Life Changing Experience-THIMUN

“No one is going to hand me success. I must go out & get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself.”

Last week was one of the best weeks of my entire life!

About two months ago in December I wrote a blog about the O-MUN program and how I  was going to one of the biggest MUN conferences in the world called THIMUN.  Because of this great program, taking a whole delegation to THIMUN from all over the world.  So last week was THIMUN week and it was really incredible. I got to meet my online team for the first time face to face in the Netherlands! It was really exciting!

It is really sad now that the conference is over and I don’t know when I may ever meet any of my team members again. But we did this mainly to spread O-MUN, and I am really happy that hopefully we accomplished a lot of great things for the O-MUN program at THIMUN!

The conference was held in the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, City of Peace and Justice, with over 3,500 participants from around 200 schools from all over the world! I was representing OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) in the Special Conference on Energy and Sustainability. The topic I focused on the most was the consequences of the production of the shale gas; it is a very interesting topic.

The great thing I loved about the conference was that students from all over the world participated in it, and if I had never joined this conference I would have probably never met any people from the places I did last week! For example, some of the students I met were from Pakistan, Lebanon and Kuwait and that was really interesting!

As a Muslim Arab Israeli citizen, I was very surprising to a lot of people. I learned that a lot of people do not know about the Arabs living in Israel! It was not that surprising for me since Israel defines itself as the Jewish state, as if the Arabs living in Israel do not exist! It was interesting for the other students as well to learn more history about Palestine, and I am glad I got the chance to explain it to them.

The conference was a great experience for me! I got to learn about new topics, meet new people and visit awesome places like the Peace Palace in The Hague!

The great things about going to this conference with the online delegation were that the students on the team were the coolest and kindest people you would ever meet! I am really glad I got to be a part of this journey. If it was not for O-MUN I would have never even known about THIMUN!

During my stay at The Hague, I got to learn new things every day by hanging out with my team after the conference. It was really interesting meeting people from different countries and learning a little more about their cultures! Even though all of the team members had different cultures and religions, it was never brought up, like there was no tension at all. We were an awesome, cool team!

We were the most unique delegation at THIMUN!

It was an honour meeting each and every one of the great O-MUN team. Thank you so much for the incredible experience and the great hilarious memories,  and most importantly thank you very much to Ms Lisa Martin for making all of this possible for us.

You are more than welcome to read about our experiences in the “Laptops to Podium Tops” journal on the OMUN website.

About the Author
Salam Raed Keadan is a senior at Al-Qasemi High School in Baqa al Gharbiyye, a predominantly Arab city near Haifa. Salam is Israel's executive administrative officer in the Online Model United Nations program (O-MUN). She has attended four MUN conferences, including one in Turkey and will represent Israel at THIMUN in the Hague in January 2013