MOAS Student Reflections

"Every year during the middle of November, in a grand and stunning white marble building overlooking the Washington Monument, the Model Organization of American States convenes.  This three-day conference is an opportunity for Holy Child students like me to step out of their comfort zone and collaborate with people from different backgrounds who come from countries such as El Salvador, Belize, Colombia, and Peru.  Dressed in business attire, we come together to discuss, and maybe even solve, serious issues regarding telecommunications, democracy, and sustainable development that affect the greater world beyond the comfort of Bradley Boulevard.

At first, I was scared and intimidated. It seemed that the other 400 people – or “delegates” -- in the room were smart and articulate and well-prepared. Would I be able to keep up with this confident crowd? As part of the Holy Child delegation representing Honduras, I was assigned to the Special Committee and found myself in a group with more girls than boys. As we dove into our topic about the economic benefits of implementing small, medium, and micro enterprises, I began to relax. My group of fellow delegates from Belize, Delaware, Texas, and a student from Georgetown Prep, settled comfortably into our work formulating our resolution.  During this process, I was struck by the impact that some of our ideas could have in another country.

By the time the third day of the conference arrived, I felt ruthless and enthusiastically debated delegates from other countries to defend my resolution. I also realized that I had created some long-lasting friendships that are irreplaceable and one of a kind. In addition, while I have been comfortable as a leader in some settings, MOAS helped me to discover that I can be a leader in a diplomatic setting as well.  This feeling was shared among many of the other delegates.  My friend Paula from El Salvador told me how she never had an opportunity to show her leadership and her passion for helping the American states until she attended MOAS. Paula was a well-respected MOAS senior leader and she reminded me that “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”  I can’t wait to get down to work with these fellow leaders at next year’s MOAS conference."

Written by Abigail M. '21

"Model Organization of the American States is an amazing experience. It allows me to engage with students from all around the Americas and develop a deeper understanding of current world issues. This year, representing Saint Lucia, I discussed with my committee how to improve economic development across the Americas. Debating this topic with other delegations of other countries opened my eyes to other countries’ economic issues. It made me realize that although United States may be well off, there are so many other countries that are struggling to maintain their economies and be stable financially. MOAS has helped me grow not only academically as a student, but also empathetically as a human being, to look at others with compassion."

Written by Jayda F. '20