Nina Bose ’18 says she was, “shocked, honestly” when she was named Outstanding Delegate at the recent Model UN competition at Penn State.
This was her first collegiate Model UN competition. She participated in several during high school and says the college level competitions are more fun because “collegiate Model UN is more crisis oriented, which means you, as an individual, can have quite an impact on how the committee and discussion moves forward.”
Out of the eight committees contestants were divided into, Bose was part of the Press Corps and says that at the end of every committee session she found herself impressed.
“I’d marvel at the creativity of the other delegates in the Press Corps after hearing about the various ways the they influenced the committees they were observing,” she says.
The student named Best Delegate, the highest Model UN honor, held a joint press conference for two nations going to war and another made a delegate in the committee they were covering run for office by creating a false campaign for them.
“I, on the other hand, mostly stuck to simply reporting what was taking place in the committees without necessarily affecting them directly,” Bose says. “I certainly was not expecting to win an award. I suppose the chair liked my writing and thought I was doing a decent job. I won’t complain!”
Bose says that most of the other contestants were studying something in the field of Social Sciences, while she is a Computer Science major.
“It was great meeting people from different universities and backgrounds,” she says. “It was interesting to talk to people about the different experiences they have had in college.”
She was also amazed at what some of the other contestants came up with for their committees.
“Some people are so incredibly creative!” she says.
Bose says that getting the award for Outstanding Delegate was “a morale booster. I feel ready to dive back into school, now, having taken a little break from Computer Science for the conference.”
She isn’t sure what the future holds but will keep an eye out for various opportunities that lead to new experiencves. Model UN definitely fits that bill.
Bose wasn’t the only Rochester student recognized at the competition, however. Sean Wang ’16, was named an honorable mention by the chair.