lunes, 17 de marzo de 2014

Harvard Model Congress Europe 2014: A Lifetime Experience

A Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation where teenagers gather to find solutions to some of the world's most relevant issues. 
This weekend, I have had the privilege of attending Harvard Model Congress Europe 2014, a MUN organized by Harvard University which takes place in Madrid. It's amazing to look back and realize how much effort and work I've put into the preparation of this conference. But let's start from the very beginning.
At the end of last year, I got an email from last year's HMCE's committee chairs and members of the board. They announced the launch of the Scholarship HMCE Program, which gave students the opportunity of attending the conference with the fees covered. I decided to try, and against all odds, I got another email saying that I had been granted with a Global Scholarship to attend the conference. I can very proudly say that that email changed the course of my life, even though some of you might think I'm exaggerating.
Well, from that point I started preparing for the conference. Soon I was given the country I'd be representing at the conference (I had the distinct honor of representing the USA at the G8).


Representing the most powerful nation in the world at the G8 was an extremely tough challenge. The topics that the members of the Group of Eight had to debate on were Cyber Security and Intellectual Property Rights Violations. There were some pretty intense discussions inside the committee. My colleagues from the US and I had very different points of view than those from Russia, and even sometimes, the United Kingdom as well. However, we did manage to come to an agreement on both topics. Even though the G8 elaborated one resolution for each topic, only the one regarding IPR violations was accepted by the rest of the international community. Just so you know, after a committee wrote a resolution it had to be presented to the rest of the rooms (IMF, G15, WTO...). This was known as International Summit.
I would like to talk about my personal experience as well. I have attended many other MUN over the past two years, and I can say that HMCE 2014 has been the most enriching one of them all. The interaction of the chairs with each of the delegates made this experience pretty amazing. During the breaks, they gave us tips on how to apply to American colleges and talked to us about their experience at Harvard.
As I see it, it is not until you see yourself in a situation like this, being surrounded by people from so many different social and cultural backgrounds, that you realize how big the world is and how many talented people there are; because there are a lot of competitive people out there willing to give the best of themselves. Not only has this made me learn a lot from them, but it has also forced me to give the very best of what I got inside. Competitiveness isn't a bad thing; in fact, I've learned that it's actually quite necessary for learning how to improve from other people.

HMCE has helped me understand the value of negotiation and understanding each one another. Quoting one of the chairs from HMCE 2014, "life is about finding something you're really passionate about, because then you will be the best at it". I have been able to confirm that my real passion is International Relations. It's what I want to do with my life, I'm 100% sure about it. That's basically why I believe that Harvard Model Congress Europe has changed my life forever; because it has made me realize that dreams are there to be followed, no matter what.
Throughout this weekend, I have listened to inspiring and heart filled speeches delivered by very interesting people (from former US ambassador to Spain & Andorra, Alan Salomon to the Austrian permament representative to the UN). They all talked about their experiences as diplomats, but if there's something that captivated my attention was that the message they were trying to send out was exactly the same: "stay hungry, stay foolish. Be non-conformist and always look for more". 

I can just say thanks HMCE 2014 for changing my life in a way that I shall never forget; thanks for becoming such a valuable lifetime experience.









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