In late January 2015 i joined MUNPlanet team and that was my first contact with the worlds of MUN and MEU. I had a task of finding as many conferences around to world as I could to add them to MUNPlanet calendars. Knowing nothing about the concept, I had difficulties at the beginning with how everything worked. Step by step, over time, I got it. However, you cannot learn much about them without actually attending one and this is where my tale starts.
In September, an opportunity window opened for me. It wasBelgrade Model European Union, the largest MEU conference in the world. Was I hesitating to apply? AbsoIutely! Did I need a pat on the back from my colleagues? Of course I did! I did it in the end! After all, this was a great opportunity to sharpen up the international politics knowledge, meet new people and finally conquer one of my most paralyzing fears, the fear of speaking in public.
I cannot say that I was too thrilled when I got an email from BEUM saying “Congratulations! You have been admitted to the Committee.“ This was it! No going back! And then the excitement came. I will represent Slovakia in the Council of the EU. The joys of writing a position paper are about to start!
I do not consider myself to be a good writer. Having realized this all over again, the panic started kicking in. I knew I would need some help from my friends and coworkers. The help they offered ranged from Shia LaBeouf’s “ Just Do it” to, and I quote this, “Little panicking never hurt anyone.“ Luckily for me, after some teasing with tons of gifs and videos, their hearts softened and they help me. With guidance, a pile of facts transformed into a position paper and just in time! The deadline was met and my panic vanished.
Everything was covered: from quoting Gandalf’s ‘You shall not pass,’ to threatening the EU commissioner that he’ll be taken to the International Court of Justice. Debates were rich, fun, and unlike anything I’ve experienced before! It truly was a fun experience and a splendid conference. I just hope that i will get another chance to meet up with that group of people. And who knows, there just might be another opportunity in the future.