By: Catherine N.
On Tuesday, March 7th, seven students, two teachers, and one parent chaperone met inside of Mitchell International Airport to depart for Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN). During MMUN, students take on the role of UN ambassadors debating compelling global, political, and economic issues. The experience takes place in New York City and requires several weeks of research and preparation so topics can be discussed and debated using current information. Part of the preparation includes a formal position paper.
After safely landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, we were shuttled to the Marriott Marquis where we roomed for the trip. On day one, we went to the Museum of Modern Art where we explored many intriguing exhibits with incredible artwork all around. On our way to lunch, we stopped in the renovated St. Patrick’s Cathedral which was absolutely spectacular. The always busy and delicious Shake Shack was the popular selection for lunch at Grand Central Terminal. Shortly after lunch, the group returned to the hotel to get ready for the next leg of our adventure and organize our rooms. That day also included a trip to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building and a stunning view of New York City at night.
Day two included a trip to the Statue of Liberty and a performance of Aladdin on Broadway. The next morning, the real work of the trip began. On Thursday, we met with students from two dozen other countries to solve the world’s problems. We talked, discussed, and even argued with other students. This unique experience to meet and work with peers from across the world is something we as students will never forget. Then Saturday, the MMUN part of the trip culminated in a visit to the U.N. to vote on our ideas in the same seats normally reserved for presidents, dictators, and ambassadors. This trip was intellectually challenging, eye-opening, and a unique perspective into various cultures and ideas, that we will have forever.
Check out just a few of the highlights of the trip below.
Photo Credit: Audrey Salick