This past weekend, Eastern’s Model United Nations team attended GLIMUN: the Great Lakes Invitational Conference. The first conference of the year took place in Kalamazoo. The conference spanned over four days – from Wednesday evening to Saturday. During this time, delegates represented their assigned nations and committees, debating and coming to compromises with other delegations to reach resolutions. Topics of discussion ranged from climate change, infectious disease, and child marriage to the right of peaceful protest in Afghanistan and Israel-Palestine. The delegates’ weeks of hard work and research leading up to the conference paid off with Eastern winning multiple awards during the conference.
Olivia Benedict (‘22), representing North Korea, was awarded best delegate in the social, cultural, and humanitarian committee. Olivia was proud of “Eastern’s ability to work as a team,” and shared that she “could tell everyone there was motivated and wanted to be there.” When asked what she felt she did well to win Best Delegate Olivia expressed “I stuck to my country’s policies, talked a lot, and was respectful to the chairs.” (The ‘chairs’ is the term given to the heads of committee who orchestrate the debates). Olivia was not the only exceptional delegate from Eastern: Jesse Yang (‘22), Nanda Murali (‘22), Jaisal Chopra (‘22), Sreejay Ramakrishan (‘23), and Hope Orban (‘24) all won honorable mentions for best delegate of their committees.
Eastern also had three winning delegations, or groups of three people who make up the delegates for one country: USA with delegates Nanda Murali (‘22), Jesse Yang (‘22), and Naman Jain (‘22), Colombia with delegates Palak Rekhani (‘22), Reese Bower (‘24), and Aayush Sule (‘24), and Germany with delegates Muskan Rekhani (‘24), Aubrey Winczewski (‘24), and Jaisal Chopra (‘22). As an honorable mention for best delegate and a part of a winning delegation, Jaisal Chopra remarked “I am so happy to see all the hard work I put in pay off.” Jaisal’s advice to anyone in or interested in Model UN is to “try to be open to everyone’s ideas and compromise with other delegations.”
Model UN is a great outlet to improve communication skills as well as important life and professional skills. First-time delegate Natalie Mouw (‘23) expressed “it was a lot of hard work, and intense negotiation but, it was worth it in the end because of the people you meet and skillset you gain: making compromises, public speaking, and talking with people you don’t know at all!” Be sure to congratulate the FHE Model UN team on their outstanding performance at GlIMUN last weekend!