Thanks to the UT Honors Program, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston this past weekend to take part in the 63rd Harvard National Model United Nations Conference. For four days, I represented Ghana in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In my sessions, we discussed solutions to the issue of protecting UNESCO cultural heritage sites during armed conflict. Instead of escalating the conflict by recommending peacekeepers be stationed around buildings and museums, Ghana pushed for increased evacuation funding and a task force to help return seized black-market artifacts to the country of origin. Working with delegations representing countries such as Russia and Australia, I was able to help pass a detailed resolution that aims to solve this global issue.
Outside of the sessions, I was able to explore the city, including visiting the Boston Common, Fenway Park, and Boston University. Through a stipend from the Honors Program, my fellow UT delegates and I were able to experience a variety of great food at restaurants throughout the area. I met students from schools ranging from Venezuela to China, and although no one from UT won an award, I feel confident that each Spartan came away with new knowledge, friends, and an appreciation for international diplomacy.
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.
The 2017 University of Tampa Delegation to the Harvard National Model United Nations just returned from an exciting weekend in Boston. The students represented Ghana at the conference. The delegation was made up of the following students: Maite Ayala, Julia Boorse, Jennifer Campbell, Regina Cannon, Michael Hartman, Arden Igleheart, Brianna Jones, Juhi Kore, Madison Lawson, Lucy Sherman, Angelina Yearwood, Matthew Youngster, and Ioana Zanchi.
One of the opportunities I had while part of the Honors Program at The University of Tampa was attending and leading UT’s delegation at the Harvard National Model United Nations. The annual conference held in Boston hosts over 3,000 students from universities all over the world with the aim of simulating the workings of the United Nations. The learning curve on this experience is extremely steep and in the process of negotiating deals, building alliances, and writing resolutions, you learn about the importance of global collaboration as much as you learn about the world.
It matters to a certain extent what school you attend, and UT is as good a place as any. But it matters much more what you make of the school you attend. The Honors Program, in that light, represents a unique blend of opportunities that enrich your entire college experience and provide a boost toward achieving your life goals.