After a rigorous, demanding, and at times intense week, I can assuredly say that it was all worthwhile. This week at THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) has opened up so many doors. I have also expanded new circles of friends and it is a great feeling being surrounded by like-minded people who share an interest in debating current world issues and interested in how our world is shaped. As we are living in challenging times, it was nice to have an insight into world politics and a great opportunity to learn from others.
After debating each day, we had some down-time to relax and update each other about the ups and downs of our day. Although this was only a minor part of our busy schedules each day, it allowed us to open up and gave us all a chance to speak about our THIMUN experience. One of my highlights was actually towards the very beginning of the week, when we went to the beach after dinner and just relaxed before the long weak ahead.
The beauty of THIMUN is that there is a combination of the social interaction as well as acquiring debating skills. Everyone is there for the same reason, to contribute with ideas and work together to create successful and promising resolutions. Although we are all fully aware that the hundreds of resolutions, passed and failed, have stayed within the conference, the fact that they were created is much more symbolic and a testament of our passion. I really did try to push myself to raise my placard representing Sierra Leone, and personally engage in stimulating resolutions because the more involved you are, the better the experience. Rather than returning with regrets, I came home feeling as though I contributed in small but significant ways with new dreams for the future.
Contributed by Eva, Grade 11