- Daniela Arana, Editor-in-chief
The Legacy of MUN (Model United Nations)
Updated: Feb 19, 2021
Last year the school’s MUN club was able to attend the NAIMUN LVII event that was held in Washington, D.C. The former MUN president, Javier Arana, described this experience as one of the most enriching and fun.
Javier Arana was a senior at the time. He has recently graduated as part of the Class of 2020 at CSA. He explained that throughout his high school years his goal was to find something he truly enjoyed, and he found this passion in debate long before starting MUN.
Javier recalls that in 7th or 8th grade, during a history class, he was presented with the opportunity to argue his point of view. When he was debating, he felt a rush of adrenaline and empowerment; consequently, he joined the debate team and eventually went on to found the MUN club.
Now in college, Javier says he misses his weekly MUN meetings and the group that shared this interest with him. He remembers the trip to Washington to represent the school was in some ways intimidating, but mostly exciting.
Those who participated in NAIMUN LVII came back with a win, for creating the best video explaining the event’s core values. Throughout the actual debate, Javier was the representative of El Salvador and was able to enjoy six days of this.
Javier says that he is thankful for the opportunity of leading the club and that he wouldn’t change anything about such an experience. His goal was to guide those who, like him, were interested in debating and he also claims that the trip gave this a “full circle purpose”.
Currently, Javier is part of the debate club at St. Joseph’s University, a top-ranked Catholic University in Philadelphia. He says that everything he learned in school has opened many doors for him and has provided him with multiple useful skills.
If you are interested in debate and feel this could be for you, consider joining the school’s MUN club! Check them out at https://sites.google.com/csa.edu.ni/csaclubs/home.
Javier with his MUN team and their mentor, Ms. Tanisha, in Washington, D.C. this year.
Photo: CSA Facebook page