The past four days I was a chair for the Johns Hopkins Model UN Conference (JHUMUNC) (pronounced: Jhoo-monk). It was my second year participating in the conference, and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. For those who don’t know, Model United Nations emulates the United Nations, with numerous committees all discussing different topics. As an individual, you are a delegate of a country representing that country in your respective committee. This year, I was the chair (chair = in charge of running) the Formula 1 committee.
If this weekend has taught me one thing, it’s that this conference is definitely worth attending, whether you’ve experienced Model UN before or not. First and foremost, it’s a 4 day getaway from the stress of academics at Hopkins, not to mention a free stay at the Hilton hotel. It’s also enlightening getting to meet people from all over the country coming together to participate.
As fun as I’m sure the conference was for the delegates, I think I might have enjoyed it even more. The responsibility of running an entire committee, and having the opportunity to mold things exactly to my liking was priceless. On top of that, nearly everyone else on the JHUMUNC staff was as passionate and interested in the conference as me.
To sum up, if you’re even considering applying for JHUMUNC, do it. I promise you won’t regret it.
In the spirit of short and sweet blogs, I’ve decided to put together a list of some of the highlights of the spring semester, and the parts I’m most looking forward to.
1. Spring Fair!
First and foremost, I think I speak for a majority of the school when I say Spring Fair is the most hype weekend of the spring semester. It’s food, friends, and sunny weather for two days straight that everyone gets to spend *not* in the library.
Homecoming weekend is always fun. It’s a great chance to get out, watch some lacrosse, and enjoy the vibe around campus for a few days. Definitely a way relieve some stress and enjoy yourself.
With the spring semester comes the latest batch of new blue jays, which of course means SOHOP is right around the corner. Again, SOHOP serves as a time to take in the fresh air, look around at the fresh-faced incoming class and reminisce to a time that feels not so long ago.
4. My classes, believe it or not.
For the first time, I’m taking classes relevant to my major in a real sense. ModSim and SysCon are the first two real BME classes that serve a practical engineering purpose, and I’m excited to be able to learn what they have to offer. Aside from that, I’m taking my first programming class ever and doing awesome biomaterials research at the medical institute. Provided I can keep myself together, this semester should be one to remember.