Andres Sada’s goal is to visit every country in the world, but first he decided to represent a few.
As one of the first members of Woodrow Wilson Middle School’s Model United Nations (MUN) team, Andres was able to learn more about the world without ever leaving Tampa.
“In MUN, each school represents a nation, and you have to resolve issues with other countries and learn how to make allies,” he explains.
Andres and his teammates had the chance to go to several MUN conferences at the University of South Florida and attend the annual conference in New York City. They spent hours working together on their MUN presentations — researching their countries, writing position papers and practicing opening statements. Andres says the time invested was worth it for the great experience, the knowledge earned and the friends he made.
“I love submerging myself in other cultures and learning about the world,” he adds.
Andres said the experience with MUN made him a better speaker and taught him how to come up with solutions to problems. It also taught him the importance of knowing your resources. While he had represented Germany, Venezuela and Spain at USF’s MUN, he and his team were assigned Burkina Faso when they went to New York.
“Before you attend MUN, you have to research to determine how your country would benefit from others and what you have to offer,” Andres explains. “Burkina Faso is a very poor country in Africa, but they do have multiple natural resources.”
Even in their first year as a club, Andres helped his team win awards for Best Delegation and the Secretary General Award. He hopes to continue with MUN in the future.
“I liked trying to resolve the conflicts and interests of the world,” he says.