Six Ways To Prepare For BruinMUN: A Beginner’s Guide

Is this your first Model United Nations conference? Are you unsure on how to prepare? If so, consider the following six ways to impress your committee that might, if done well, win you an award:

by Hilda Loury

1) Read your background guide at least twice, and take notes. One of the best ways to feel comfortable in committee is to be familiar with the issues. The background guide provides facts and figures that are important to know. Bonus points for conducting further research.

Research is key

Research is key

2) Research your country. The most prepared delegates are those who are familiar with their country’s foreign policy. A delegate who can recite relevant facts and figures about their country are sure to gain respect and credibility from their peers. A Google or Wikipedia search will do the trick.

3) Dress to impress. An aesthetic outfit not only looks good, but it feels good, too. Dress well, and you will radiate ambition and confidence. Proper hygiene is a must. Bonus points for a statement piece. Review the following guidelines of Western Business Attire here.

4) Bring your laptop, and relevant chargers. Having your laptop on hand will allow you to look up additional information in the middle of committee (though you should only do this in unmoderated caucus). You can also type up resolutions, which will make you stand out and look busy [*cough* awards].

Interacting with delegates that sit close to you can be an effective way to gain allies

Interacting with delegates that sit close to you can be an effective way to gain allies

5) Find colleagues and allies in your committee. Self-explanatory. A powerful team is the secret to support on resolutions and proposals and success. Also, new Facebook friends!

6) Don’t be afraid to speak up. Chances are other people are just as nervous as you. Ask a question when you are unsure what is going on, it is likely that someone else is lost, too. If you speak with authority and confidence, almost anything can sound intelligent and relevant.