BEYOND the BOOKS
A Nutmeg State ‘Model UN On Steroids’
By Tim Carter ’18
for town party positions. After
Y WEEK at Boys State — which one
all wondering what we had gotten ourselves into.
might call a Model UN on steroids,
With each day came more responsibility as we
with local government as the focus
were elected into municipal, party, or state posi-
— threw me right into the fray of
tions. The daily routine was hectic, stressful, and
sometimes seemed unorganized — at times even
When I arrived, I was assigned to the town of
completely throwing me off-guard — but as the week
Jefferson. We immediately made our first impressions on one another by giving speeches and running being blasted with information on the first afternoon, we returned to our Eastern Connecticut State University dormitories exhausted,
progressed, everyone settled into the enriching experience.
Working with my Brunswick
’Wick seniors Tim Carter and
classmate Diego Jasson ’18 in
Diego Jasson invested several
the House of Representatives,
of their summer days through
we passed a bill facilitating the
participation in the American
use of “Social Impact Bonds”
Legion Boys State — a week
to privatize social programs.
of mock legislation sessions,
As Speaker of the House, I was
elections, and committee
in charge of moderating the
dealings to give students
House debates and holding
interested in politics real-life immersion in the subject. Diego, who advanced as one of two boys to represent his home state at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C., and Tim both reflected on their experiences in Connecticut and beyond.
votes to pass the bills. Debates ranged from topics such as Connecticut teacher pensions and the legalization of marijuana, to “joke” bills that mandated cheering every time a speaker used “like” or “uh.” I learned about the true nature of legislating first-hand, as the Senate and House
traded amendments back and forth until an agreeable version could be passed. Due to Connecticut’s tumultuous political climate, with severe budget issues and education cuts looming, the debates in the House and Senate were heated and passionate. It was a jam-packed week of mock government exercises — but by the end, I continued to cultivate an interest for politics. It may seem like an intimidating or broken career path, but the Boys State program equipped me with the leadership experience and interpersonal and publicspeaking skills to pursue this turbulent and ever-relevant subject.
Tim Carter (left) and Diego Jasson represented Connecticut (and Brunswick) quite well at Boys State and Boys Nation last summer.
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OF BRUNSWICK • FALL 2017