Mercy College’s Model UN team recently competed at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Competition and won the competition’s highest award, the Outstanding Delegation Award. Mercy College has been competing in the NMUN Competition for thirty years and this is the first time the Mercy College team has won this award.
The competition took place at the United Nation Headquarters in Manhattan, including in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. Twenty Mercy College students were among over 2,500 students coming from over 200 colleges and academic institutions in the world. They conducted a simulation of the United Nations, discussing world issues and topics for solutions, acting as the diplomats representing 193 countries. Mercy College represented Spain this year.
In addition to the team award, team member Carolina Santrovitsch da Silva received an Outstanding Award for her position paper. “It is not all about researching and drafting resolutions. Rather, it is about cooperation. I have noticed a lot of changes within myself. In particular, I became very confident about speaking in public. My goal was to get an Outstanding Award. Now that I got it, I would like to keep winning,” said Santrovitsch da Silva.
The team members learned about managing crisis and tense situations as they navigated the competition, but perhaps none more so than team member Jordana Larose. Two days before the competition while in the team boot camp that precedes the competition, Larose received a phone call that her house was on fire. While everyone got out safely, Larose’s family lost most of their belongings. Still determined to compete, Larose spent the day before the competition buying new clothes to replace the ones she lost in the fire. “By working very hard at this conference, I was able to get my life back. I am very grateful,” said Larose.
Professor and faculty adviser to the Mercy NMUN Team, Michiko Kuroda, said, “I realize that this competition is not just about knowledge or skills. This is about managing life and performance. We received great help from experienced students as well. Everything matters. What is the most important is the motivation to pursue and the commitment not to give up. I believe that these students realize that they can do anything that they want to do in their lives.”