If you are a serial MUNer, you certainly feel that every MUN accreditation that you earned along your development road symbolizes something you learned or experienced. If you attended MUN only once, you associate that event with particular context in your career.
Maybe you went for the first time to Maastricht to do the European Model of the United Nations. Maybe you were chosen for a Chairperson or Team Member out of the pool of the most successful candidates in Budapest or Cairo.
Maybe you went abroad for an internship in some UN agency once MUN project in your city finished. Maybe you started organizing an MUN in Paris or London where you pursued your Master’s degree.
Your MUN accreditations are beyond items that should be photographed and shared on Facebook or Instagram. They contain much more inside them: the kaleidoscope of colours, diverse scents, fingertips from around the world, the rhythms you enjoyed at MUN parties back then. Your MUN accreditations are a reminder of a long road you took and the decisions you made before and after your first MUN. Or your fifth MUN.
Those precious items, your accreditations are certainly held in some special box you have (we all do) along with letters and mementos of former girlfriends and boyfriends, plane tickets, colorful retro stickers, maps of the cities you visited. Or they hang them on the walls somewhere in your room and you can see them every day, while you notice that in 2010 fringes really suited you well, or that you really defined your business dress code for that MUN in Vancouver.
Your MUN accreditations are the beginning of your personal journal which whisper, “Go on with exploring the world and developing yourself. Build continually international partnerships and your professional expertise. You are exactly on the right track.”
Where were you three years ago? When did you exactly realize that you want to work in cultural diplomacy? In which city did you present the national heritage as you lead your country’s delegation? Why do you visit that mountain resort year after year which you encountered for the first time during the MUN?
It is all written on your MUN accreditations.
So, wipe dust from your accreditations regularly, build your reputation with solid research and professional rigor. Nurture your international friendships, be an outstanding host in the place you currently dwell and teach younger generations, the upcoming MUNers, how to do the same.
In the end, it is why we choose to come together and be part of MUNs around the globe. In the end, it is the small steps we take every day that make the world around us a better place.So, my question to you today is where do you put your MUN accreditations?
Cover Image: Nikolakos Papadopoulos