Anisha Pai is the Head of Online Publications for THIMUN Qatar 2015. This Doha College delegate speaks to what she’s gained from participation in THIMUN Qatar over the years, and what she hopes to achieve at the upcoming conference.
I’ve attended every THIMUN conference hosted in Qatar since 2011 as a delegate. Through THIMUN, more I’ve attended every THIMUN conference hosted in Qatar since 2011 as a delegate. Through THIMUN, more than any other MUN conference I’ve attended, I have formed and fostered friendships I would never have had the chance to make otherwise. The people I’ve met underneath the spider and in the sprawling conference rooms of the QNCC tend to be smart, open-minded, charismatic people whose loquacious knowledge of any topic can be intimidating. However, getting to know others my own age, from a similar background to mine, yet who seem so much more advanced than me, has taught me how fundamental humanity is; how emotional connections and friendships are so important in a fast paced, dog-eat-dog world because they keep you grounded.
And that realisation has been increasingly helpful when addressing the profound issues discussed in the committee rooms; being open to the views of other countries, being diplomatic and understanding is a skill the MUN community has taught me these past three years. In that time, I have grown into and find myself surrounded by friends who are established veterans of the kind I first admired and never dared aspire to at the first ever THIMUN-Qatar. I now understand that those I was so intimidated by were, and still are, simply flawed, kind, struggling humans like myself and I am euphoric to be experiencing my last ever THIMUN-Qatar as a videographer who gets to tell the stories of the people who have inspired and educated me.