The rainy weather did not stop forty-eight Honors students from enjoying their trip to the United Nations this past Friday, November 13th. Once the students arrived and went through security, they received their headsets and began their tour.
Students were taken through the building and learned about the history of the U.N. as well as the current ongoing processes. Founded in 1945, the United Nations has 192 member states and 16 peace operations today. Students were shown the General Assembly room where representatives from all countries in the U.N. meet to discuss global issues. Not only did students get to see the grandeur of the meeting room, they viewed the beautiful gifts the United Nations has received from other countries, and the educational exhibits about the history and current projects the U.N. is undertaking.
For the past seven years, this trip has been co-sponsored by the Pforzheimer Honors College and Golden Key International Honor Society. This trip, like those in the past, was very successful – not only for students, but also for the staff members who attended. “I hope the students will gain a better understating of the world they live in through its history and current affairs,” said Professor Walther. That goal was definitely accomplished as almost all the students expressed their enjoyment for the tour. “I was surprised by everything that we saw, the exhibits were extremely shocking and eye-opening for me,” says first-year student Kristen McDonald. The trip was a huge success and a refreshing break from the normal weekly routine of the students.