HIGH POINT, N.C., March 20, 2013 – Months of hard work recently paid off for High Point University’s Model United Nations Club. The club returned from Boston where they were among 3,500 students participating in Harvard University’s National Model United Nations.
The annual conference assigns a different country to each club, and then gives students the experience of presenting, debating and ideally resolving real issues facing the world today.
“The conference is an exact replica of what goes on in the U.N., so these committees are real United Nations committees, and students participate representing a certain country that sits in the U.N. It is a simulation that is as close to real life as possible,” says Anne Davey, Model U.N. member and international relations major.
The 18 HPU club members started working on their positions for the conference back in October. They researched their assigned country, Austria, and practiced their presentations. As the conference got closer, they worked on writing position papers and practiced their public speaking and debate skills.
Davey says she got involved to get real life experience in her chosen field of international law, but adds it’s a good experience for any student.
“Students become more aware of the events going on in the world. It’s an incredible experience for people who want to be leaders and to work closely with others to resolve issues,” she says.
Of the 18 HPU students at the conference, 10 were first-time participants and five were international students.