I would like to take a moment and talk about myself (because white people never do that, right?). As a first-timer here at HMUN, the aspect that I have found most thrilling about the entire experience is being in the presence of countless individuals from around the world. Being white and living my entire life in an area where white people comprise 99.9% of the population, I have never once sat in a room in which I was the minority.
I have experienced that here at HMUN.
As someone that has always been in the majority, this has been an enlightening experience for me. While I still have much to learn about the world and my own privilege, I can say that being surrounded by countless varieties of ethnicities, races, religions, etc., whether they live tens, hundreds, or thousands of miles away, I have never felt more in touch with the global community. In just two days here, I have come in contact with fascinating individuals from Peru, Ecuador, England, India, and China to name a few. I have had the pleasure of hearing about different school systems, testing regulations, sports, and ways of life in general, as well as a multitude of authentic opinions. Oh, and the many different accents are also super intriguing. I could listen to the British people talk for hours.
Here at HMUN, one learns that age truly does not matter, as a freshman can just as easily out-debate a senior, rather than the other way around, as people may normally presume. One learns that not everyone of the same age as them have the same mindset or beliefs, as people may normally presume. One learns that the world is not at all like the area in which they have lived their entire life, as people may normally presume.
I would like to thank in advance all of the amazing people I have met at this conference; my experience certainly would not have been so fulfilling without you. I am so very grateful for being given this opportunity to be part of such an intricate, varying crowd. Connecting with such diverse individuals is truly an experience that I will never forget, and I hope to have many similar encounters in the future.