No two Model United Nations conferences are the same. No matter how many we attend, how many years we spend representing Germany or China or Russia, each and every conference is unique. One part of this discrepancy is due to the different combination of delegates you meet in committee. People from all corners of the earth come to debate, and there is no telling who will be in your GA or crisis. But another part, an even larger part in my opinion, is due to the staff you encounter.
Harvard Model UN takes place in the heart of Boston. The delegates come from all parts of the world, and the chairs are some of the best in the U.S. From the moment our delegation checked in, to the very last committee session on Sunday, it was clear that each and every staff member was fully dedicated to Harvard MUN. No staffer was too busy to answer the question of an over-eager freshman. No chair was too preoccupied to give thorough and thoughtful feedback to delegates.
One of the most important parts of my experience at HMUN 2014 was the feedback I received from the three members of the dais. They had all been taking careful notes throughout the four days, and when I approached the three for feedback it felt as though they knew I would be coming to ask. They gave me fantastic advice on speaking and on coalition building, but the most important thing they told me that day was what they believed it meant to be a true leader.
“It’s not the person who speaks the loudest or the most- it's the person who makes every other delegate feel that their voice is important. It is the person who does not lead through force, but who leads because they have the mandate to do so.”
The chairs at Harvard will serve as my model as I serve on the dais of Legal at TGIMUNC. I can only hope that I can make the same impression on my delegates as the intelligent and thoughtful chairs of Harvard did on me. I hope you will join me in New Delhi in June for TGIMUNC, the largest MUN conference in the world; an experience that will truly bring together people from all corners of the earth.