I participated in the Secretary-General program and had Lala Kumakura as my MUN Mentor. Lala’s instructive and caring nature helped me to be more of a leader and a role model to other delegates. Finally, I completed my Best Delegate tenure in the Crisis program with Caroline Rose as my MUN Mentor. Since Caroline was compassionate and welcoming,  she helped become a better Crisis delegate as well as become an overall passionate delegate for Model UN. All of the MUN Mentors that I had over the past three years have helped me and inspired me to be the person that I am today.

Rory and me at ILMUNC XXXIII

Rory and me at ILMUNC XXXIII

                     As I approached the end of my last high school conference at ILMUNC, I spent it the best way that I possibly could: spending time with friends and my delegation. As a senior in my school, one of my many goals has been to give back to my community, which includes my Model UN club. Over the four days at ILMUNC, I got to have a special bond with each of the members of my delegation. Since we have a small delegation, I was able to talk especially to younger members of my delegation, as many of them had not been to a collegiate conference before. With this, I was able to give some words of wisdom to instill a motivation to my fellow members. Also, I got the chance to catch up with friends, including those from Best Delegate. During my free time, I got the opportunity to talk with fellow MUN Institute Alumni Rory Britt. Rory was in the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General. For those who don’t know, delegates who do Ad-Hoc have to apply to participate in the committee and only receive their assignment weeks before the conference starts. This past summer, I got the chance to be a delegate along with Rory in the Crisis Program at the MUN Institute. After some time apart, we were both very happy to see each other and personally, I was glad to see Rory doing so well.

              Seeing friends, such as Rory, was something special as I look back on my last Model UN conference. In only four short days, I experienced feelings and emotions that I had been feeling for the past four years as a delegate. Going to conferences, meeting new people, and engaging in stimulating debate, Model UN has become a significant part of my life. I would say without Model UN, I would not have been invested in the exciting subjects within political science and international affairs. Especially without Model UN, I wouldn’t have found Best Delegate and the MUN Institute. It may be that my time as a delegate is over for this chapter of my life but I am hopeful that I will get the chance to return in college.

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Laurabeth

Laurabeth with young girls in Kochi India during her semester abroad teaching about gender equality. She says, “Men and women have to work together in order to combat gender inequality. To learn more about steps you can take to make a difference in the lives of women today visit HeForShe.org.”

Every year on March 8th, communities around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. This global holiday recognizes the importance of gender equality, as well as the importance of empowering women of every age in all nations.

The MUN Institute works hard to align with the educational values of the United Nations – especially on issues like gender equality. Every summer, we see how important it is for young people – whether they’re female, male, or non-binary – to have access to education that will develop their understanding of global issues like sustainable development, nuclear non-proliferation, and more.

In honor of International Women’s Day we’re profiling Laurabeth Goldsmith, Best Delegate’s Director of Partnerships and a lifelong advocate for gender equality (among many other causes). Laurabeth attended Emory University and studied Political Science and Community Building and Social Change, and she was also an active leader in the Emory Model UN community, serving as Head Delegate and President. During her junior year, she embarked on the adventure of a lifetime after she won the Presidential Scholarship from Semester At Sea that enabled her to travel the world learning and teaching about gender equality. After four months traveling around 17 countries, Laurabeth had met hundreds of amazing people and had incredible experiences – but for her, the highlight of her semester was teaching gender equality, self-defense, and human rights to young people in numerous countries.

One of Laurabeth’s most significant experiences during her time abroad was teaching self-defense and human rights in Ghana, where young girls shared stories about child marriage. “I also worked with girls in South Africa who were survivors of gender-based violence, and continue to volunteer with young men and women in North East India who overcame tremendous personal gender-based discrimination in order to advocate for others.” While Laurabeth taught girls about their rights, what she learned along the way changed her life.

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Laurabeth with Girl Guides in South Africa after a dialogue on gender equality and a self defense training.

After Laurabeth’s amazing experiences traveling the world to promote gender equality and human rights, she knew she wasn’t done! She joined the Best Delegate team in 2014, and has continued working to advocate for the education of young people. One of her passion projects for the past few years has been working with North East India International Model United Nations, an organization that works to “train a generation of young people with a more accurate understanding of the UN, the world, and inspire to remain passionate and committed to making a positive contribution to humanity.”

