Post available to Premium Members only. Please upgrade your account in order to apply.
1. When you get back you keep talking about it to your friends. First day is fine. Then, by the third week you have been pestering your friends about MUN, they will yell at you telling you they are bored of hearing you talk about how wonderful MUN this. Sounds familiar right?
2. You treasure your placards like your old camp pics. Your placards contain messages from your co-delegates. Some of them are very vague i.e. "Hey it was great having you in my committee *PRC* (you could've had the decency to learn my name) hope I will see you again at another MUN!" (grrrr) and some really heartfelt comments. Whichever kind of comments you have, you will keep reading them even months after the MUN is over (or even read all your old ones when you're MUNsick)
3. You are already looking for the next conference. You have quite a nice bunch of people and you keep in touch (Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Skype and E-Mails do the deal)
4. You put a MUN related picture as a profile pic or as a committee picture.
5. The next time you sign up for an MUN and you get a country assigned, you start pulling up the act specially if you are one of the "bad guys".
6. You contribute to MUNPlanet writing about your experiences
7. 1. You apply to become part of the Secretariat (Several times)
7.2. You have finally made it to be part of the Secretariat!
8. You know how to dress up for a Job Interview (Thanks MUNs for teaching me how to dress smart)
9. You got a funny award or a serious award (i.e. Most Likely to Become a Dictator or Best Delegate)
10.1. Airlines send you lots of ads for travelling next time (at least if you fly and with the same airline)
10.2. You learn how to get a bargain out of booking your flights/trains/buses and get creative with travel routes in an attempt to save money.
11. People around you wonder or are not very sure what MUNs are all about even after you have been to over 5 conferences.
Unfortunately, the only cure there is for this MUN Virus is basically time and money. That's what growing has, get new commitments, study, work (and some even family). I plan to continue MUNing until time and work constraints stop me from doing such. Until the time comes, I plan to keep enjoying my time MUNing. Next week I'll join the biggest conference I have been since 2009, Harvard WORLDMUN in Rome and next June I will have my first experience as part of the Secretariat at the first edition of TGIMUNC.
Consider applying for TGIMUNC for an epic experience. Applications are now open at tgimunc.com/apply