By Charlie Lane-KentMUN Careers Officer
I’ve been asked to write a ‘short article’ by our current society president Simeon Onaji, about my MUN experience, no mean feat when you consider all that has happened during my time as a society member. Now why did I join MUN? Well politics has always been a subject that appeals to me, for as long as I can remember there has been political discussion in my home, primarily between myself and my mum, apparently, I could name the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer as well as the US President by the age of four. This intrigue in the field drove me towards studying Politics and International relations at Kent and naturally to our MUN society which I duly joined in September 2016. Since then my experience has been a memorable one.
Undoubtedly the greatest experience that I’ve had with MUN so far was back in February attending the 2017 London International MUN conference, one of the largest in Europe. Being my first conference, I was unsure as to what I had let myself in for. What the people would be like? Would I be engaged by the topic or find it boring? To be honest I was concerned it would just be a bunch of stuffy intellectual students talking politics for three days, doing their best to drown it each other out with competing drivel. But I’m pleased to say my fears were unfounded. What I had let myself in for was a thoroughly lively, entertaining and stimulating weekend.
The people. Fantastic. Engaged? Absolutely. As for stuffy students, well as you may have guessed there was absolutely no drivel at all. I arrived at the committee room for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Friday afternoon, ready to represent Slovenia, having attended the conference opening ceremony earlier that day. The wealth of talent in that room was astounding, every single delegate knew the topics inside out, more than that they were exceptional funny and interesting to be a round. To this day I keep in touch with the lady who represented the United States, it just goes to show how charming the people were and how the experience of MUN is a truly social one. I can honestly say that the conference was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had.
But my MUN experience has been about so much more than just one conference. The weekly general meetings have always been engaging and lively even for a MUN novice like myself, the longer serving members had an adept understanding of the rules and procedures, excellent for me when I had any query. So now looking back on a year’s worth of experience I can honestly say I have no regrets about joining. From attending my first conference to running for treasurer on the committee, albeit unsuccessfully, I have thoroughly enjoyed my MUN experience, and I look forward to the coming year as a Careers Officer for the society.