“Since 2014 I have had the great opportunity to serve as a training partner of North East India Model United Nations Conference. Every year I eagerly await the opportunity to work with young boys and girls to have a dialogue about gender inequality,” remarked Laurabeth about her time at NEIMUN. Students from all over India and the region attend NEIMUN to learn about global issues, and they walk away from the experience with changed perspectives.

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Laurabeth’s SOCHUM committee at NEIMUN 2016 after completing a simulation on equal representation for women.

Delegate Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak said that working with Laurabeth at NEIMUN made her believe in new aspirations and have the confidence in herself to dream and explore new career field. “Last October, I saw NEIMUN binding the diverse people of the world in a single thread of togetherness and unity. Laurabeth made this gigantic task somewhat easier through her ideals on cross-cultural diversity. Someday, if and when I become a real diplomat, I shall look back and realize the importance of the role Laurabeth has played and the enormity of the change NEIMUN has made.”

Laurabeth has also spent the past decade volunteering with the World Association for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.Laurabeth has traveled to more than 50 countries learning about global issues such as gender equality and education.

Overall, we are so proud to have Laurabeth as part of the Best Delegate and MUN Institute teams. She is an inspiration for students and teachers around the world who wish to work hard to solve global issues like gender equality, and she serves as a shining example of diplomacy, activism, and humanitarianism to our MUN Institute campers every summer.

Interested in becoming an activist for global change like Laurabeth? Learn more about our summer programs for students ages 11-18!

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March Theme: MUN Goes to College

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Best Delegate strives to produce the best MUN-related content to help delegates at every level find the information they need.  That’s why theme for March is MUN Goes to College. We’ll be bringing you lots of content about college-level Model UN. Here are some of the articles you can expect this month:

Compilation Article

With conference recaps, committee advice, and college rankings, Best Delegate had published lots of articles about collegiate MUN over the years. This article will put all of those resources in one place, making it easier to access great information from years of college students, Best Delegate staff, and MUNI Alumni. As the month goes on, we’ll add even more college oriented content to the website.

How MUN Helps You Get a College Internship

We’ve already talked about how knowledge and skills gained from MUN can help you as a student, but now we’d like to show how those skills can help college students to get internships. Writing, public speaking, and international affairs knowledge are just some of the benefits of Model UN that employers might look for. This article will be must-read for any college delegates who are looking into internship opportunities.

Myths vs Realities: Collegiate MUN

For high school students transitioning to college MUN and college students joining MUN for the first time, there are a few myths and misconceptions that can make the process intimidating. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the facts from the fiction, so we’re here to help. We’ll be examining college-level competition and talking to some Model UN Institute Alumni about the myths they encountered when they joined the college MUN circuit.

How to Be Involved in Collegiate MUN (Besides Being a Delegate)

While the majority of collegiate MUNers spend their time as delegates, that’s not the only way to get involved. Collegiate MUN can provide a much wider range of activities than high school programs, allowing students to fill a variety of roles. Being part of the secretariat, helping to plan conferences, and working on international affairs programs outside the committee room are all great ways to immerse yourself in your college’s MUN program. 

Make sure to stay updated on this content and more throughout the month by checking the Best Delegate home page and following Best Delegate on social media.

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Memories From the MUN Institute

One of the many things that make the MUN Institute special is its wonderful alumni network. Throughout each program, students get to make new friends and experience unforgettable moments. We asked our alumni about their favorite memories while being at the MUN Institute, and were very pleased with their responses. From attempting to take over the Suez Canal during a crisis simulation to simply hanging out with fellow students, these moments have left a lasting impact on our alumni.

