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Model United Nations is much more than conference, it's ultimate opportunity to improve your skills and experience something that you've never experienced before. Even the most skeptic ones easily get addicted. What is the reason why this experience is so appealing for students all around the globe?Experienced MUNers can provide you with so many arguments for attending MUN conferences and we will list just some of them.
Many students don't have a lot of practical opportunities during their formal education. Exams are usually based on the theoretical knowledge and don't allow as to develop communication skills much needed in any profession that we are seeking to achieve after our graduation. And MUNs are total opposite, you have to be involved and participate actively. And yes, it can be intimidated at the beginning . But you'll have so much fun once you jump into debate, much more than be a bystander. Don't be afraid of making a mistake because it can stop you for doing or saying as much as you know. We were all very nervous at first but as soon as conference started all that weird feeling vanished. In the essence, what is the worst thing that could happen? Even if you forget what to say, just yield the floor to your co-delegate or chair and try again after some time. And soon, raising the placard will become your favorite thing to do!
2. Contribution system
The UN works on a principle of everyone's contribution. No matter how small nation is, every person on conference would have his chance to participate. No one is irrelevant so your opinion is wanted to be heard. That can help you transform your theoretical knowledge into active one, show you that you have a lot more to contribute than you've previously thought and can give you a feeling of purpose that we often don't have while studying.
3. Make friends
A lot of our nervousness comes from being in unfamiliar place with people you do not know. As the time passes and you start making friends, it will become much easier for you to actively participate in the discussions. The good part is that people at MUNs are so friendly! They understand and support beginners, and can provide you with the best advises because they were in the same shoes not that long ago. So feel free to say hi to everyone from your committee. Talk to your chair and ask them for help if needed. The ultimate purpose of this events besides learning is FUN so don't forget to have a great time.
There is so much to be learned from attending MUN conferences. I've learned to try even if I fail, to get out my comfort zone and to get over my fears and anxieties. But most important of it all, friends I've met this way will be in my life forever. I sincerely hope that every new MUNer will experience that too!
And if you're up for it, here a great guide for the first-time delegates!