1. The placard addicts
Impossible to miss! You know those people who never give you a second to talk back? Or talk at all? When you think they've made their point, you realise they've just begun, and it's not finishing any time soon. Most Model UN delegates tend to be overachievers, but these guys give new meaning to this word. Waving their placards in the air as though they were flags, you can often find them annoying. On the other hand they do keep the debate alive, and you can be sure of getting some good tips from them as well as learning how to fight to make your own point in a feisty crowd.
2. The frat guys
They're not in the Greek system, but are treating MUN as a college fraternity. Their motto is: Dude, take it easy! They usually come into sessions with a hangover, and take off their sunglasses with the greatest remorse. They do participate, when they're awake. But sadly this isn't often. You can count on them being the first in line at the bar. Best advice is: treat with caution! Although they may be loads of fun to hang out in the evening, if you're not a frat guy keeping up with the frat rhythm can be dangerous.
Image: Philip Larson
3. The hefty lefties
If you were wondering who were those people who pack their own organic lunch, carry PETA pamphlets and are always in Human Rights committee fighting for the poor people of the Middle East – well this would be the lefties. Looking hipsterish even in formal wear, mostly due to the black framed glasses, they can go on for hours criticizing the worlds economy and in the end blame it all on a Twix chocolate having too much sugar. Ever been interested in volunteering in Africa? Talk to this crew.
4. The Henry Houdinis
Now you see them, now you don’t. The people wrapped around a veil of mystery. Never know where they appeared from, can't tie them to a country, rarely ever hear from them at the sessions, but you know that they're there! Whenever you're discussing a group photo with your co-delegate, they will always be the ones no one remembers their name.
5. The MUNerds
The true serial MUNers – the MUN nerds! They can alphabetically count down all the MUNs they've ever attended, and tend to lead exhausting discussions which one was better, which Chair was where and who was there. To them Model UN is what Star Wars conventions are to MIT students. Definitely the crew to ask if ever of need for MUN trivia.
6. The alumni
The grandpas and grandmas of MUNs. They're not MUNers anymore, but are happy just to be involved, even if it means they just observe. Will always start their stories with: "When I was at my first Model UN..." and keep talking for 15mins straight with nostalgia in their eyes. The story would always end with them convincing you that you're at the right place. Because there is nothing better for you as a MUN, and grandma knows best!
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