Milton Represented at BOSMUN Conference
by Gabriella Blake on Friday, March 8th, 2013
On Friday, February 22, a group of Milton students attended a weekend-long Model United Nations Conference hosted by Boston University. The event gives students the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of political topics in an environment intended to simulate that of the United Nations. At the end of the weekend, each student committee reaches an agreement on a solution to its issue. An exciting experience for politically interested students, many delegates also found the conference to be a time of personal growth.
The students arrived in Boston Friday afternoon to attend their first committee session, where the delegates discussed the events they had been researching for weeks before. Prior to attending the conference, each delegate had created position papers discussing his or her ideas on a given topic. This process requires all participants to be prepared to contribute to each committee discussion. The wide range of topics, from water distribution to murders in the transgender population of Honduras, gave every student the opportunity to find a subject that he or she found interesting. Sydney Adedamola (II), who attended the conference both this year and last, was particularly impressed with the dedication her peers showed to the world issues on the table. Says Sydney, “people were so informed about the topics and it’s amazing to see so many people so passionate about one topic.”
Each delegate must attend three, three hour-long sessions on Saturday, and a final session on Sunday. All students who attend the conference stay at the Boston Park Plaza, where social events were held on Friday and Saturday nights to encourage collaboration between schools.
The Milton delegates were separated into different rooms that housed different committees. The committee rooms ranged in size; Alastair Bastian (II) said, “my committee was very small, so I had the chance to speak a lot.” Patrick “Pat” Sheehan (II), who also attended the conference, was happy with his room’s environment, saying, “almost every delegate in my room participated regularly in caucuses and verbalized their viewpoints for the rest of the delegates.”
For all Milton students, the conference was a learning experience. Laura Barkowski (III) notes, “I definitely learned a lot from the BosMUN conference. Being my first conference, BosMUN taught me the basics of Model UN but it also taught me how to be a strong delegate. I think BosMUN really pushed me out of my comfort zone.”
Justin Kennedy (II), also new to the process, says, “throughout the weekend I became familiar with all the terms and phrases used in the conferences and the actual UN and came out of it much more knowledgeable about the UN’s framework and protocol.”
Not only learning about the United Nation, the BosMUN students also made many friendships in their rooms, as well as at the social activities, such as a dance on Saturday night. Schools from all over the world attended the conference, with roughly 2,000 students congregating in Boston.
Pat Sheehan said, “the other delegates from Milton were very fun to hang out with and we became friends with delegates from other schools too. Activities like the delegate dance added fun to the conference, which sometimes seemed monotonous and tedious.”
The other Milton participants happily agreed. Commenting on the wide range of peers he shared a room with, Kennedy said, “throughout the weekend, I met many people in my room from all around the world. There were a couple of kids from China as well as European countries and even Mexico that I came to know. Quite a few of them shared the same interests as I have and some even went to nearby schools I was very familiar with.”
Overall, the conference was a success; the delegates left Boston more knowledgeable about their topic as well as with new friends.
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