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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!