Thursday, April 7, 2011

Training for the Model UN

In the last meeting for the Model UN we went over the schedule for the event. I can't believe it's so close! In less than two weeks we will be there. I realized that after all the meetings and the work we have done, we have really learned a lot. I am feeling much more confident about it than I did at the beginning, which is good. Next week we are going to make our own simulation, to understand how the debates will work. You can check the schedule in this link: http://www.nmun.org/nmun_ny.html. The document is in the left side of the page, where it says "Sheraton Delegate Schedule".

The opening ceremony will take place on Sunday the 17th at 6pm. After that, we are going to have a very busy schedule for the whole week. We will actually have some meetings already on Sunday late night. On Monday morning there will be some trainings and finally, the sessions will start in the afternoon (from 2:30pm to 11pm). Then there are sessions all week long until Thursday night, when we will have a closing ceremony and a delegate dance. It's going to be a long week, but I can't wait for it to start after having trained so much for it. 

The closing ceremony will take place in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. I can't believe I will be sitting there in a few days. It sounds like a dream to be there and I know many people around the world would pay for it, so I'm really glad that I've been given this opportunity. This experience has been amazing since the beginning. Not only we are visiting the UN and doing something there, but we have also learned a lot, we have even met with the permanent mission of the country we are representing and we have been having a lot of fun. 

Next week will be our last week before the event. We will have to work a lot, because even though we have been working a lot on it, we still have doubts and need a little bit more preparation. This is why we will have our own simulation of a session. We need to have all the procedures clear. The vocabulary we need to use, how to address to the chair, how can we make agreements with other countries, etc. I reckon we will need some extra meeting apart from Wednesday!

Concerning the event, I want to thank the school and specially Dr. Bedi and Dr. Weinstein for their support. Thanks to them we have had the opportunity to visit another Model UN competition (Philadelphia), weekly training sessions, meeting with the permanent mission of Botswana and they even rented a room at the hotel where the event will take place so that we can use it as our headquarters. After all the effort the school has made to make it happen, we actually have quite a big pressure, we want to represent the school as best as we can! 

I hope you're all having a good first week of spring quarter. I'm enjoying my new subjects a lot. They are very interesting and I like the professors as well. It seems that this is going to be a nice quarter! Keep an eye on the events happening at the school, the Student Development Office has prepared a lot of things to welcome the new quarter and they worth a shot! Have a good one!

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