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BISS Puxi students head to MUN conference

Last weekend I, and nine other students from BISS Puxi, travelled to the MUN conference. Jiwoo, Nayoung and myself worked in the food security committee, Serena, Jerome and Maja in the general assembly, William, Hyun Jin and Ha Lin in the human rights committee and Natalia was in the Security Council. We all really enjoyed the conference and we learned how different countries viewed problems from different perspectives.

All I can say is that MUN was definitely worth 30 hours of my weekend. No one can judge MUN before trying it. Those of you who have never tried doing MUN will never understand the feeling of ecstasy while attacking the other delegations, the feeling of satisfaction when your resolution is voted through or the feeling of excitement as you make a speech in front of your committee.

Personally, I was worried before going to MUN, like most of my friends. This was my first MUN conference, so naturally, I felt very nervous and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was comforted slightly when I got there, as I realized that it was the first time for most students. Despite some of the rumours I’d heard from MUN veterans, the students were very respectful towards each other; no one giggled at mistakes, talked over the committee Chairs or added rude comments. I think this really gave me the courage to speak up and suggest changes to the resolution on the first day.

On the second day, I pushed myself even further and made several ‘points of information’, which I never thought I would. I reminded myself that the delegates were just students, like me. I noticed that as I listened carefully to the speaker, thinking about possible points I could make, I was actually enjoying the conference. This is really what led me to make a lot of ‘points of information’ on the last day. I was reluctant to finish my first MUN conference.

As a whole, I had a great experience, and am definitely applying for the next conference. Through this experience, I not only learnt how the conference works, but also made new friends from across Shanghai and learnt about global issues. 

Kelly Kim, Year 10