News Model United Nations
CSU Model United Nations
c/o Clayton State University
Department of Social Sciences
2000 Clayton State Blvd
Morrow, GA 30260
Darrell Campbell, Head Delegate
Dr. Karen Young, Faculty Advisor
…I did not want the other delegates in our committee to know that this was my first conference so I spent hours every week studying and researching in preparation. When I arrived in committee I was very happy to be the first on the speakers list to set the agenda. As I approached the podium to speak, my heart rate increased and my palms began to sweat I had to relax and inhale, taking very deep breaths to reassure myself that I was ready. As my mouth opened to speak to the room full of listeners that were ready to analyze any sign of weakness that I exhibited, I made it my mission to disappoint them by displaying my enthusiasm as a world problem solver. They all glared at me in awe as I was able to convey to them my reasoning for setting the agenda in the order I had chosen. Even before I was finished speaking several delegates had notes sent to me saying that they agreed with my logic and wanted to work together with me throughout the week. I smiled and exhaled. They knew that I was prepared….
…As we met new delegates throughout the conference sessions, every pre-conceived notion and stereotype about each other seemed to go out of the window as we all began to remember our mission for being there was to solve world problems and issues and to accomplish this together…
…This program is amazing and it has changed my life in ways that words could not even express. I felt privileged to be a part of the CSU Model UN Team and for everyone at the conference to welcome me with open arms really touched me….
…What I really enjoyed about the conference were the team work skills that everyone displayed. The preparation by our advisor prior to departing for the conference and the team work displayed by everyone on-site at the conference was the best team work training I have ever experienced in my life. It was easy to recognize that these are the skills that young men and women need to not only solve world issues but common issues in our schools and in communities that we all experience every day….
…I will remember this experience for the rest of my life. Even after I complete graduate school I am dedicated to donating as much time and money as I possibly can to the CSU Model United Nations program. I believe that a program such as this which uplifts young people will offer them the opportunity to gain the same things I did: confidence, knowledge, teamwork skills and the art of negotiation...