Life after THIMUN

Life after THIMUN
Faiq Raedaya

“Thank you all for attending THIMUN Qatar 2018, we hope to see you again next year!”

Cacophonous applause resounds through the hall. One by one, delegates and teachers leave the QNCC after the closing ceremony, bidding the exhausting yet exhilarating event farewell.

What now?

Some might consider THIMUN to be just another typical MUN conference– simply three days of discussion, and debate. Ordinary lives continue, unabated; the event – albeit ingrained in their memory as an unforgettable one– ceases to exist as a learning experience.

However, for many, THIMUN is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, enhancing an appreciation for worldwide cultural diversity.

Additionally, involvement in MUN can help to boost your position in future university and job applications, as you will stand out as one whose experiences have given you well-developed skills in leadership, teamwork, and most importantly, public speaking.

Imagine: three hundred staring faces watching and judging your every movement. Sweat runs down your neck, and your legs wobble beneath you. Your first few words are a trembling stutter.

You take a deep breath, regain your composure, and state your position on the currently-debated resolution. You flow from one point to the next with poise, and anxieties change to confidence.

The pressure of public speaking in front of an audience reinforces delegates’ development of a valuable skill: public speaking. THIMUN is an excellent setting to face one’s fears of public speaking, to build up their self-confidence, and support their personal growth.

In the hectic world we live in today, it is easy to dismiss daily calamities so we can move on with our lives. THIMUN serves to increase your awareness of international politics and allows for better comprehension of real-world issues. Being tested in diplomatic situations about your stances and viewpoints allows participants to understand how existing international bodies work and how they can contribute to solving the issues that affect our fragile world.