For those of you who might be offended with the title, please do not jump to conclusions, I in no way mean to offend you and I duly respect your opinions. (Well, guess that disclaimer was needed, hehe..). OK, anyways, as I might have mentioned in my previous articles, I have just 2 years of MUN experience, which is not that much, but I am surely loving it in this MUN world. So, in my first year, I was in the General Assembly, as the delegate of Luxembourg, and as I was a new bee, I didn't quite know much as to what MUN actually was, so I kind of decided to just read my opening speech, and sit silently and observe as to what was going on, which obviously didn't quite go according to the plan, as you invariably tend to start speaking in due course.
In my second year, I chose to be in ECOSOC, a fairly smaller council, and this time I was the delegate of Bolivia, I was expecting to be a lot more active than last year, given the fact that it was a much smaller council, but things didn't turn out to be the way they were supposed to be.
So, talking further into both my experiences,
GA is a big council, as you all know, so it did give me the chills initially, as it was my first year, I was just sorted into GA, I didn't choose my council. It was such a huge hall, lot of delegates, from different parts of the MENA region, running here and there, and to top it all, I was the youngest there, so yeah, I was nervous, initially. Then obviously, people approach you, and you also start talking and mingling with them. It actually turned out to be real fun, as you do resolutions in big huge groups, and people actually listen to each and everyone's opinions, even though you have time constraints. Since it was my first year, I didn't go and present any resolutions, as I didn't really understand what to do, but I did talk FOR my resolution, and it did pass, (clapping is in order...haha) and it was all good. Now, apart from this, I make a lot of friends, like this whole big huge gang of amazing people! I was called the Jerry mouse of the group. It was a set of fun loving affectionate people. I did make friends for life! All in all it was a great memorable and priceless experience!
Now, in my second year, chose to be in ECOSOC, since I was ready to do a lot of talking and participating. ECOSOC had about 25 countries, with major issues in hand, one being women empowerment, and the other being narcotics drug control. Both were strong topics in Bolivia, and I had a lot to talk about. But, somehow, I didn't participate much, and I still fail to figure out why, and moreover, people around me had minimum experience of around 4 years, I found this bunch to be really dominating and not so diplomatic. I wasn't quite able to put forth my point of view. (I am not blaming anyone, please don't get me wrong, I am just sharing my experience). And personally speaking, forget the MUN part of it, I didn't make many friends either, I did try to converse a lot, but I honestly don't know what happened.
So yeah, since I have only 2 years of experience, I surely feel GA is a much better council to be a part of than ECOSOC, as the I personally find the competing factor more in GA. I really look forward to my next MUN experience. And hopefully, this year has a lot of amazing things in store for me.