DELEGATE – Ignacio from Colegio Internacional Aravaca, Madrid, Spain
Why did you want to take part in the ISP Virtual MUN?
The main reason why I wanted to take part in the ISP Virtual MUN was because I had previously attended MUN in Halcyon School, UK. After having such a great time back then, I wanted to give it another go, but I thought I wouldn’t be able to after coming back to Spain. The moment I heard that one was being held and that my school was participating, I immediately asked to attend.
How was your first Virtual MUN? Could you tell us a bit about your experience?
I found my first Virtual MUN experience quite pleasing. Even under the given circumstances, the organisers managed to push through and host an amazing MUN. The staff were amazing and the energy was still there, regardless of it being online. I personally loved it, and if another MUN was held, I wouldn’t mind if it was online again.
What did you learn from this experience?
The main thing I learned from this experience was how to convince other people of my ideas. I personally consider that to be a very important skill to have, especially when you grow up and start to need it on a daily basis.
What was the most memorable moment for you?
For me, the most memorable moment was giving the committee briefing at the closing ceremony. Even though it was only a minute or so, my nerves were through the roof, especially since I had a lot of people watching me and I knew I couldn’t mess it up.
How challenging was the conference for you?
The conference itself wasn’t that challenging. What I found rather challenging was the preparation leading up to it. Making my own paper and developing it for weeks was quite difficult, but thanks to that preparation I was able to do my best during the conference.
What was your main struggle? How did you overcome it?
My main struggle was elaborating my Research Paper. It was the most time-consuming part of the whole MUN process. I overcame it by tuning in to the facilitated guidance classes every week and seeking help from my teachers and researching online.
How did you prepare for the conference?
I tuned in to the facilitated lessons weekly and made sure I did some thorough research so my Research Paper was as good as I could make it. Aside from this, I also practiced what I was going to say and how I was going to say it.
What are the main skills you developed while taking part in the ISP MUN?
To meet deadlines, interact with other people and learn how to properly research.
In which committee were you? Which country did you represent? What was the discussion topic?
I was in NCAC, represented Qatar and discussed the topic of corruption within sports.
Did you agree with the discussion position that you had to represent? If not, was that a challenge for you?
Having to represent something that I was so unfamiliar with definitely posed a bit of a challenge, but I did agree with the discussion position, thanks to Qatar’s advances.
From your experience, what are the main benefits of taking part in an MUN?
Meeting new people, learning other ways of speaking and exposing ideas and definitely to develop listening and persuasive skills.
Given the context of a global pandemic, what are the benefits of doing a Virtual MUN?
Even though I would prefer a presential MUN, a virtual MUN does have some advantages, such as the ability to split into smaller discussion rooms easily and sending notes to someone is way easier, given that they are now instant messages instead of paper notes.
What would you say to other students thinking about taking part in the next ISP Virtual MUN?
Definitely do it! It will help you in so many ways, look good on your CV and you will have a blast!
The next ISP Virtual MUN will take place from the 26th – 28th November 2021 and will once again be powered by our partners IMUNA. Learn more about the ISP MUN programme by clicking on the hyperlink and watch this space for the conference website page once it goes live!
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