Way back in September (a whole semester ago!) I was a just but a wee freshman trying to find an organization that I wanted to be a part of. The search took a while, but one day I decided to apply to staff a conference called Harvard National Model United Nations, or HNMUN for short.
For those who don’t know much about Model UN (like me in September), its purpose is a lot like the name sounds—to run a simulation of the real United Nations. At conference, there are a plethora of different committees, all of which have a specific purpose and topic that the delegates are there to try and solve. This weekend, I served as an Assistant Director on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), where the delegates tried to find solutions for violence against women. I was scared at the beginning, as my experience with MUN was very limited, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t know what to do; however, my fears quickly evaporated, as I began to understand of the workings of parliamentary procedure, working papers, and draft resolutions.
My time on the CSW went by so quickly, and that upsets me, as it truly was one of the best weekends of my life. I grew immensely close to my fellow members of the dais and I now have friendships that I know will stand outside the timeframe of HNMUN. Additionally, I was lucky enough to be on the best committee at HNMUN, as I fell in love with all of my delegates. Who would’ve thought that I would miss 42 people so much after just spending four days with them? What I wouldn’t give to just have one more committee session with some of the best people in the world (or should I say in the United Nations?)
Regardless, I am so absolutely grateful that the experience happened. I am so incredibly happy that I decided to apply to be a staff member. I may be slightly biased, but I think everyone needs a little bit of MUN in their life. Even if it’s not MUN, I think everyone should take the jump and try something new in college. I am so happy that I did, as I am so eager to become more involved in the International Relations community here at Harvard. So take the leap, who knows you may just find a new passion.
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Hello! My name is Noah Cominsky and I am currently a freshman living in Grays Hall. I plan on concentrating in Government, but I have a wide array of interests ranging from the French Language to... View full profile