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From October 30th - November 3rd my team, the MUN@UCR team, traveled to Washington D.C. for the NMUN conference (one we regularly attend each year). Together, we got to see the monuments at night- truly a great experience we recommend- as well as were received by the Embassy of Luxembourg in D.C. (the picture below is 11 of our 12 members at the Embassy along with Mr. Olivier Baldauff, the Deputy Chief of Mission). Mr. Baldauff and his staff at the embassy were incredibly accommodating and hospitable; we greatly enjoyed the visit and appreciated their efforts to aid our understanding of Luxembourg, the country we were assigned for the conference.
The conference began the night of Halloween for us here in the United States, and it was quite the experience for our new and returning members alike! They got started right away in discussing the agenda and selecting a topic in their respective committees. By the end of the night groups were formed and many had begun formulating ideas and solutions. The diligent pace begun that night was carried into the next few days as our delegates continued to work actively in their committees by giving speeches (for some it was their first in rooms of 100+ people), authoring great clauses, and leading discussion of working groups. It was an amazing thing to see them in action, having prepared them myself I was very curious to see how they did in conference (this was my first time as an Adviser at a major conference). Although my team's preparation was short, some had joined our organization barely 2 weeks before, and their research still needed improvement, they came to the conference with a great attitude and spirit and did exceedingly well.
We were awarded Outstanding Delegation (awarded to the top 10% of schools for excellence in committee) as well as an Outstanding Position Paper Award for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) committee (a paper I had a hand in writing)!
The conference went well to say the least and was an incredible experience for our new members but surely not their last; they are all excited for future conferences and the "big-tamale" one we attend in Spring: the National Model United Nations- New York Conference! Having seen them in action, I know for sure they will do well in that conference, all that's left is to get started all over again on research!
Here's to a successful winter of preparation!:-)