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09/07/2020 at 01:21AM

Debate Club or Model UN?

I'm in 11th grade, I did Model UN for 6 years, from 3rd grade to 8th grade. But I don't know which one to choose. Because Debate Club has more benefits like traveling to Ivy Leagues but it's way more expensive but I don't know if it's worth it because no one will be traveling this year and maybe neither the next year. And for me debate is complicated because I sometimes don't like to prove my point because I always think I'm right and also I Stutter sometimes when I talk and when I used to do a lot of Model UN I stutter but I loved it but I don't know because I need a lot of credit for college and I think debate gives me more but since we're in quarantine it the same.

I need opinion if in my case is best MODEL UN OR DEBATE? AND ALSO FOR COLLEGES?

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3 answers

09/07/2020 at 02:20AM[edited]

I would only use an extracurricular on a college application that I did during the 9th-12th grades, not elementary or middle school. The exception to this is if you started something in 3rd grade and have done it consistently until the present 11th grade. So you did do Model US in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade as a continuation of 3rd through 8th grade, that would be a current extracurricular.

Since you do not explain the period of time you did Debate Club, it hard to weigh in on picking one. If you participated in Debate Club as a 9th or 10th grader or will do this as an 11th grader, then I would select Debate Club over Model UN.

The only time I've seen colleges ask about ECs during elementary or middle school is they want the full history of your current ECs.

Good luck.

@crsgo042209/07/2020 at 02:44PM

this is literally perfect. also joining debate team so late into high school just so you an travel to high-level colleges will look suspicious/fake to colleges, like you joined for no GENUINE reason other than it sounds cool/will impress AOs. i’m also a mun nerd so i can relate but i really think you should stick w /mun since you’ve done it for so long and since it’s something you seem to enjoy a lot! i agree you can’t put down clubs you did in middle school unless you also continue them in HS

@DebaterMAX09/07/2020 at 04:39PM

This holds true unless the MUN is not running. Also as a debator myself tournement at college campuses are such a scam. While prestigious they are the worst run tournaments and unless you live in the Boston area you will not be invited to go to Harvard’s tournement as a first year debator except in very very odd circumstances. Also if you’d like to debate go for it but don’t have it replace MUN and I’d recommend to not list it on your college application. Hope this helps.

@crsgo042209/07/2020 at 04:45PM

ooh good insight but yes i second Max’s comments

@DebaterMAX09/07/2020 at 04:47PM

Also I forgot to add when comparing MUN to debate there is no difference the only difference are your achievements in both.

09/07/2020 at 09:45PM

Do what you think is fun!! Both are impressive for colleges, but what they really want to see is that you truly love what you do.

09/07/2020 at 02:35AM

At least with my debate team, most of the Ivy League and Circuit competitions will be much cheaper due to the COVID making everything virtual. Plus, most colleges don't care about activities completed outside of 9th-12th grade (I ran into problems with this when I was doing my Eagle Scout project). If you liked Model UN, I'd stick with it, but don't be afraid to try debate this year! The virtual environment is super fun and will provide a low-cost environment for you to experiment with the activity.