I took part in the Model United Nations (MUN) club and the cross-country club in the first term. On the first day of the term, I received an email from a teacher to inform me about the Oxford Global Digital MUN and the Exeter College Digital MUN. I had known about MUN at the time and was interested in it. According to the email the Exeter college MUN was coming in a fortnight’s time and the Oxford MUN would be held in November.
As I was not confident in my English, I hesitated to apply for them at first, but eventually I did because I would rather regret what I have done than what I haven’t. Looking back, I feel I made a great decision. The teacher invited me to the MUN club which is held every Wednesday night online.
In the first and second sessions there were merely explanations what MUN is. The teacher asked us to do research about the Corona virus vaccination and write a resolution paper as a delegate of our allotted country. By chance, one of my friends in Kingswood school, who I play basketball with, told me he was going to send his resolution paper to the teacher, so I sent my paper too.
However, we didn’t have to do this. To make it more difficult for myself, since I sent it, I had to introduce my resolutions, answer questions about it and debate throughout the day’s activity time. I managed this but it was like a bad dream! I got the chair luckily for the Oxford MUN as a delegate of Denmark in UNHCR.
Even though, I spent most of half term doing research to prepare for the Oxford MUN and wrote a position paper which is composed of the Historical background, the country position and the proposed solution, I was only able to make a couple of speeches on each day. Without the benefit of the unexpected event in the MUN club, it could have been a lot worse.
What I would like is to highly recommend new scholarship students to attend the activities which appeal to you as soon as the school starts. It is difficult to join them halfway through the term and in the case of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award every month counts because it needs 18 months to complete and win the Gold award. I made friends with the fellows especially day students thanks to the activities. Although the activities are available far less frequently than in Japan, belonging to them provided me with a lot of benefits.