Saeed, 17, a high school student who excels in scientific subjects, hopes to enroll in a dual major that combines his two passions, math and politics. An advocate since 7th grade of the Model United Nations program, commonly referred to as MUN, Saeed is attracted to humanities subjects in higher education despite his science-oriented mind.
“The more you stay in MUN the more engaged you become,” said Saeed, who asked to be identified by his first name only. “One is influenced just by the fact of being exposed to the world of the United Nations, diplomacy and international relations.”
The experience “made me appreciate the value of debate,” he said. “It made me look into something less technical and more into humanities.”
Students who experience Model United Nations simulations and remained engaged in the program tend to enroll in hybrid subjects in higher education, combining analytical disciplines like engineering, math or medicine, and humanities-based subjects, educators say.