CONTACT

News

23 February 2018

My experience at the Boston MIT Model United Nations

 On the 7th of February, my two schoolmates and I, along with our teacher, Allan, went off to Boston, Massachusetts for the MITMUNC conference held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We were representing both Ealing Independent College students and also as a school from London. It was the first international Model United Nations conference with students attending from various States of the US, China, Mexico and England. I was given two topics, North Korea and the disarmament of its weapons and Cybersecurity. We were assigned to represent and speak on behalf of the country of Myanmar in the Disarmament Committee of the UN regarding these topics.  

I had spent many hours preparing position papers for both topics as a delegate from Myanmar and it paid off when I gave my opening statement about the issues discussed. The first day of the conference was fast-paced, as many of the delegates had already participated in previous editions of the conference but the Chairpersons in charge of my committee helped explain the sessions and the rules. I learnt quickly and did my best to contribute to the sessions to the best of my ability.  Furthermore, I managed to make a few allies that agreed to my statements and got to interact with them as the session continued. 

The second day of the conference was much more interesting as there had been an “overnight crisis” that caused an overseas territory linked to the US to be blown up and the UN needed an immediate response of action from my committee. We had a task to make a resolution to resolve the issue. I was surprised at how the room constantly had an atmosphere of tension and every action taken was significant and consequential.  

Finally, we attended the final day of the conference and I would say that the best memory of the conference that I have, was when the resolution my allies and I had come up with for the first topic passed through to the UN. My committee had only managed to complete the discussion for one topic and due to the lack of time, we did not proceed onto the second topic of Cybersecurity. However, we did come up with an impromptu crisis on another committee where a delegate was “assassinated” and Russia had caused a cyberattack on the US causing its nuclear weapons to go off and annihilate the entire country! The other committee that we colluded with initially did have a great shock when my entire committee went into their room but cooperated with us to resolve the chaos amidst their crisis of a bone virus that was spreading around the world, killing millions. At the end of the conference, I was given the title ‘Friendliest Delegate’ by my fellow delegate. After the session, I spoke to my fellow delegates for the last time and shared contact details for future meetings! This then concluded my experience at the 3-day conference.

However, there were many more unforgettable memories I have forged with 2 friends and my teacher during our entire trip. We spent many hours together travelling around the city of Boston on foot and by public transport during our free time and visited many monuments and famous streets. We also had delicious meals during the 5 days and since good food deserves to be talked about, I am sharing this with you! On our last day, Allan led us on the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail, which consists of a long red brick trail around the city that you follow to look at different historical monuments and the various districts of the city. We visited monuments like the Massachusetts State House and Bunker Hill, a narrow building with little windows and 294 stairs to reach the top. And it is important to say that we reached the top of the building and enjoyed the view of the city from its little windows!

To conclude, I enjoyed a purposeful and memorable experience to go on my first trip to the US for the MITMUNC conference and also share fun-filled memories with my friends and teacher. And if I do ever get the chance to attend a future conference, I sure will! 

 

Thanusree (Y12)

Blog Trips and Excursions
  • 28

    Feb

    Amazing Biology Presentation - Nourulhuda Mohammad

    "Ever heard of the endoplasmic reticulum? Yeah, it sounds kinda complex, but stick with me, and you'll see it's not as complicated as it seems."

  • 26

    Feb

    Monday Briefing 26th February 2024 - Don't Stop

    During my marathon training it occurred to me later in the day that the passage which I had gone through during my run was a similar journey to many o...

  • 19

    Feb

    The Monday Briefing - American Life

    Prior to half term, I had the huge pleasure of taking six students over to Boston in the United States for a Model UN trip at the prestigious Massachu...

  • 05

    Feb

    Monday Briefing - Time Stood Still

    On Friday, we hit the 100 day warning. 100 days to go until the commencement of the Summer Exams Series. Three figures, in days, still seem like a lon...

  • 29

    Jan

    The Monday Briefing - Borderline

    This week has been quite an interesting one in terms of boundary testing on the part of students.

  • 22

    Jan

    The Monday Briefing - Frozen

    This week has featured several meetings, gatherings and get togethers, all based around one theme: the importance of community.

  • 15

    Jan

    The Monday Briefing: Sanctuary

    “Redundancies. Lack of funding. A pandemic. All have contributed to a huge rise in children missing from class.” So began an article i...

  • 08

    Jan

    The Monday Briefing: She's Not Me

    “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln Back in 2019, when it b...

  • 14

    Dec

    Parth's Interview: Teaching Physics at EIC

    With a focus on personalised learning and tailored support, our programs empower students to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. Parth ...

  • 11

    Dec

    The Monday Briefing: Future

    The last week of term at the College is always taken up with mock exams, ensuring that students are kept honest, right up until the very last possib...

  • 04

    Dec

    The Monday Briefing: Incredible

    In many ways, he encapsulates the incredible power of setting oneself challenging goals, seemingly beyond the realms of possibility, and striving, thr...

  • 01

    Dec

    Scholarship Competition: Roland's Interview

    “It was extremely quick and easy with my parents filling out a form online. I then came into the school a few weeks later and sat a quick test no long...