Contributed by Eva, Grade 11
THIMUN 2017 was an amazing experience. The most interesting part was probably the first day. As you join your commission, you find yourself suddenly surrounded by about 150 other students from around the world. You are at once very different from them as you they come from different countries, have had different experiences or are of different ages yet at the same time you feel bonded with them as you are all international students brought together by a love of debating and an interest in world politics. Despite the first moments feeling slightly daunting, you are quickly reassured as you present yourself to another student, learn his name and make a friend. In my personal case I was also happily surprised to see that friend whom I had met at a previous conference was also in my committee and debating the same topic as me, proving yet again what a small world it is that we live in. Meeting so many new people from all over the world shows to you that in every culture there will be youths like you and that you can relate to people from all over the world.
During the first day you create or join a group with other students in order to write a resolution. This is often one of the most fun moments as you meet so many different people and then start working together to try and create the best resolution as possible. When discussing the topic of the Western Sahara I remember one of the students telling us he was actually from Morocco and talking of the importance many people from his country place on that topic. Moments such as these show us that the topics we debate are not just some vague theoretical challenge that we have to solve but are actually real-world problems which affect people’s lives and on which people place have very strong opinions.
Being the group’s ambassador meant that I had more responsibility yet it also meant that I approached the whole event in a slightly different way. The fact that you are representing the school makes you feel proud and gives you that extra urge to be as good as possible. Participating in the opening and closing ceremony was a real honour as you feel that you are playing an important part in this great event. Several times I was awestruck by just how big THIMUN was. At most times you are in your commission of around 150 people so it is only at events such as the opening ceremony that you see a significant proportion of the 3500 students attending this conference.
Although I am slightly sad that this was my last THIMUN, I am also happy to have been able to participate in it a second time and to have met so many interesting people. The debates we had not only showed the vast amount of problems in the world, but also that the fact that with discussion and collaboration with people from many backgrounds, we are capable of finding solutions to even the toughest challenges.