If you are preparing to participate in any MUN conference now, doing proper research will be inevitable. While as a student, research may be an activity that is already familiar to most, if not all, of you, doing research for a MUN conference takes another level of depth, especially considering that you are going to act and present in the manner of a different country or delegation, getting acquainted, understanding, and being able to work with your entire committee, and to be able to find the best solutions to the issues at hand, none of which can be achieve unless you have done your own homework: proper research.
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.
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!]
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”