Alumni Story : Maryam - Kenya
Hello, I’m so glad to have this opportunity to tell my story starting from how I joined AYIMUN, my best moment, the things I got, and my messages for future delegates; every single thing will surely open up your eyes and mind towards the importance of MUN.
First thing first, I must say that AYIMUN was truly beautiful and unexpected. When I first applied, I wasn’t even sure of what I was doing or if I was able to travel to Thailand. I remembered filling out the form and thinking this was awesome. But having thoughts whether I could be part of it was like-my little sister sat there saying that there was no way I would travel to Thailand. The following day I sat with my mom and explained to her what it was about and what I would benefit from it and she agreed immediately then she persuaded my dad, luckily though, he agreed too.
From that day onwards, whenever I had free time I would watch YouTube videos regarding model united nations. A few weeks later, I started to prepare my position paper and I was confused since I didn’t know what had to be done at all, therefore I spent days looking into how to do it and I completed it. My flight to Thailand was long and tiring; it was a 10-hour transit flight and I arrived in Thailand two days before the conference.
On the first day of the conference, I was feeling quite scared and nervous to meet everyone, but the committee members were nice, they allocated me to a room of five people; all of them were from Indonesia, it was nice because I got to learn a lot from them. I also met a lot of people from different countries; we shared experiences and stories. We laughed and enjoyed our time together although it was too short a time. I loved the conference! It was perfectly organized and coordinated and I wish to join again next year.
My best moment was the closing ceremony. Why? Mainly because everyone was representing their culture and tradition and it was beautiful to learn and see different cultures. I got a lot from AYIMUN. I have learnt different cultures and traditions, made friends from around the world, understood the world from a different perspective and most importantly, increased my communication skills.
Last but not least, to all future delegates of AYIMUN, do take advantage of this conference and prepare really well!