Zara Yap, Year 8W
Tick tock. My gaze diverted between the clock and my laptop screen. Tick tock. “Should I discuss this with the other journalists?” I thought to myself, glancing at others who were extremely engrossed in their work in the MUNITY East Press Team room. I opened my mouth to say something but a lump formed in my throat.
This year’s THIMUN Singapore was my first ever MUN experience, which was held from 18-22 November 2019 at the Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore. I participated in THIMUN as a photojournalist on MUNITY East, which was a student-run publication that releases daily issues regarding global affairs and what goes on at THIMUN. Besides myself, four other AISM students (Xuan Lin Tan, Isabella Wood, Ishwarya Krishna and Priyanka Krishna) were members of the Press Team as well and had tremendous contributions to MUNITY East! The Press Team consists of reporters, text editors, layout artists, videographers, photographers and last but not least, the Editors-in-Chief.
The first few days was absolutely daunting for me and I was extremely tense, particularly due to the many new faces on the team. However, I eventually felt more confident in interacting and working together with new people to produce quality articles and publications as the week progressed. The experience I gained as a member of the Press Team was certainly foreign to anything I’ve ever known, but I learned to work with others under the pressure of what daily publications in the real world face. Within just several days, I feel that THIMUN has changed me tremendously and has not only widened my perspective and understanding of the world around me, but also gave me many opportunities to establish new, long-lasting friendships with people from all over the world who have similar interests. THIMUN is no doubt a fun, priceless and amazing lifetime experience, as it allows us students to extend our knowledge about global issues and affairs, and of course, can help us be a better writer, orator, collaborator and critical thinker, regardless of whether you attend as a regular delegate or a member of the Press Team!
Two weeks after THIMUN Singapore, MUNAISM was held on 4 December 2019, which all Year 8 and 9 students partook in, as regular delegates. Similar to THIMUN, MUNAISM had its fair share of challenges for students, especially for those participating in MUN for the first time as regular delegates, such as trying to wrap our heads around the rules and conventions of MUN, and of course, public speaking. We submitted and amended resolutions that we wrote and debated regarding current world issues such as the issue of single-use plastics and the protection of children in armed conflicts.
Before MUN, I never really had the chance to develop the skill of thinking effectively on my feet in front of a large crowd, but with THIMUN and MUNAISM, I had the opportunity to do so. MUN is undeniably a fruitful and rewarding experience for everyone, and I would definitely do it again, without hesitation! I highly recommend students to try MUN out no matter how scary it may seem, because you’ll find that MUN is an enjoyable and a truly one-of-a-kind experience!