I’ll never forget the rush of emotions that were going through me as I was next in the speaker’s list. I was nervous, because I’m naturally a shy person who avoids public speaking at all costs. But I was also excited.
I was excited to share the weeks of research my delegation partner, Sarah, and I have conducted on Papua New Guinea with the rest of the committee, a simulation of the UN General Assembly at the 2018 National Model UN conference in New York City. After my speech I welcomed the relief, but that’s only because I worked hard to put my fear of public speaking behind me.
This interchange between hard work and relief is how I’d describe my Model UN experience. During the conference, you’re constantly put in situations of high pressure. You have to work with people who are not willing to cooperate regardless of a deadline. You have to persuade delegations to be a part of your working group. This can be tough when you’re representing a small country.