Harvard National Model United Nations – Regina Cannon

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When I signed up for PSCH 212, I was so scared. I knew as a nursing major it wasn’t really in my “field of expertise,” but I was interested in the WHO and administrative work involved in health promotion worldwide through the UN. I decided to ignore my fears and go for it. My fears became VERY prevalent when I stepped into the lobby of the Boston Park Plaza and saw hundreds of students from around the world in business attire. I remind you my usual business attire is limited to scrubs and I only owned one pant suit…so all of this was very intimidating. Despite this, I ignored my fears and put on a poker face as I participated in my first ever HNMUN as a delegate representing Ghana in the General Assembly on the SST. I delegated for hours, drafted resolutions with people from nations like China, Venezuela, and South Korea, and universities like Yale and U Penn. I ignored my fears and did what I thought would be impossible for someone who has no experience in the world of politics. I have never been so exhausted in my life, but I walked away knowing that while I may be going to school to save lives in hospitals, there are so many people lobbying to save lives through the work of writing resolutions on the behalf of the UN. It was an amazing, eye-opening experience. I cannot thank Dr. Fridy enough for providing me with the skills going into this conference and the Honors Program for providing me with this opportunity. Thank you all so much for encouraging me to push myself just a little bit further.

Regina Cannon, Nursing major (class of 2019)

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