Top 3 Reasons to do Model United Nations

by Ryan on September 8, 2010

It’s the beginning of the school year and MUN clubs all over the United States are trying to recruit new people. Prospective members might ask, “Why should I do MUN?”

I asked that question myself before I started doing MUN. I checked it out, and at first it just seemed like a fun way of learning history. I soon realized that I really enjoyed meeting people and making speeches. I also got a rush out of winning awards and running conferences, and I continued with MUN throughout high school.

By my senior year, as I wrote my college application essays and went to interviews, I found that I had meaningful leadership experiences to draw from, and a network of MUN alumni from whom I could seek guidance. MUN is the reason I got into Yale.

Looking back on my experience, these are my top 3 reasons for someone to do MUN:

  1. It’s a fun way of learning about the world. In this era of globalization, being globally aware is more important than ever. Also, having fun makes it easier to learn something and more likely to stick.
  2. It develops leadership skills. MUN is an exercise in research, public speaking, and teamwork. These are skills that you will need throughout your career, and MUN gives you a chance to practice them while you’re a student.
  3. You can leverage your MUN experience and network to get into college and find jobs. Admissions officers and job interviewers look for examples of leadership, and your experiences as a delegate or conference organizer will be good examples. You will also develop a network of alumni from your MUN club and people you’ve met at conferences.

Why do you do MUN? Join the discussion below!

  • Nick

    That’s a great point about the alumni. The first two I think about frequently, but I never really thought about the networking part. Especially in college I think that was a nice way to network with other leaders with similar interests that may be in fields currently or soon that I am interested in.

  • http://www.muncircuit.com/ Ross

    I do MUN because it’s a great opportunity to learn about global issues and to meet/party/network with people who share my interests.

  • http://bestdelegate.com Ryan

    @Nick and @Ross — Your comments reminded me of one reason I left out: MUN is a great way to make friends. I’m really thankful for the cool and interesting people I’ve met through MUN.

    So I suppose the post above is really the top 3 *practical* reasons to do MUN.

  • http://bestdelegate.com Sarah

    Definitely agree with the reasons above. My 4th reason to participate in Model UN? Travel! If you’re in high school, it’s an easy way to visit some of the colleges you’re interested in attending – staffers can answer your questions about the college and city.

  • http://www.mvhsmun.org Dominic

    Ryan, I couldn’t agree with you more. For me, however, the legacy and the opportunity to participate in a world-wide movement is incredible. MUNers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. I love running into MUN Alumni during random conversations in the most unusual places. Keep up the excellent work!

  • http://bestdelegate.com Ryan

    @Dominic — Between my freshman and sophomore year of college, I did a summer program in Prague where I shared a room with someone from France who attended high school in the Philippines and did MUN there. He was going to college in Oregon, and his freshman year roommate did MUN in high school with @Sarah, whom I had met at an MUN conference in NYC just a few months before. MUN is definitely a world-wide network.

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  • R Timberlake

    The aspect for using this simulated learning is key. The idea was and is an attempt to realistically understand the world and its peoples by researching its issues. If one looks at all the topics done then one can see the potential for accelerated learning. The only issue is if students are well resreached and prepared to truly be in policy.

    If prepared then they can see an educational improvenment in many classes and or future classes. In high school for example how many AP classes dove tail into Model UN topics , econ, science, gov, history and biology ? How much practice writing does one get from postition papers ? How many presenations and interviews do they have an advatage with ? Lastly, when MUN’ers know their topic backwards and forwards they can go to any university one or two steps ahead of their peers in relevant classes. The ability to critically think takes a huge step forward. It goes beyond just hanging out with people. Anyone can do that anywhere. It comes down to truly understanding the people and nations of the world through their always evolving daily challenges.

    On the other hand when it is all BS, smoke and mirrors and boilerplate solutions they deservedly fall on their own sword.

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