Learn more about his interest in Model UN, and how his experiences in MUN helped develop his negotiation skills, ability to navigate difficult real-life conversations, and ability to persuade others through the power of his words.
Q: Why did you decide to join public speaking?
A: I started doing public speaking because my brother was president of the Model UN club at the time and kept trying to get me to join, so as soon as I could, I joined, and I have never regretted it! It has been one of the most fun and engaging activities I have ever pursued and I haven't stopped since then.
Q: What has been your favourite part of public speaking so far?
A: Without a doubt, my favourite part of public speaking is the friends I made along the way! Model UN is such an interpersonal way to debate, and it puts you in situations with complete strangers that push you to become fast friends. The experience to go with your teammates to a conference, and give it your all for 3 days straight is incredible, and the camaraderie I developed has formed some of my longest-lasting friendships.
Q: How do you feel your public speaking skills will help you in the future?
A: I think the biggest asset has been to help develop my ability to negotiate. Model UN, especially in Crisis committees, associates success with your ability to convince others to work with you and help achieve your goals. This has taught me how to approach difficult conversations and convince others to see things the way I see them.
Q: Do you have any advice for students who are hesitant to join a public speaking group like Model UN? Why should they consider debating/public speaking?
A: I would advise people to throw themselves in! Even the most shy students I have ever seen get the hang of it after a few training sessions, and they start to get out of their shell more. Confidence is an amazing skill to have, and Model UN really teaches you how and why to be confident. I always compare it to diving into cold water, the worst part is having to jump in!