In 2016, eleven-year-old Silvia Fang was the youngest student of the TES Model United Nations (MUN) team, participated in a KS3 MUN conference in Beijing. Ever since, Silva has continued to participate and improve, assuming increasing responsibilities. From Junior Delegate, she rose to be a Senior Delegate, a chair and advisor for younger students. Last weekend, she was one of the chairs of the Security Council at TASMUN, one of the most prestigious jobs at MUN.
Here is Silva’s reflection on her MUN journey:
With the ending of TASMUN 2021 also comes the ending of my personal MUN journey. Coming to terms with the fact that this will be the last time I step into an MUN conference room was harder than I thought it would’ve been; I didn’t realise how fleeting time was. I remember being in Year 7, taking that first step into MUN alone. Yet wiith a blink of an eye, here I am, walking out of the school I had first begun my MUN career in for the very last time with people that I never would’ve met if not for MUN.
I am infinitely grateful and honored to have been able to end my journey by chairing one of the most engaged, playful committees I’ve seen -- I couldn’t think of a better way to end my 6 Year dabble in MUN. It’s been such an instrumental part of my life; there was even a point when it seemed like it consumed my everyday life, where I would be writing chair reports when I got home from school and checking over other students’ resolutions as well as writing my own. I’ve met people who have come and left, people who have stayed, and also people who I will probably never know beyond the initial “Hello”. Sure, I was intimidated the first few times, but I’ve also grown to love the adrenaline of debating with others.
TASMUN has been an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s been a wild ride, and a bittersweet one as well. Thank you, MUN.