This year, as a new venture, I decided to join the Model United Nations activity. Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the real United Nations, except with students taking part from different schools of different ages, to think and propose solutions to current world issues. This was an activity that I had been very keen to do for many years now, as I had heard about it from mutual friends. However, this was the only year I was able to actually participate.
My first conference was UWCMUN, in September 2017. This was at the UWC East campus, and was a 3 day long affair. This was an amazing first time experience for me, as the committees there were very interesting and the debate was fruitful. The people there were very welcoming, as they knew it was my first time and that I was inexperienced. It was a little bit daunting, as for the first time round, I was in Legal committee, which is a very advanced section of MUN. The delegates were very formal, very prepared, and extremely intellectual. They’d all been to at least 3 conferences, and they had first hand experience with all the things needed to know for conferences. You never really know how to participate and contribute to a conference until you go for the first time and just get head on into it, and that’s the only way to be able to learn.
All in all, it was an amazing thing that I had the opportunity to participate in, and I have participated in two more conferences since then. I have also started up an activity run by students at our school for those keen to learn, and am going to do a lot more conferences next year!