After committee on Thursday, I found myself waiting for the delegation from Australian National University to get a snack, and then found myself on the Seoul metro with one Australian, one Finnish national, and a Libyan studying in the United Kingdom. Aside from the usual political topics that any Model UN-er loves discussing, we started talking about our home countries and college experiences. Although Georgetown has an international focus, I did not gain a true understanding of “internationalism” until that moment, talking with three other college students from across the world. It served as a reminder that people are so much more than their politics, and that our similarities stretch across continents and oceans. I don’t remember what my Finnish friend said about the European Union, but I do remember that he has hiked across Europe and loves nature. I remember the accents that my Australian friend mimed, and my Libyan friend’s vivid description of his mother’s cooking.
Model UN in the United States is a unique experience, a social experiment that cannot be described in writing. The same faces appear on the circuit, meaning that we get to know a small group of dedicated, intellectual, and creative individuals who are deeply enmeshed within the community. Travelling internationally showed me more than a new set of faces. It showed me that the dedication and commitment to diplomacy I have come to know and love in the United States is alive and well abroad. As a freshman, embarking on my Georgetown experience, I am excited for the opportunities that will come when I leave the Hilltop. And I hope that I will be able to exercise this spirit of diplomacy to make the world a better place.