The Model United Nations is a school activity where students usually roleplay delegates to the United Nations and create committees. It is an educational simulation and academic activity where students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.
If I were to do this project again, what I would do differently is advocate to do something different given my 504 plan. The most challenging part of this project was trying to restrain myself from falling into severe depression throughout the duration of it. This project completely went against the emotions in my body and way of thinking. The world is not a flawless place. There are people who are dying and being killed by dangerous diseases. Countries that are bombarded with poverty. There’s more bomb threats and violence than ever. Women are not being treated with any respect whatsoever. The disagreements very clearly outweigh the agreements. It hurt my heart to see students having a discussion about what countries get what amount of money. Greedy negotiation is not going to solve anything.
What I was most proudest of in the meeting was that there was not a large amount of silent moments. This project changed my thinking because I didn't quite understand how much humans are destroying the planet. I became unhappy with America because we make up 5% of the population, produce 30% of the waste and use 25% of the resources. I learned that many things that we use and consume require the burning of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases. Moving forward, I’m going to be mindful of my carbon footprint and try to keep it as small as possible. One of my enduring takeaways from this project is that there will be things in life that you really don’t want to do but all you can possibly do is get through it with grace and don’t say anything.
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