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Meet CUE’s Model UN Delegates

Name: Kelsey Bell

Year/Program at CUE: 4th year Management Student at CUE

How long have you been a member of the Model UN Club? 11 Months

What inspired you to join the Model UN Club and how do you think it will apply to your future career?
I wanted to join after hearing other people talk about what a great learning experience Model UN was for them and wanted to experience that for myself. As a Management student and a future business leader, Model UN conferences are a great way to practice leadership skills and cooperation among peers.

What’s the best part about being a member of the Model UN Club?
For me, the best part is going to conferences, where I can see the preparation pay off as everyone works together to complete the resolutions by the end of the conference.

What advice would you give to students considering joining the Model UN Club?
Do it. Being a member of Model UN has shown me that all the work to prepare is totally worth it at the conference, and the conference is a whole lot of fun too!

What are you looking forward to most about the conference in Banff?
I’m looking forward to work together with all the everyone, both Canadian and international, towards a common goal, as well as just meeting new people and having fun.

What do you hope to achieve at the conference in Banff?
I hope to meet people, work together and show the international guests Canadian hospitality.

 

Name: Rebekka Hay

Year/Program at CUE: Fourth year/ English major, political science minor

How long have you been a member of the Model UN Club? Three years

What inspired you to join the Model UN Club and how do you think it will apply to your future career?
I had heard of the Model UN club my first year but I found it a little intimidating. Then in my second year Kelsea Gillespie asked me to be her partner to represent the delegation of Madagascar. Model UN is beneficial regardless of the career you want. It requires public speaking, negotiations, and diplomacy; as a student seeking to attend law school, these all apply to my future profession.

What’s the best part about being a member of the Model UN Club?
I love the Model UN Club because I get to travel globally, and the people you meet are amazing. There’s never a dull moment. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Japan, local AIMUN conferences and Banff for this year’s annual national conference. Also it’s wonderful being surrounded by like-minded students who are passionate about raising awareness and providing solutions for global issues.

What advice would you give to students considering joining the Model UN Club?
It’s a decision you won’t regret. Costs for travel are mitigated through fundraising, and at the very least you can develop excellent research skills. Always handy to know as an undergrad!

What are you looking forward to most about the conference in Banff?
I’ve personally never been to Banff so that’s exciting. Also it’s great that it’s a conference which Concordia is personally hosting. I am very proud of our university and I’m thrilled that we get to broadcast the natural phenomena of the north.

What do you hope to achieve at the conference in Banff?
I want to grow personally as a Model UN delegate. To develop the skills that make up a great delegate takes practice and dedication, I’m hoping to improve and represent Concordia to the best of my abilities.

 

Name: Natasha Miller

Year/Program at CUE: 4th year/ Bachelor of Arts in English

How long have you been a member of the Model UN Club?
This is my first year being a part of the model UN Club.

What inspired you to join the Model UN Club and how do you think it will apply to your future career?
I joined the Model UN Club because I have heard so many fun and exciting experiences from past members. I believe there are many valuable applications I have learned in the Club that can further me in a career, including professionalism and public speaking.

What’s the best part about being a member of the Model UN Club?
The best part about being in the Model UN Club is definitely travelling!

What advice would you give to students considering joining the Model UN Club?
Come talk to us! We would love to answer your questions about the Club and what we do.

What are you looking forward to most about the conference in Banff?
This will be my first international conference, I am looking forward to everything and being able to take in the whole experience.

What do you hope to achieve at the conference in Banff?
I would love to achieve an award at the Banff conference to bring back to CUE!

 

Name: Gabriel Brendan Molnar

Year/Program at CUE: Third year Bachelor of Arts

How long have you been a member of the Model UN Club?
I have been a member of the Concordia Model United Nations for three months.

What inspired you to join the Model UN Club and how do you think it will apply to your future career?
It seemed like an interesting learning opportunity. Moving forward I intend to pursue a career in computational sciences; being a member of Model UN has provided a forum to improve both my communication and organizational skills which applies well to this field.

What’s the best part about being a member of the Model UN Club?
Being part of a skilled and dedicated team of people, each of which have a strong desire to enrich his or her education to the fullest and foster a genuine appreciation for learning.

What advice would you give to students considering joining the Model UN Club?
Join.

What are you looking forward to most about the conference in Banff?
As a novice member there is little I am not looking forward to while attending the conference.

What do you hope to achieve at the conference in Banff?
I hope to take part in meaningful collaboration with other MUN members, meet new people, and learn some new things.

 

Name: Whitney Thomson

Year/Program at CUE: I am in my fourth year of Political Economy, with a minor in Philosophy.

How long have you been a member of the Model UN Club?
I have been a member of CMUNC for a year and a half, and president for about seven months.

What inspired you to join the Model UN Club and how do you think it will apply to your future career?
I was interested in Model UN for some time before my friends eventually dragged me to a meeting. I want to go into law and eventually politics, so everything about Model UN can improve my skills for these fields- from public speaking and writing, to collaborating with others and compromising to meet your mutual goals. Now, as president of the club, I have had the opportunity to vastly improve my leadership and organizational skills. That being said, I truly enjoy participating in the club, I do not do it merely for the benefits to my present and future career goals.

What’s the best part about being a member of the Model UN Club?
There are so many great experiences you will have travelling with MUN, but the best part is definitely the relationships you build. Our team becomes a second family and I now have friends all over the world from meeting them at international conferences.

What advice would you give to students considering joining the Model UN Club?
Come join us! We are open to students from any faculty, and you do not need to have political aspirations to benefit immensely from the training you receive in the club. If you expect to ever have to communicate, cooperate, or generally deal with other human beings in your line of work or personal life, Model UN will give you invaluable skills for doing just that. Plus, it’s travel you can put on your resume!

What are you looking forward to most about the conference in Banff?
I am looking forward to seeing my team flourish. They have all put so much work into preparing for this conference, and many of them are going to an international conference for their very first time- I am just so proud of them, and I can’t wait for them to see that work pay off!

What do you hope to achieve at the conference in Banff?
Ideally, I would love to win an award, as it is my last international conference before I graduate. But if anyone excels in conference, it will be as great as a personal achievement. As long as I can leave feeling proud of the work I have done, I will be happy- no matter the outcome.