Everything began on March 18, 2016. One day in which sleeping the night before was not among the options, a day in which there was nothing besides nerves and big expectations on the team that had to carry out what would be the fifth version of the Model of United Nations of the Universidad de los Andes. And yes, that day began the great weekend that we had been dreaming and planning with a year in advance. I remember stopping in the morning and thinking “if we don’t take the leap today, we will never take it”, while I watched around me the 500 delegate that were arriving to the inscriptions with only one goal in their minds: being the greatest delegates of the best model of Latin America. Without waiting for it, truth be told, time passed faster than ever and suddenly, we were in the closing ceremony that would end one of the greatest projects of my life, and for sure, of the life of my teammates, who for a whole year were my family. That weekend I learned one of the greatest lessons: what you love to do, is what leads you to face with satisfaction, commitment and resounding success the greatest challenges.
MONUA, for many, is nothing more than a simulation of the United Nations where students play to save the world through different roles or countries. However, for others, it is one of the best experiences that college life, and school, has given them. I honestly have not met the first person who dares to say that MONUA has not brought them personal and professional growth, and that is precisely what set this model apart from all the rest. The Universidad de los Andes year after year opens its doors to national and international delegates to give themselves the opportunity to challenge themselves, in order to let MONUA leave such an imprint in them that they feel the deep desire for March to arrive so that they can return home. For this reason, MONUA 2017 is preparing to welcome those students who are willing to challenge themselves to learn, to meet different people, to win or to lose, to go beyond their own limits, but above all, to challenge themselves to grow and achieve success.
Delegates, if I can assure you something, is that being part of MONUA 2017 will allow you to assume one of the most challenging experiences that exists in terms of Models of United Nations in Colombia. The truth is that we are ready to see in action the best heads of State or ministers in the Presidential Council, o the prominent magistrates and lawyers discussing about one of the most major moments of our country in the Special Court for Peace, and why not, the brightest and versatile delegates being surprised by the crisis with higher academic level that are brought by the Crisis Committees and the AD HOC.
For these reasons, do cast doubt upon the fact that the greatest experiences are those that come accompanied by a little courage, perseverance, passion and by people that are willing to follow their dreams, and in this model, nothing is more important than your desire to play as a team in order to build a different reality. Keep in mind that our main goal will always be for you to go through the door of an auditorium thinking “I made it”. Once again, and full of excitement, the staff of the sixth version of MONUA extends the invitation to build your own challenges and that on March 2017, along with us, you give yourselves the chance to face them. We only have one question left for you, after taking the leap, are you ready to come back and assume the challenge?
We are waiting for you at MONUA 2017!
Valentina Díaz Moya