Eric Lin, a THIMUN O-MUN delegate from Taipei American School, gives his take on the strategic importance (or not) of sitting on a chair. Check out the before and after photos. We'll let you draw your own conclusions.
I don't know why but it is hard talking about THIMUN after the fact. There is this reminiscence that just digs at you and, well, it feels bitter sweet. Simply put, the conference was great, the debate was good, but what really made it fantastic was that I found a new family, a new family of delegates.
For this blog post, I want to go beyond the O-MUN THIMUN team and the O-MUN delegates I met to focus on a different group – the resolution bloc.
I recall, distinctly, the birth of the bloc, this awesome resolution bloc of countries. It all started with a hand shake between me and most of the other delegates in the corner of the HRC delegation room. When we finally got seated there was only one chair, so I let Sam (South Africa) take it, since he was the one using the computer and merging all the documents. I recall Sam and I talking about how some people may think we have a "holier than thou" mindset, so we immediately made it clear that the chair was, well simply only for the laptop. But then I brought up a chair for me, too. Looking from the outside in, it might have seemed like a power move, and the two of us definitely spearheaded the resolution work. But from day one there was a bond between ALL the members of the group, all the way through the conference, until we had an awesome group hug at the end when the resolution had not only passed in our committee, but again in the plenary session.
I have been to quite a few conferences, but this team of people, of fantastic individuals, really set THIMUN apart for me. The different cultures, the faces, and personalities, coalesced into this weird medley of fun and productivity. To quote my debate coach, "It was stupid good.”
Regardless of the outcome of the resolution my team and I wrote, regardless of the debate and the ultimate vote, it was the team that mattered. It was the team that I knew always had my back. My number 2, South Africa, and everyone else individually fantastic. I'd list all of you guys out but I don't want to accidentally forget one of you. I will always remember and cherish our memories.