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In the year 2010, as a high school student, I came across the world of MUN and with great mentorship, I picked up the best delegate award at an University level MUN conference. This particular experience left me with one very important lesson; Preparedness is the most important facilitator for any MUN delegate.
To a sufficient level, expressing myself wasn't a problem, nonetheless, being in charge of moderating the ways through which other chose to express themselves was a challenge I hadn't encountered yet. Not too long after my first MUN experience, I was confronted with this challenge when I was invited to Chair the Security Council at BISMUN 2013. Eventually I got the hang of it and I understood that Patience, a calm head and meticulous attention are only some of the biggest requirements for Chairing a committee or council, especially one intense as the Security council. Amongst others are Flexibility coupled with a descent magnitude of open mindedness.
Then came the big year, where I came across an even more challenging experience. One that questioned my level of organisation both as an individual and as a leader. The idea of being responsible for the entire academic functionality of the conference was one that more than marvelled me. It took me and my team weeks to review applications for Chair positions not the mention how intensely difficult the selection process was.
By the time the conference was on-going, more than half of the work I needed to do to guarantee a successful conference was done. I viewed with pleasure how each topic evolved in the different councils and committees and how useful the new initiatives (such as the use of gavels in each council) I proposed facilitated or hindered the work of the committee. It was the newest and most refreshing perspective that I'd ever had as a MUNer.
In no time we were reviewing resolutions and debating their quality, commending committees while also challenging others.
At the end, I found myself in a battle to describe the entire experience in a closing speech, in such a way that I'd leave every other person inspired to pursue the motives that brought them to the conference in the first place. That as well was my responsibility as SG and it humbled me to know that I was in the place to inspire others just like myself.
Obviously the entire process was exhausting and I shed some tears, actually a lot of tears. However on a brighter note, I had bonded so involuntarily with my DSG and the organising team. The success of the conference requested our Unity, not just as a team, but as individuals.
Six years after my first conference, I'm going to India to Co-Chair one of the DISEC committees of the biggest Model United Nations Conference in the world; TGIMUNC. I can't help but invite you all to join this potentially incredible experience. | THE GLOBAL INDIAN MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE
I am earnestly looking forward to it! :)