30 Jan 2024
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

SLAS: Wildcat MUNers!


Model UN is a simulation of UN procedures where schools and universities globally participate in the program that seeks to educate students about current events, international relations, diplomacy and the UN agenda. Participants are given a deeper understanding of a variety of global issues, and opportunities to engage with peers to understand how and why the UN works. We are very proud of our SLAS MUNers and look forward to their success in developing their debate and diplomacy skills as future global leaders. Our Wildcats are participating in CISSMUN from Jan 19th-21st and we’ll be hearing more about their experiences soon!


CISSMUN XIII Day 1: Reflection by Hee Chul Kim (Henry)

The saying goes that the first time is always the hardest. So naturally, today, on my first MUN conference representing Mozambique in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), my anxiety was at a peak high. Representing a country in a formal conference is hard enough, but representing a country in the Security Council (arguably the hardest committee in all of MUN) was at a whole other level (even my fellow UNSC veteran delegates were surprised). And my beginnings were not the best, bewildered by the blistering pace and the serious atmosphere. However, as time went on, I began getting used to my committee and made some memorable friendships even on day one. Next thing I knew, I was comfortable with the UNSC and its delegates, who were so friendly and helpful despite my lack of experience in MUN. At the end of the day, I left the conference room feeling quite happy; the first day was such a special one, and I cannot wait to participate in the remainder of the event!

Henry Kim G9 
Shanghai Livingston American School
CISSMUN XIII Day 2: Reflection by Drishti Pattnaik
This year, it was my first time attending CISSMUN, and I have to say, I’m glad I went. So far, this event has been a rewarding experience, and I have learned numerous things throughout the last few days that I never knew before. Other than learning about the procedures and process of UN conferences, I also learned how to form allies, leadership skills, teamwork, public speaking, and so much more. However, it goes without saying that there were both ups and downs in my experience. For instance, I’m sure many of my fellow delegates will agree that it was difficult to overcome the fear of speaking and get the courage to give speeches in front of a room full of people. There were also a lot of other obstacles and the journey definitely wasn’t smooth the whole ride. But what I learned is that things may not always be easy and one may face many challenges, but there is always a way to overcome those – and I believe this is the most important thing I have learned the past two days. That’s not to say that I didn’t have fun, though. I made many new friends and got to make a lot of incredible new memories. I’m looking forward to participating in the final day of CISSMUN and hope that I get opportunities to attend similar events in the future.
Drishti Pattnaik
Shanghai Livingston American School
CISSMUN XIII Day 3: Reflection by Minami Watanabe
Participating in CISSMUN 2024 as Iraq’s delegate in the UN Commission on the Status of Women was both challenging and meaningful.
Returning to MUN for the second time, I anticipated some nerves, but the depth and quality of debate from delegates in my Committee were extraordinary. Alongside topics like oppressive practices against women in the Middle East and the gender gap in STEM education, we delved into the crucial issue of safeguarding reproductive healthcare for women as well. The discussions were not just theoretical debates; they were based on a genuine desire to make a difference in a real world situation. Therefore, passing resolutions wasn’t easy, reflecting the diverse stances of different countries.
It is a bit too early to conclude my high school MUN journey since we still have Wellington MUN, but I am filled with a pride and honor. This experience was more than just about arguing for infeasible solutions; it was a display of strong desire of young students ready to confront and solve real-world problems in future. The commitment and intelligence of these young delegates have left a lasting impression on me, as I step forward into the next phase of my life.
Minami Watanabe
Shanghai Livingston American School