In Which Ella Blabbers On About Model Congress and Model U.N. in a Very Strange Manner

I can feel my palms begin to sweat, my heart rate is elevated, and if I weren’t crossing my legs, I’m sure they would be shaking. But those initial nerves are one of the best parts of Model Congress and Model U.N. I’m alert, on edge, ready to stand up and quote the Bureau of Labor Statistics, point out a glaring loophole in a bill, or appeal to another county to vote for my resolution. When I’m at the podium, I feel entirely alive. I love the attention, the chance to be unabashedly passionate, and to have an, albeit pretend, say in how the world or the U.S. is run. I find myself happily spinning in an academic whirlwind. I have to think quickly and on my feet, often coming up with points as I’m speaking. My voracious reading of The New York Times becomes valuable for something other than a conversation starter. And at the end of the conference, whether or not I win a certificate or a gavel, I find myself already counting down the days until the next one.

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4 thoughts on “In Which Ella Blabbers On About Model Congress and Model U.N. in a Very Strange Manner

  1. Sounds more like the model English House of Commons.

    In the real Congress, everybody but one or two people are out of the room and there’s only a camera and a stenographer there to make you nervous.

    But glad you had a good time – it’s good to stretch yourself sometimes.

    • Actually, the Model Congress conferences I’ve attended are structured pretty similar to how the U.S. government is run. People are separated into committees that meet to debate, amend, and vote on bills written by each congressman/woman. The bills that passed are then brought to a full session, where, like in Congress, all members have a chance to speak in front of the entire body. You’re probably thinking about the occasional sparsely attended hearings committees hold to gain information about bills, and even those have more than one or two people present. Model Congress conferences are very carefully designed to emulate the legislature in the most accurate way possible.

      Besides, real Congress is certainly not set up to make anyone nervous.

      I’d go into more detail, but a full rehashing of how Congress is organized and run would be redundant, considering how easy it is to tune into one of the C-SPAN channels or use Wikipedia to see for yourself.

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