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An alumna of ours, Maria Leon, told us a fun story about her experience at the MUN Institute two summers ago. She and her fellow campers were really looking forward to going out for ice cream off-campus after an intense MUN practice simulation. However, due to extreme rain, they weren’t able to go out. She and her friends were devastated at first because the heavy weather had ruined their night out. However, much to their surprise, their residential counselors paraded down to the dorm lounge an hour later with multiple gallons of ice cream. Instead of going out for ice cream, their MUN Mentors had brought the ice cream to them! The dorm became the stage for a perfect night-in, with blankets and pillows scattered across sofas, an ice cream buffet, and many snacks at their disposal. Students played fun games and even made up some of their own! As students gathered around with their pillows to watch a movie, the dorm lounge became a movie theatre. Although it began as a disaster, it quickly became one of the most fun nights. This was definitely one of the most memorable moments from that summer.

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One of the most popular programs at the MUN Institute is the Crisis program. For many students who attend the program, it is the first time they experience crisis and initially, it can be a bit confusing. Lara Gabrie was a student at the 2016 Harvard Crisis program. When we asked her about her favorite memory, she said it was definitely the moment she finally understood crisis at its fullest. Throughout the week, she grew as a delegate and showcased her new skills at the final simulation. Not only did she gain new skills, but also she had fun learning and working with students from different backgrounds. Stories of improvement and growth are definitely some of our favorites!

Another story from one of the Crisis programs comes from Jonah Miller. He narrated a funny story that happened during a lesson at the Institute. The activity was to ask the right questions during crisis updates to learn how to get as much information as possible. To show the students the importance of getting correct information, the MUN Mentors acted out a scene. One of them played a news reporter, while the other represented the witness of an explosion at an oil refinery in the Mississippi River. However, the witness kept saying conflicting information and rambled on about his life every time he answered a question. Starstruck by the cameras and being on live television, he shouted “I’M JOHNSON JOHNSON AND I SAW A BIG EXPLOSION!”, making the students burst out laughing. Thankfully, they deciphered the key detail they needed from the witness in order to move forward with the crisis. Fun exercises like this one are common throughout the crisis programs, making many of the lessons memorable for students.

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Andrew Xu, another Crisis program alumnus said that his favorite memory from the MUN Institute was the final simulation. In the final simulation, Andrew represented Abdel Galil el-Emary, the Egyptian Minister of Finance during the Suez Canal Crisis. He talked about how he took an unconventional approach to plan out his crisis arc the night before the simulation: Snapchat. The following day, he got the other Arabian countries to join the Middle East Trade Alliance and made them form a defensive pack. After that, Andrew knew he needed the support of larger nations like the United States and Great Britain in order to help his cabinet become victorious. Fortunately, Andrew was able to accomplish this and got many other countries to support his side during the simulation. He mentioned that this was achieved by applying all the knowledge he had gotten throughout that week’s crisis lessons and the guidance of his MUN Mentors.

The next memory comes from Mauricio Garcia Gojon who participated in the Crisis program in 2015. He was in the Turkish Cabinet, representing the Minister of the Interior while trying to combat the Islamic State. For him, one of the most interesting aspects of his character were all the subtopics he had to deal with. One of them was Kurdish uprisings. One of his friends, who was the Minister of Agriculture, had mentioned a fake Kurdish attack on a NATO base. However, when everybody realized that there was no attack on a NATO base, it was revealed that his friend was actually representing a Kurdish Agent. Mauricio says that, “It is important to be aware of what is going on in the committee and to investigate even those who you trust the most.” Plot twists during a crisis simulation are crucial for keeping the pace of the committee on edge and teaching students lessons, such as the one mentioned by Mauricio.

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Finally, one of our sweetest responses came from Sofia Andrade, a student who went to the MUN Institute this past summer. She said:

“I think my favorite part of my summer at MUNI was definitely making incredible friends. It was the late nights where we would gather and just talk about anything that came to mind, and subsequently the early breakfasts where we would ramble just as much. Conversation were a perfect balance between randomly selected topics verging on ridiculousness and mind boggling discussions regarding any and every sociopolitical aspect of the world we live in. Because of this, my favorite part of the MUN Institute was the people. They made me laugh, they made me sing along to their songs, they made appear in their videos, but more importantly they made me feel comfortable, welcome, and happy.”

