By: F. Lebl
I first joined the St Paul’s POSMUN team because I thought it would help me with public speaking and research skills, but it exceeded my expectations and helped me to improve many other skills. POSMUN was my first MUN conference, and I am very glad to have this opportunity. I went to POSMUN as a single-delegation, alongside five classmates, even so there were many people that I met from other schools that helped me on this journey.
I learned at POSMUN that I want to continue doing MUN as it showed me how exciting, challenging and fun MUN is. It taught me how many skills I can put to use and that I need help to develop them. Moreover, MUN showed me how exciting current and past international affairs are, how to publicly speak and how to collaborate with other people to solve global problems efficiently.
The hardest part of being a delegate was the fact that, as I was part of the Historical Security Committee and it was set in the 1980, I couldn’t mention 21st century happenings or technology and I had to keep a 20th century perspective. Many other MUN delegates helped me understand how MUN works and how the simulation should follow. The best part of MUN was the sense of community in which even though different delegations didn’t share the same mindset we all had to collaborate and work in groups to write the best possible resolution to the issue being debated. We discussed a topic, and through MUN, I met new people and felt more confident when giving a speech or offering advice.
Advice to future St Paul’s POSMUN delegates is that you should always be comfortable to talk to other people, ask for help and collaborate in the formation of alliances. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will not always be aware of what is happening, and the best way is to meet new people and make friends who can help you to improve as a delegate and give advice. Although, POSMUN prizes were awarded to the best delegates, it was much more of a collaboration than a competition.