Today's blog is by freshman Benjamin W., a member of our Model United Nations Club. Thanks for sharing a little more about this global club on campus!

Model United Nations (Model UN or MUN) is a fun club offered at BASIS Independent McLean that gives students opportunities to practice public speaking and develop their leadership skills. Students research a pressing matter in today’s world and work with others to create solutions to these problems. Model UN gives me opportunities to speak in front of dozens of people frequently, a chance many students never get. Model UN has strengthened my confidence in speaking both in life and in the classroom. It also gives me knowledge of real-world problems and has perked my interest in politics.

At BIM, our Model UN Club meets weekly on “MUN-days.” Get it? During our meetings, we will discuss strategy and practice speaking and negotiating skills. One of my favorite things to do is play a game called “Just A Minute,” in which a speaker attempts to filibuster a topic without making a mistake. If you repeat words, stutter, or pause, your opponent begins speaking. Whoever is speaking at the one-minute mark is the winner. We also spend time preparing research for competitions. We attend several throughout the year.

One of my favorite Model UN experiences was when I represented the United Kingdom in a committee concerning environmental refugees, who are people forced to become refugees due to environmental changes. I had to find a group of people with similar ideas, merge our interests into one paper, and get that paper passed.

Model UN is an excellent activity for anyone who wants to grasp a better understanding of world issues and develop their speaking. It’s part of what makes BASIS Independent McLean such a great school.