A life changing experience – for any student who is social, creative, and interested in civil society came a time when he drifted into his own thoughts and ideas. A moment where you're jumping out of your chair pumped with enthusiasm, and you know it wasn't your morning coffee. In my attempt to walk the shoes of “Wonder Woman meets UN Secretary-General” I tried to make my first steps to what I hope is to be a good future. I found that a lot of college clubs failed to feed my need for new and newer experiences and diversity. And just when I thought I might have made a bad choice of career, I applied for a MUN. I've never heard of a Model of United Nations before so I wish I had had this guide for becoming a delegate. However, with a little luck, I got in. At first I felt like Alice in Wonderland, writing assignments, not knowing if they're really good, or maybe genius :) But all of this changed…
The first day of the four day conference, I was both shy and excited. The grand halls, the formal wear, so many different people, I knew I was somewhere special! We had sessions and social events organized, everything was carefully planned hour by hour. I walked into a room filled with people I was going to spend the next four days with without even the slightest idea that we would be MUN brothers for life. It is a dear feeling to be doing something on your own. For me this was a first that I used my college education to express my opinions within the frame of the country I was representing at the sessions. Everyone was listening to me closely, with a mix of interest, respect and a wish to respond. You don't know it at the time, but you're both teaching and learning. Each delegate, with different education and different background, yet all advocating for the same higher goals. Not the same, but all on the same level. Believe me, you will never feel as understood when making a point then among this crowd. It took only hours before I started feeling at home in this strange and new “MUN realm”.
For four days my new friends and I solved problems of great issue for the world, challenging each other intellectually and creatively. Every delegate with their own country to represent and their own opinion. And after bringing new hope to the world we'd go out and party. Dining and wining and dancing our feet off at the evening balls! It’s hard to believe it was only a couple of days! The thing that connects you oddly enough is difference. This is a unique chance to travel the world through stories from your co-delegates, who can give that silver lining to your hard facts knowledge by giving it a life dimension. And shared experience you had will tie you better than any group photo in the world.
Formally, MUN is a Model of United Nations where students represent countries functioning in various UN committees, receive diplomatic education and meet people from all over the world. But this doesn't even scratch the surface of what a MUN really is. Even after so much MUN experience explaining this is still difficult.
In real life, MUN is a four day haze of people and positive energy that changes you forever. It’s a number of photos where you look dashing in awesome formal wear but when showing the picture to your friends you don’t talk about the dress rather about how proud you were when someone praised your thoughts. It always brings a warm feeling around your heart. MUN, it’s a memory that sticks! Anyone who has ever attended knows what I'm talking about… and hopefully so will you.