Posted on 17 November 2011.
By Christine Choi, Korea International School
Photo cred: Mars Huang of Intl. Bilingual School at Hsinchu
A bright, sun-drenched day. Buildings bustling with students from all over the world. An atmosphere mixed with excitement and anxiety. This is the very scene witnessed upon arriving at the Hwa Chong Institution.
Half past eight in the morning, the main entrance of the school was already packed with students, teachers, advisors, and administration staff. Due to the warm Singapore weather, most of the girls were dressed up in skirts or dresses. Guys wearing their layers of dark suits, on the other hand, seemed to be sweating, even with their sleeves pulled up.
Waiting to be appointed to their rooms, students from the same schools circled around and received their name tags. A couple of participants recognized familiar faces from past conferences, and they greeted each other with welcoming smiles. Some students had dark circles under their eyes from preparing their clauses and resolutions the night before, and some were still exhausted from the plane ride. Danny Kim, an ECOSOC delegate representing Nicaragua, commented in an exhausted voice, “I’m kind of worn out right now because I slept late yesterday.” Others seemed to be more relaxed, chatting away with their friends and laughing out loud. With some time left, numerous people were flicking through the pages of the Munity-East paper.
Confidence comes naturally with experience. Unlike those attending the conference for the first time, the MUN veterans did not show any signs of uneasiness. “I’m actually more thrilled than worried, since this isn’t my first time at a conference. I’m looking forward to debating and meeting new people for the next few days,” said Eun Hwa Lee, a delegate from GA6 representing Poland.
Of course, there were a few people who arrived late, and they began rushing around the campus as soon as they hopped off the buses. Amid the bustling, Luigi Marshall, a GA6 delegate representing Cameroon, took the time to note, “This is my first time attending THIMUN, so I’m quite anxious right now. I’m hoping that I make new friends today.” After responding, he quickly walked across the hallway to his designated room. Others were not late, but simply had trouble finding where to go.
With the rooms jammed with participants, some students had to wait until they could be seated. “I like how Hwa Chong is so well-equipped with different facilities and how everyone here is really ambitious. Since there are so many people in each room, it is a bit frightening. However, I’m still glad to be here to learn about the different perspectives that students from different countries have,” commented Ang Wei Jia, a delegate representing Sierra Leone in GA2. She added, “I hope everything goes well today.”
The hectic morning soon passed by, and students across the campus began to settle down. They entered their rooms, got in their seats, and the chairs initiated the conference by running some brief introductory presentations. All participants are now ready to take their next steps into this four-day journey.