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Everyone’s experience at the MUN Institute is unique, but passion for MUN, openness of mind, and willingness to have fun, guide our alumni to live equally memorable moments. We thank our students for sharing their experiences and hope to create more for summers to come.
Want to join the MUN Institute? Check out our 2017 programs!

Written by: Kristen Corlay and Alexandros Economou for Best Delegate

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How Model UN Can Help You Apply for College

fillingoutapplicationDelegates who are just starting their Model UN careers can find themselves wondering if it will really help them in the future, or if it’s just another activity. While it’s true that most high school MUNers won’t find themselves forming resolution blocs in their future careers, there are still tons of practical benefits that Model UN can bring. Joining MUN as a freshman could easily pay off a few years down the road, when it’s time to apply for college.

Writing skills, extracurricular activities, and face-to-face interviews are critical when it comes to college admissions, and applicants can find themselves struggling to piece those skills together and present themselves as well-rounded students. Luckily, Model UN can help high school students develop their writing and speaking abilities, giving those delegates an advantage when they apply.

We asked two MUN Institute alumni about their college application experiences, and how Model UN helped them out along the way:

Daniel Gordon is an alumnus of three summer programs at the MUN Institute and a high school senior. He has served as Secretary-General for the second and third annual John Jay High School Model UN Conference in New York, which he co-founded at the end of his freshman year.

John Salchak is a high school senior from Texas who has attended the Ambassador and Secretary-General programs at the MUN Institute since beginning his MUN career as a freshman. For the last two years, he has been his club’s president, and is currently a Media Associate for Training Content on Best Delegate’s media team.

In general, what skills have you learned from MUN that helped you apply for college?

“Several modules from the Model United Nations Institute were particularly helpful with college applications,”  Daniel responded. “Understanding social dynamics and crisis strategy helps to prepare for interviews and college essays. In addition, the resolution writing modules help to create a concise and organized format for answering any questions on the applications.”

John replied that MUN-specific skills played a much smaller role in his experience. “However, if I had required interviews, the skills learned in MUN would have helped me a lot,” he told us. In addition, MUN played a role in determining what John wanted to study. “It made me realize what I wanted to go to school for! I always played around with different career ideas such as economics, but once I started MUN and learning about international relations, I knew I found what I wanted to do.”

How were MUN opportunities a factor in deciding which schools you applied to?

Best Delegate’s latest rankings place the University of Chicago, Georgetown, and Harvard at the top of the North American MUN circuit. These highly ranked schools are known for competitive teams that have gaveled at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences. With opportunities like that, it’s not surprising that these universities often attract high school delegates looking to continue with Model UN.

Both of the alumni cited existing Model UN programs as criteria for choosing which schools to consider. “I didn’t only apply to schools with MUN programs, but a majority of them do,” John said. “Being able to continue my MUN career is a priority of mine, so my top choice schools all have successful teams and/or host conferences. Throughout high school I have been responsible for my club, so it would be nice to go somewhere with an established program so I don’t have to build one from scratch.” Daniel mentioned that MUN tied in closely with academics, noting that “MUN opportunities generally reflect superb International Relations or Political Science departments.”

Did you mention MUN awards or leadership positions as part of your extracurricular experience?

Good grades and impressive test scores are certainly helpful on college applications, but colleges also want to see students take initiative beyond the classroom through extracurricular activities. Whether they’re sports, clubs, or community service, it’s always good idea to stay involved with extracurriculars. The same goes for Model UN. On top of the practical skills of writing and speaking, MUN also allows students to achieve awards and leadership positions that can help their applications stand out, because sometimes it doesn’t hurt to brag.

Daniel said that he mentioned his experience leading JJMUNC II and III in the past two years, a conference which he helped build from the ground up. John went even further with his own application.  “I filled this out, mentioned MUN, the awards I’ve won, my experience with the MUN Institute and the Best Delegate Media Team, as well as my own club’s leadership positions,” he said.

 

Model UN is a fun, engaging, and educational activity that can provide vital skills to students. Get started this summer with the Diplomat Program from the Model United Nations Institute!

Check out Best Delegate’s free e-book “How Model UN Can Help You Get into College”

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