Post MUN Blues? Have you ever felt it? After days of dressing up smartly, debating, lobbying, writing draft resolutions and addressing everyone as 'Delegate of...' ' Honourable Chair' etc and calling yourself 'Delegate of' 'This Delegate', isn't it quite sad when it all ends?
Believe me, I've gone through that phase too, right after a MUN conference, I find it quite disorienting. You have to stop calling people delegates and chairs, stop saying 'Present and voting'. Though sometimes, debates seem very long- after a MUN conference ends, you find that conference was super short, that it ended so abruptly. You'll surely miss all the friends you made, the socials, the food and days of intense research and debate. You'll miss feeling a little mature, feeling like you have the power to change the world (hey, every MUNer feels like that kay!)- let me tell you, going back into the real world after a MUN conference is like staring at the bright sun- BLINDING! After being locked up in committee for a whole day, you've no idea what's happening around you except for whatever is happening around the topics you are discussing in committee.
You'll feel nostalgic staring at your placards and ID. You'll read all those little notes you got during conference, you'll stare at all the pictures you took and you'll put away your research binder with a sigh. That's how a delegate feels.
BUT...HOW DOES THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE SECRETARIAT FEEL AFTER A MUN CONFERENCE?
I don't know about other conferences but SLMUN (Sri Lanka Model UN), the Executive Committee and the Secretariat are chosen 9 months before conference. At the very first meeting, everyone is a stranger. No one would know each other, unless they were in the same school/uni or did MUN together. However as months pass, the complete strangers turn into friends and eventually turn into family. Late night calls and texts, last-minute meetings, whatsapp spams at the early hours of the morning, random meet ups to discuss about the conference, sponsor hunts, full day meetings at someone's house, chill out sessions, going around to different schools, places etc...a lot happens. All these turn out to be memories. From day 1, everyone meets up almost every week (as conference draws closer, meet ups turn out more frequent and soon you see them every day!) So for 9 months, a group of teens and young adults get together to plan out a 3 day MUN conference. Along the journey, tears and laughter, joys and sadness- a lot is shared. All formality is thrown away, you get woken up by someone from the Secretariat or the ExCo calling you. You eat like a pig in front of them, it doesn't matter. After all, during those 9 months- a lot of embarrassing moments are shared.
So for such a close knit family, the end of a MUN conference is something that is very depressing. When you help organize the conference and know how every little aspect was taken care of, how it was put together- hearing the Secretariat/Secretary-General bang the Gavel one last time to declare the session closed is...sad. You feel exhilarated that the conference went well and everyone's hard work, dedication, sleepless nights and effort paid off well. However, it also means the end of a long, tiring journey filled with amazing memories and new friends. That, is in fact, very depressing. You'll miss the outings, the meet ups, the late night calls and texts, the spams, the wake up calls, the sudden crisis situations...you'll miss a lot. You'll most certainly miss the new found family. You may even miss the delegates and banging the gavel all the time. You'll look over at old photos and smile fondly. You'll replay the memories in your head. You may tear up. You'll feel empty and depressed.
Organizing a MUN conference is no easy task, it's a culmination of the Committee's efforts. It's very hectic but it's also very painful at the end. The MUN blues as a delegate is nothing compared to the MUN blues of an organizing committee that blossomed to be one big, close knit family.
How to deal with them, I'm yet to find out. Try to keep in touch, try to meet up at times (maybe not so frequently!), get back into your life, call up people you couldn't keep in touch with due to your busy schedule, find a new hobby to do...the blues would go away (I hope!)
Just make sure the family stays intact all the time, it'd be a shame to see everyone scatter away after 9 months of being together.
Share your experiences =D