Mar 09, 2017
Cam Galindo, Political Science
In mid-February, I had the opportunity of attending a 3-day Model United Nations conference in Hamilton organized and attended by undergraduate students at McMaster University. The conference featured several skill-building sessions through debate, presentations, and networking opportunities in a setting that simulated a real conference at the United Nations.
As a fourth year political science student at McMaster, I take a special interest in international politics and diplomacy. However, I found that my experience was very limited to the classroom setting. That's why I was really excited to be taking part. In other words, I took part in experiential education.
During the conference, the country that I represented was Colombia. As the official 'delegate' from Colombia, I was responsible for representing the country's perspective on various global issues in the hopes of reaching a resolution. During the three day conference, I was a member of the UN General Assembly where I took part in formal discussions and debates with 'delegates' from other countries.
One of my favourite things to do was to pass notes to other countries. Turns out, passing notes is an important aspect of diplomacy and event organizers even had specific individuals in charge of passing notes. They were called 'pages.' At the same time, social media also played an important role in the conference. Delegates were encouraged to create a Twitter account representing their country and UN committee. As a result, there was constant social media engagement throughout the whole conference which I think strongly contributed to its success.
Overall, my experience at MACMUN 2017 was amazing. It was a very well organized and professional event. Not only was I able to make new friends and learn about how the United Nations function through diplomacy, but I am also looking forward to sharing my experience and what I learned with other students.
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