Last week eight students from Tsinghua international school (THIS) traveled to Shanghai for MUNUC-SFLS, an annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference organized by the University of Chicago and hosted by Shanghai Foreign Language School. More than 300 students from across China participated. THIS MUN students were able to meet students from all over China.
Six sophomores and two juniors from THIS participated in the conference, each representing their assigned countries from five different committees, including the Security Council, NATO, WHO and Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee.
Throughout the four-day experience students engaged in heated conversation and cooperative diplomacy. THIS earned one of the Outstanding Delegation awards, given to the top-performing schools. Four of our delegates gained recognition from their chairs (heads of committee). Sofia Rong Dell’Anese earned the Outstanding Delegate award, the first place award for this conference. Vanessa Leong and Anneke Benthem, both from 10th grade, received honorable mentions, the second place award for this conference. Lastly, Lance Ge from 10th graded received the verbal recommendation award, the third place award for this conference.
Of course, there was also some time for fun. The THIS delegation enjoyed delicious Shanghai food and was able to visit both LuXun Park and Shanghai Bund, and enjoyed activities such as boat riding and a walk by Huangpu River.
This MUNUC trip is my first tournament. I was very nervous in the first day, but after several speeches, I become confident to give a speech in front of 110 delegates. I really learned a lot from this tournament, such as how to cooperate with delegates, how to write a working paper and a draft resolution that more countries will agree upon it.
Overall, I am very thankful to all members from our bloc and looking forward the next MUN trip!
葛宇蒙 （Lance Ge）十年级
I am the delegate of Kuwait in the UN Security Council, regarding on the topic of the situation in Yemen. The past four days of the MUN conference have always been in intense debate, with two draft resolutions made and one passed. As the only member of the Saudi-led coalition, whom is accusted of commiting various war crimes over civilians in Yemen, I tried very hard to overcome my personal biases and then connecting my national interest to other delegates'. Thus, I was very happy when I found a bloc with people of mutual interests and have our resolution worked out and passed.
于小涵 （David You） 十年级
The delegation from THIS MUN had a great experience at the MUNUC-SFLS conference. As the first-time MUN delegate, this delegate sadly got to experience the taste of politics in SOCHUM through the backstabbing between different blocs. The overall experience, however, can not be better. Delegates got to earn people's respects and follows through his speeches and debates in the "general assembly" liked committee room. Lastly, this delegate wishes to attend more conferences in the future. Thank you! #MUNisFUN
The overall experience for this trip was great. I managed to learn a lot throughout the conference, especially the fact that it’s my first one. In this trip, my committee did a great job but at the same time, now I realize how crucial the political world is. People did not keep their promise and in return, they backstabbed me and people in my bloc. That was definitely not a good feeling nor experience. However, I managed to build a good and stable relationship with the main sub of my bloc. The trust and reliability we’ve keep is unexpected. Moreover, when we were traveling around Shanghai, that was a fun and good experience. I definitely strength the relationship with my schoolmates and I would love to go on another trip in the future.
This was the last conference for most students participating for the year. They will spend the time until next conference honing their skills during school committees sessions and we wait to see where the next year takes them!
作者Written| Sofia Rong Dell’Anese
图片Pictures| Xiaobin Xu
编辑Edited| Linda Gao
审核Audited| Cathy Pei, Andrew Dickerson, Jeff Joyce, Toni Dong, Lan Yi, Wenping ，查看更多达到当天最大量