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UNK's Model UN struts skills, knowledge at Harvard conference
Ashley Penn
Antelope Staff
Photo by Ashley PennCamila Parra Diaz (front) and Pamela Thindwa (back) wait for a response from the dias at a practice session Feb. 11.
Photo by Ashley PennPresident of the Model United Nations club Sharon Thindwa researches to help her fellow delegates prepare for the Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Boston.

Weeks of hard work paid off for UNK students at Harvard National Model United Nations Conference


The only thing the 12 students who attended Model United Nations weren’t prepared for was the snowstorm that delayed them for two extra days in Boston and Atlanta.

The eager group left Nebraska Feb. 16 from Omaha after counting the days to test what they have learned with all the other colleges and universities participating at Model UN conducted by Harvard in Boston, Mass.

Meetings, tests, and loads of research and practice sessions had consumed the lives of the dozen UNK students, who anxiously prepared for the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference.  

They studied facts and information about the country they represented, which was Zambia. Each individual selected a committee to represent, including legal, world health organization, human rights or other committees that were available.  

The overall purpose of this conference was to debate ideas on given topics that the group prepared for in order to formulate solutions and get resolutions passed.

“I was super excited about going on this trip. I couldn’t believe we were actually going to Harvard,” said Sharon Thindwa president of Model UN.

Still, Thindwa wasn’t worried about competing at Harvard. “The group this year is pretty ambitious, so I was sure that we would have a good experience at the conference.”  

The Model UN, a national collegiate organization, aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.  

However, this year, the group studied various aspects of the African country Zambia.  

The team prepared with a manual that was about 66 pages long and packed with everything that they would need to know to get them started. It was amazing to see such a driven group of people working so hard to prepare themselves for the upcoming event, Thindwa said.

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