Posted on 14 November 2011.
By Sean Liu, International Bilingual School at Hsinchu Science Park
10. Hotel Room
At the end of the day, every delegate needs a comfortable place to rest. Teenagers generally need at least seven hours of sleep a night, and MUN-ers are no different – after all, they too are typical high school students. If anything, they need more sleep. Solving the world’s problems is tough work!
The note passers who should be grabbing your note just as you lift it. Who doesn’t take them for granted, right? Their only job is to wait and walk around with a sheet of paper. How hard could it be? But don’t forget that they run these endless errands for the entire conference – what would the conference be without them?
8. Meeting New People
THIMUN conferences are all about diversity, consisting of delegates from all over the world. Given that, delegates are bound to meet new people, debate with or against them, and make new friends in the process.
7. Air Conditioning
In a tropical country like Singapore, air conditioning is a must. Without it, temperatures rise to well above 30 degrees Celsius, but with air conditioning, temperatures fall to a comfortable 20 degrees, ideal for a room packed with students in formal clothing.
6. Point of Information
This is central to any debate in MUN. Delegates rely on this tool to support or attack resolutions, and often become frustrated when chairs deny them this inalienable right.
5. Toilet Paper
According to an Internet poll, around 20% of people go at unpredictable times of the day. To protect the mental health of all delegates and to promote personal hygiene, toilet paper must be provided in all bathrooms in any conference.
Delegates generally expect decent food at any conference. As one anonymous MUN-er put it, “We’re sacrificing our free time to solve world issues. I think we deserve at least to be rewarded with good food. You don’t like me when I’m hungry!”
Delegates get bored and need a laugh every now and then. Why not throw in a funny analogy to lighten up their spirits? “This resolution is like the warm spot in the pool. It feels nice until you realize what it is.”
Our close primate relatives must love bananas for a reason. Bananas, which are high in potassium, are excellent sources of energy. According to the US National Lung and Blood Institute, teenagers are estimated to lose around 2000 calories a day. Therefore, many delegates rely on the conferences to provide them with bananas.
1. The Internet
Every delegate uses the Internet to research and prepare for MUN conferences. Even during conferences, delegates need the Internet to look up events and issues of which they are not fully aware. Delegates also take refuge in the Internet for sneaky breaks. “I don’t know what I would do without the Internet,” admits an anonymous MUN-er, “Facebook and 9gag are my life.”