Hi! My name is Vlado, I am 25 years old, and the following blog posts will be my Model United Nations diary. I was born in pre-war Sarajevo, back in 1988, and due to unfortunate circumstances moved a lot in my early childhood. People say tough childhood makes even tougher adults. This turned out to be very true, at least in my case. Two and a half decades later, I have two university degrees, have studied at three world universities, won several “impossible to win” scholarships and ready to make Belgrade, Serbia, my permanent home. On top of all that, I am a Model United Nations delegate now. If you are planning to become one too, there is now a great guide on becoming a delegate.
Why did I pick Model UN? Simple. I wanted my voice and ideas to get the chance to be the force of change. Ever since I started my university career I realized that I would not be one of those students waiting for everything to be delivered straight into their hands. I was one of those eager to make changes, but unable to do that at the time. I don’t know what goes through people’s heads when it comes to these broken Balkan countries. You live in a country like Bosnia and you are conscious of all of the issues that are affecting your everyday life, and yet you never get the urge to stand up and fight for yourself. Fortunately, not everything is bitter in our states (almost citing Shakespeare here), since there are people who are actually willing to act. This gives me even greater inspiration to make myself, with the help of MUN, more competent in the field and support the cause.
Another reason why I picked MUN is because I am not ready to give up on my life-changing experiences just yet. I might be older now, but that doesn’t mean I am ready to settle down and live “happily ever after” or “the rest of my life”, whichever you prefer. I am still drawn to the same things people are when younger, like adventuring, constant traveling, meeting new friends, learning new things, tasting new kinds of food, etc. I strongly believe that MUN can give me all these things. To sum it up, MUNs are fun. Besides the conference, with all its contents, MUNers get to attend all these additional events. Where else are you going to meet people from at least thirty other countries? Being a person addicted to culture in general, it will be hard for me to focus on the conference with all that cultural diversity going on around me.
In the end, of course, there is always a professional side of the story because participating in an MUN does teach you a thing or two. Lobbying, public speaking, global problem solving… they all do sound tempting, don’t they? Besides being interesting, having all these MUN skills will surely prove to be beneficial in anyone’s future career. The fact that you went through the whole MUN process in your life will surely ring bells in the ears of your future employers so make sure you mention it in your CVs, or so I hear. If you are interested in finding out more about possible career opportunities, follow MUN Careers.
“What does it feel being an MUNer?” is the question I still need to answer fully. So far it feels great. However, I have a lot of reading to do, a lot of people to meet. The people I will be “playing” with will probably be far more experienced than me, so the importance of my thorough preparation cannot be overstated. With BIMUN, Belgrade being just a few months away, I am in the fast lane of becoming an expert in all things related to Model United Nations. If you are as well, write down a blog with your experiences, or add a comment below. Until next time.