With 7 inches of snow on the ground, icy roads, and two keynote speakers cancelled, the day of the Augustana Model United Nations (AUGMUN) arrived. This was the second year my university hosted an MUN, which only meant a bigger conference and more stress. Moreover, being the Secretary-General, I wanted everything to be perfect: interesting topics, vigorous arguments, tasty snacks, and impeccable decorations. Yet, I learned that not everything goes according to plan.
First and foremost, having a blizzard just one day before a conference is of no help. Unfortunately, our keynote speaker was out of town and with all the icy roads, she could not come back for the conference. Oh, and she was our replacement after our first keynote speaker cancelled her appearance due to personal issues. Additionally, for the first time in AUGMUN, we invited students from colleges outside our city; so imagine our concern for delegates driving on icy roads! Or worst, that they would cancel their participation completely. Lastly, I, and international student from Ecuador, was driving around like a maniac picking up decorations, food, and some staff. (Spoiler alert: us, Latinos, get really nervous about driving on icy and snowy roads).
However, thanks to my team, the Augustana Government Club (shout out to Cheyenne and Larissa!), we organized a remarkable conference. All delegate showed up safe and sound, we found a last minute keynote speaker, one of my favorite professors, and the conference went smoothly. AUGMUM II was packed with noteworthy arguments, viable resolutions, good times, and in all honesty, it was the best conference I have ever organized.
I learned that no matter what life throws at you, one must be flexible and creative enough to solve it. Do not be let down by obstacles. Equally, one must always stay focused on the ultimate goal and work towards accomplish it. As someone told me, “if life gives you lemons, keep them, because, hey, free lemons!”.
The same goes to being part of a Model United Nations. It seems scary and a lot of work at first, but I highly recommend everyone to have at least one MUN experience. MUNs do not only improve your research and communication skills, but MUNs give you an opportunity to engage with different types of people and become an informed citizen of the world.
You can start by joining me at The Global Indian Model United Conference in New Delhi, India from the 25th to the 28th of June 2016! The world’s largest Model United Nations conference that you will never forget! Apply here: tgimunc.com/apply/