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.