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The argument of course for the latter group is you might cherish the experience and reflections after everything has happened. This may not always be the case, and deciding to be in the present while it happens could well be the way to go.
Here are a few tips that would help you enjoy the entire process and make the best of the time spent at your MUN.
As simple as it sounds this is an essential component of enjoying any MUN event.
Know how you act around new people, know how you respond to attacks in debates, how you handle awkward situations. Yep. Know the extent of your capabilities and weaknesses (eg. your capacity to give a speech,etc) to act as benchmark for you and help you remain grounded because quite honestly, MUNs can be pretty exciting and you don't want to leave the event being the person who did "the Thing".
.....And yes, it can get pretty wild really quickly. Take Ron's word for it.
Also, know what your budget is at all times. That is always a must.
Ultimately, MUNs are great places to learn new things and communicate your ideas to others in a comprehensive manner. However, if you attend an MUN event with the sole purpose of debating and coming out with a final resolution, you would be doing yourself a great disservice. Of course, don't get me wrong, these are very important but there is more to MUNs, trust me.
MUNs bring new people with all sorts of personalities your way and an opportunity to interact with other like minded youth. It would be in its place to loosen up a bit if you are naturally reserved and create some wonderful memories of the event. If you are a fun loving individual however, go right ahead and have a good time. My only word of advice would be to apply a bit of caution so that you come out unscathed.
So you find yourself in the middle of a debate session and the delegate from the United States says "As a result, I believe sanctions must be carried out against....... (your country)"
What do you say? How do you react? (If you're just joining us, you may refer to point 1. Know thyself)
Know your material. This can never be overstated. Know the country you are representing. You are delegate assigned by your nation to represent their best interests. It is your responsibility to ensure that this is met to the latter.
Prior to attending the MUN event, read all you can about your assigned country, read on the the topics that are to be open for discussion and how those affect your country. It would be okay to create google alerts if you do not have enough time to prepare, just so you get a gist of whatever the most pressing issues are.
This way, you would be able to reply by saying, " Honorable chair, the delegate for ....... believes the delegate from the United States is ill informed about the position of ....... on the matter, and I would like to correct him with the facts ....."
There you go, we're three points through.
4. Take lots of pictures
Some MUNs have a no cameras allowed policy during sessions. You want to be aware of this and keep that in mind so you don't disobey the instructions. However, when you're not in session, feel free to take some memorable photographs. Here are a few ideas of who you could take shots with:
a. Some of your new friends
b. Your committee chairpersons
c. Your "rival" nations
d. Best delegates
Also remember to take some photographs with a background of the United Nations flag. Here's an image in case you're unaware what it looks like.
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