Imagine a full house of 192 commencing delegates (several years
ago the grass was greener and the GA hall hosted 192 delegates only) that
finally calm down after a roll call and start presenting their position papers.
The delegate of Germany approaches the tribune in complete silence as everyone
is impatient about her stance. 192 pairs of eyes stare at the delegate the very
moment when she takes the microphone and it falls on the floor with the most
terrible sound ever.
This is the first and, probably, the most hilarious chapter in my personal MUN history book. From that fail of the microphone onward, I did my best so that neither the country I represented nor the Secretariats I belonged to experienced any failures.
To be honest, this was a challenging but extremely exciting goal and I had a pleasure of trying different roles in various secretariats - from the copywriter to Secretary General, in numerous geographical points - from Seoul to Moscow. Indeed, the positions in MUN Secretariat allow you to try on the most unexpected roles regardless of your official position: you might find yourself a lobbyist of the fundraising department baking pastries on the eve of a holiday for the whole Secretariat.
Trying on different roles and activities took me 4 years of endless MUNing and brought me to around 20 national and international conferences. What is more, even now, when I am no longer a delegate or a member of a certain Secretariat, I still don’t hurry to draw the line under my MUN experiences. Believe it or not, currently my internship in California, Silicon Valley is directly connected to MUNs, international relations and debating. Furthermore, I am pretty sure that after the internship my MUNing, in this or that sense, will not be over. It never is. To me - as to many other passionate members of this very special community - this is more than just a hobby or an after-school activity. It’s a lifestyle that opens you a broader perspective on an incredible number of things.
In this regard let me recollect in memory one short story. Two janitors that worked at the spaceport were asked one and the same question: “What are you doing here?”. The first one replied: “Well, as you can see, I am wiping the dust, washing the floor, throw away the rubbish”, while the second said proudly: “Oh, that’s amazing! We are launching space shuttles here!”.
That’s what MUN is to me - a platform that launches space shuttles!
Regardless of where and how you begin, seeing the overall picture of global politics and international actions will inevitably make your horizons grow wider, and may I add, with the speed of light.
Author: Kristina Kashfullina
Photo: Project Ricochet