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Model United Nations
On the weekend of the 17-19 May, four Year 11 students took on the challenge of participating in the Model United Nations experience at Phillip Island representing the countries of South Korea and Poland. Here’s what they had to say about this unique opportunity.
‘The experience that I have gained from MUNA is truly rewarding, and I cannot thank the Rotary enough for the opportunity that they have given me. We debated on a variety of issues and this really expanded my views. One of the most valuable pieces of advice that I gained from MUNA came from the guest speaker, Charlie Speirs. He said that it is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude. He explained that your attitude, whether it is towards school or your social life is more important than your natural skills in these areas and this dictates the level you will be able to achieve in these areas of life.
One of the best things about this experience was meeting many people from different schools. There was mutual respect between us and the other participants. MUNA pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am very grateful for it. When you have over 50 teenagers who don’t know each other in the room, you’d think it would be nerve wracking to be there, however, as soon as we got to Phillip Island, we were immediately welcomed with opened arms. Although most of us were different in many ways, we instantly clicked with each other.
The experience from MUNA has given me the courage to want to try more new things and it has taught me that by trying new things and going out of your comfort zone, you can gain so much more than you might have expected.’
Janice Tee and Thilara Herath - Year 11
As a follow up, three of the students reported back to the Cranbourne Rotary about their experiences. They articulated their learnings and answered questions from the Rotarians, as well as expressing their thanks for the opportunity provided to them. It was a wonderful way to reflect on their time at MUNA.