What is experiential learning? The Winchendon School firmly believes that one of the precursors to success in the real world is actually gaining experience IN the real world before one gets there. TWS student delegates did just that, traveling to Boston last week to participate in the sixty-fourth session of the Harvard Model United Nations.
At HMUN, students gain insight into the real inner workings of United Nations assemblies; in the words of Model U.N. adviser Jared Magee, it’s an event set up to “better understand diplomacy, parliamentary procedure, debate, coherent, concise writing, the diversity of nations, and more.” Winch students this time around were representing the country of Serbia, and in another few weeks at the imminent North American Invitational Model United Nations (the largest conference TWS will have ever attended), the delegates will represent three different nations.
The Harvard Model U.N. was a great opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these concerns, all while attempting to balance national interests (or personal) with the needs of the international community.
Winchendon School students comprised committees that were in sessions lasting anywhere from 8am until sometimes midnight or later, but represented the School honorably, arriving back home with the knowledge, compassion, and motivation to make a difference again. And that’s when experience comes into play. Good luck, delegates!