A journey concludes

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When the names were first handed over to me—through their essays and TOEFL scores, I didn’t know what to expect. A few weeks later, and after all the hard work, they returned to their hometowns, as winners. Seeing their grow has been humbling, and it made me proud as well. Knowing that they won added to the happiness. But to know these amazing individuals was indeed an honor. Seeing those who have their first MUN experience here, from not knowing to knowing a lot.

Gladly, in the midst of all problems, when all the stones were thrown at them, they pushed forth, and found ways to survive the hailstorm. In the end, it was not only about the win, it is all about what you have learned, and how much you take them to your lives. “You can only connect the dots by looking backward,” so said Steve Jobs. Hopefully, after all of these, you can connect the dots, and see the reason why.

I thank my best coaching partner Theresia, all friends and colleagues, and of course importantly, these great ten delegates. Walk on through your life path with greatness, and may our paths cross again sometime in the future.

Why I teach MUN

I find teaching satisfies a lot of things. It makes you smarter. It is fun. It is a productive hobby. Even better, I have the opportunity to meet amazing, brilliant, diligent, talented individuals, who share a common goal, a common thirst—thirst of knowledge, of enrichment, of personal development (it’s DEE-vé-lèp-mèn, not dé-vè-lop-mèn). It is a hard work, and nobody said it will be a walk in the park. Truly, I tell you, though. Despite the struggle, despite the tiredness, despite the confusion, ultimately, winning goes beyond just the award—it is when you realize that you can actually do it, and do it greatly. That is winning. [By the way, hard work is not done yet, let us together push for the final stretch!]

MUN Exercise: Choosing the Right Word

In this exercise, you will match a word with a number of its synonyms that are considerably more ‘formal’, or appropriate to use in formal contexts. The goal of this exercise is to remind you of the ‘choice of words’ that you can utilize as you deliver your speech or write any conference document (e.g. position paper, draft resolution). Continue reading MUN Exercise: Choosing the Right Word

Model UN: Using the Qualified Majority Voting

So, you are joining a Model United Nations conference, and you are assigned to the Council of the European Union. Well done! An exciting conference is certainly in order. You start doing some research, you take a look at the rules of procedure.

As you flip through the pages, you read about the voting procedure.

Then, you read the words, “Qualified majority voting.”

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SIMUN 6: Position Paper

Tulisan ini merupakan tulisan keenam dari Seri Model United Nations, yaitu serangkaian artikel mengenal kegiatan simulasi sidang Perserikatan Bangsa-bangsa (PBB) yang kini sedang populer di kalangan akademik muda, khususnya para pelajar dan mahasiswa. Tulisan ini disediakan secara cuma-cuma demi diseminasi ilmu pengetahuan. Jika Anda hendak mengutip sebagian dari tulisan ini, mohon melakukannya dengan kaidah akademik yang berlaku.

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