It’s been exactly five years since I applied for my first MUN.
I loved the opportunity to meet outstanding foreigners, to learn about their cultures and to introduce mine, as well as to improve my negotiation and debating skills in the international context where we are activists and well-informed about the world that surrounds us.
Five years after, I do the job which seems to be my life purpose. MUN was big part of my growing up and finding a professional road to take in these shaky times. I am a lecturer at the Faculty, a mentor to my driven, yet realistic students; and a content creator for global audience at this knowledge platform. As it happens with all of us, my day has more than 24 hours and wider focus than on these three aforementioned projects. What matters is that I came to peace with myself; to feel accomplished, yet evolve; to cherish my eating, dancing, and writing habits; to express the abundance of gratitude and minimum envy. Every day Steve Jobs’ quote from his Stanfod Commencement address reminds me of my choices and I hope the same happens to you, ‘‘You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.’’
Everytime I write I pay meticulous attention to details as if the mouse cursor or the tip of my pen is a sharp knife which cuts anxiety, grumpiness and insecurities out of our lives. In January 2009 I did the same, I wrote the position paper for the UNESCO topic and the country assigned while I checked every sentence several times. The punctuation, the grammar, the flow, the emotions in my words, the metaphors and other tropes, the targeting of the reader’s interest. Many hours of research were involved so that my claims in the paper are accurately quoted and well-supported. At the UNESCO session I was among the best delegates and truly honoured when my chairs congratulated me and invited me to become involved in the project next year, now in the organising team.
It’s 2014 and the applications for the same MUN I attended back then got closed these days. Some other students are tremendously active and get ready to debate, learn, meet each other, and understand each other. My satisfaction stems from the fact that us alumni can provide them with valuable advice and this is definitely one of the goals of this platform.And today one of the things that brought smile on my face was the fact that several of my students were applying for the conference and they came around to my office for several tips how to make their MUN experience unforgettable. Maybe I got older a bit, though still in my mid-twenties? Actually, it is the growth we accomplish and life in ourselves, not in our years. MUN thread goes on and on, and knowledge is to be shared and enjoyed. Freely and enthusiastically. Just like on this platform.
Dedicated to BIMUN Team and hospitable Belgrade that connects us continually.