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As the bus slowed down on the wide avenue, I took a glimpse outside the window. “Wow, that is a huge building”, I was thinking when my host tipped on my shoulder. Time to get off.
The building turned out to be the Palace of Serbia, where the opening ceremony of the 2015 edition of Belgrade Model United Nations (BIMUN) was to take place. We walked across a giant, empty square facing a mass of concrete and glass that could have fit the entire population of the suburb where I grew up. This would usually have been the moment for some doubts to pop up in my mind: I was 18 years old, not even enrolled at a university yet, and while I was speaking English on a regular basis in my daily life, I had elected to take French for the last two years of high school, leaving my last proper English lesson some three years behind. And I was on my way to become a physics student, while most people around seemed to be involved in either law or politics studies.
But somehow, these doubts did not find their way into my mind. Or at least, they were suppressed by great excitement. I was attending my very first MUN conference, and I was just really looking forward to everything: Meeting inspiring people from across the planet, discussing one of the (in my opinion) most interesting topics that there is in current politics, sharpening debating skills, and – last but not least – getting to know a new city and hopefully shape new friendships.
The debates themselves went great as well, and it was a very formative to learn from experienced MUNers, but I was also able to share my own knowledge and standpoints. I also learned that, no matter which country you're representing, you can always have an impact on debates and the final results.
So, don't let yourself hold back by doubts over age, language, or qualification. Positive attitude is the most important thing, then you will certainly have fun and everything else will work out well.
There's a great chance coming up to do just that – The Global Indian Model United Nations Conference (TGIMUNC), taking place in late June 2016, is set to become the biggest Model UN ever. So whether it will be your first, second, or tenth MUN – it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. See you there! Apply | THE GLOBAL INDIAN MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE