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I approached the conference hesitantly, but with a strong desire to succeed and leave a lasting impression on the American MUN scene. This conference, my first and only ad hoc committee, presented a bevy of challenging crises and fierce debate. I knew the competition would be difficult, but as a grizzled veteran of the MUN world, I was ready for anything.
One of my favorite aspects of a crisis committee is the ability to use creative (sometimes unusual or outlandish) ideas to shape the debate in your character's favor and advance your status in the committee. Thankfully, this ad hoc (a simulation of the Gotham City Council) called for extensive (and many times outlandish) creativity. I don't think I've ever written so much so fast in my life. I poured my heart and soul into that crisis pad, reaching far back in my mind for ideas and solutions.
What made this conference so enjoyable was the passion it invoked and the reflection on a MUN career that would soon be ending. I saw many familiar and friendly faces from around the circuit and was offered a chance to say goodbye to an activity that so positively impacted my life. I remember sitting at that closing ceremony, thinking this is it... it's almost over, and feeling a flood of emotions rush through my mind. One by one the USG announced awards for every committee until they finally reached the fabled ad hoc. I was perfectly happy with not winning anything, as I felt I gave it my best shot, but as the USG read out the names, I held onto a sliver of cautious optimism, hoping all my hard work would pay off. Winning the "Outstanding Delegate" award in one of the toughest committees on the North American circuit is one of my proudest MUN accomplishments. That victory stroll up to to podium exuded an aura of pure elation and exuberance. I returned and sat next to my team with tears flowing down my face, basking in the afterglow of my final MUN rodeo. ChoMUN 2015 - my final, my favorite. A memory I will cherish forever.
Life, however, works in mysterious ways and I find myself blessed with the opportunity of going to India in June for The Global Indian Model UN Conference (TGIMUNC) as a recording secretary for the United Nations Environmental Agency committee. I would absolutely encourage anyone reading this to apply and hopefully change your life for the better. tgimunc.com/apply/