A heightened learning experience
Drake student participates in Model Arab League thanks to scholarship
Standing in Tahrir Square in Cairo a year and a half after the Egyptian revolution was a powerful moment for Drake senior Emma Wilson. Coupled with conversations she had with Egyptian students during the Model Arab League competition, Wilson gained greater insight into the country's political and social turmoil.
"It was amazing to see that kind of history firsthand," says Wilson. "I was able to talk to Egyptian students about their experiences during the revolution and to learn where they want their country to go in the future."
Every year a group of Drake students attends Model Arab League and participates in a simulation that mimics the Arab League's procedures. Wilson was drawn to the competition because she hopes to work as a journalist in the Middle East.
"An experience like Model Arab League brings the study of international relations to a whole new level because you are able to discuss foreign policy with students from other countries," says Wilson. "I learned a lot about diplomacy and the parliamentary process."
The R.W. and Mary Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs, one of the academic centers created during distinctlyDrake, sponsored Wilson's participation in the program. The institute also sponsors students who participate in Model European Union and Model United Nations.
"Model Arab League was an amazing opportunity that was provided to me by Drake, and I wouldn't have been able to have that experience without financial assistance," says Wilson. "The assistance showed me how much Drake supports students and how interested Drake is in fulfilling its mission to help students become responsible global citizens."
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