over the world taught Bruce many lessons, including the “need to change to fit into your environment and not feel like it’s in conflict with your identity.” Bruce also learned “it’s not about where you are, who you’re with, or what you do, it’s about how you do it in every regard.”
Bruce first joined Model UN because he wanted to follow in his mother’s footsteps. He became really involved in MUN at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and he was particularly interested in the training and the development of the club as a whole. Bruce decided to run for president and after he was not elected, the president told him about United Nations Association of Minnesota. Bruce found out he actually wanted to be a MUN trainer. He says his favorite part of being a trainer is seeing some of the innovative resolutions the kids come up with. One of his students came up with an actual equation for distributing refugees using different countries’ capita and resources to see how many refugees they could house. Overall, he enjoys the “out of the box” thinking the students use.
Bruce believes MUN is important because it teaches interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and persuasion. MUN is “the only thing that exists and only extracurricular that is available that ordinary people can set the rules in all capacities which gives the students the freedom to decide how society is going to exist.” He likes that it could be a simulation of anything or any problem that exists in the world. Bruce likes that no matter who you are, you have a voice and can make a difference. Bruce hopes to start his own business, maybe consulting work, retire and be happy, make money, travel the world, and raise kids. MUN furthers these goals by “putting me in contact with people, exposing me with different ways of thinking, as well as teaching me how to interact, and how to solve any problem with anyone.”