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March 8, 2013

Students embrace Harvard Model U.N. experience

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“There’s so many crises out there in the world that need to be fixed,” added fellow junior Shayne Donoghue, secretary for Peru Central’s Harvard Model U.N. Club.

TEACHES LEADERSHIP

Donoghue, too, received an honorable mention at this year’s conference for his work representing Somalia in the event’s Ad Hoc Summit of the League of Arab States.

Through their negotiations with fellow delegates at Harvard University, students are also challenged with learning the arts of diplomacy, compromise and leadership.

“This program sort of fosters massive amounts of independence, as well as abilities to work well with others and lead others,” Coryer said.

“It taught me leadership like no other program,” added first-time participant Kenna Barnes, a sophomore at CCRS.

Barnes and CCRS junior Paige Garnot represented Japan on the conference’s Disarmament and International Security Committee, where they worked with delegates representing countries like Yemen and the United States to formulate solutions aimed to protect citizens in modern warfare. 

Though Barnes personally liked the solutions offered by the Russian delegates, she ultimately chose to align with the United States, as that is what Japan often does.

And she felt it her duty to represent the country accurately.  

“Most countries (perspectives) that I have to represent aren’t the same views as I (have), so it’s difficult at some points,” noted Leagon Carlin, a junior at Peru Central.

“But then you also have to remember that it’s crucial to everyone else there that you represent your points properly.”

A WORLD VIEW

But while the Harvard program requires students to stay focused on their assigned roles and duties, there is time for some socialization.

“You meet so many people from different countries,” said Nicole Fisher, also a junior at Peru Central.  

She has kept in touch with students from Singapore and continues to learn about the lives of contacts she’s made in other nations as well.

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