I had been appointed the Grimsley Model United Nations Vice-President over the summer and I had no idea what I was getting into. I had talked to Jonathan Storch and we tried to plan out which trips we were going to go on. We finally decided on going to UNC Charlotte for a beginners course for our newer members. I had poured my time into finding lodgings while Storch focused on registration. I realized just how hard it is working with Guilford County and Grimsley on these policies and in the end we had the trip without our superiors supervision. Over countless hours or planning the big day arrived. We left after school and drove to Charlotte, went to the hotel, and went to the college for the first 3 hour session. I represented Vietnam and I was awakened to just how bad international relations are with socialist nations. we went back to the hotel and slept. the next day we geared up for 4 sessions of ruthless diplomacy. It was a long hard time but we made it through the day early because of predicted bad weather for some school zones so we had to leave early to get home before it hit.
I love learning about the diplomatic system and I wish I had more time and more trips to exercise my passion.
We met once a month from September till April.
Model UN Charlotte was a 2 day conference.
Model UN Part 2
So I now feel comfortable releasing this entry. I am the new Grimsley Model UN president and it has been a chore! I have been in Model UN for about 3 years and never before have I seen so much work that has to go into planning. I have finally got us registered for the Model UN Chapel Hill trip where I will be finally completing my high school dream of representing Denmark in the World Trade Organization. The topics are about anti-dumping disputes, the US-China trade agreement, and NAFTA.
I'm not really sure about how Denmark will take this position, I'm sure that they will come out in favor of NAFTA, due to the fact it is one of the few free financial markets. And I assume that they will also be in favor of the anti-dumping disputes, but I will have to research a little more on their position on the US-China trade agreement.
I feel the need to post the dates for this activity since I feel so emotionally connected to it.
8/19/10 The first Model UN meeting of the year where we held a interest meeting with a surprising turnout of over 40 new people and where our advisor coined the phrase "Ivan's Army".
9/9/10 The second meeting that more accurately described the mission of the group and our population only went down by about 8 members. Not bad.
10/21/10 We went over the rules or attending a conference and there was a conference at Appalachian that I made an executive decision for our group to not go. The price was going to be ridiculous and once we became approved of by the school, they would of required that we take a bus. It wasn't going to work out. the bus alone was going to cost $100 each. Ridiculous.
11/4/10 We had a mobilization meeting to see if we could hold a meeting by word of mouth. it didn't work out too well
1/20/11 The words of confirmation on the Chapel Hill trip was given and I proceeded to register
2/10/11 I held a meeting to get an estimate of how many members were interested in going on the UNC Chapel Hill trip and had only 12 people show up. That's not too bad including the fact that we had about everyone saying that there is someone else left to go
2/12/11 I finally got us registered to go after weeks of trying to register, I finally got it done. I signed up 25 members
Since then I had a ton of issues happen. People dropped out, price went up, more people dropped out. It was a pain in the butt.
Model UN has certainly taught me about world politics and I had set up my world connotations from this. When I joined my sophomore year, after that year's MUNCH, I had made up my mind as to what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a diplomat, and my resolve has been unwavering.
Action- I was in leadership for 2 years, planned 2 trips for the Grimsley Model UN, served as delegates for Vietnam and Denmark, learned global politics.