Secretariat of the Zone 2 Conference
Secretary General | Logos International School, Cambodia
Greetings! My name is Tehsin Hsieh, and I will be your TZ2 Secretary-General. I started Model UN in the 8th grade and being a somewhat shy middle schooler, I was petrified when going into my first conference. But it’s been a few years since then, and I have developed a lot as a MUN participant and a person during that time. During the past year, I was also given the opportunity to organise and work with Yale students for YMUNT. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was cancelled. But those few months of working with experienced students allowed me to dive in deeper into the organisational aspect of MUN conference, and I hope to use these skills when organising NBMUN.
On a personal note, I’m from Taiwan, but I’m currently residing in Cambodia. Going from a place where everything is more developed, to a place where everything is in the process of development is definitely a challenge. But that doesn’t mean there’s less opportunity. During my stay in Cambodia, I’ve been able to go on mission trips with NGOs to help people who are suffering from poverty. These trips range from delivering rice and resources to providing medical assistance. But that’s only one part of my life. Most of my time is spent at school and as a third culture kid, I’m constantly surrounded by people of different nationalities, races and cultures; the exposure of different cultures and backgrounds not only shaped my understanding of others, but also my understanding of myself.
Deputy Secretary General | Mahindra International School Pune, India
Hi, my name is Shreya Margale from Pune, India. NBMUN demarcates my 13th MUN conference, and 2nd time in a Secretariat role. Over the past 4 years, I have attended a variety of international and local conferences in the capacity of a Chair and delegate, and organised one very recently. MUN has been an integral part of my high school experience, as through its medium I have met and connected with students from around the world, visited new places, and developed a vested interest in global issues. Discussing these global issues with ethnically and culturally diverse students has shown perspectives that I was not aware of before, or contributed to realisations about myself.
One of my key learnings from MUN, that have helped perpetuate my role as a global citizen is the important understanding that diverse opinions are inherent, but it is more important to put aside differences and strive for middle ground. This realisation brought forth a redefined idea of who a global citizen should be. More than the places I have visited and the people I connected with, I now know that global awareness and a drive for solutions is what truly makes me a global citizen. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter". I try and embody this ideology by speaking up, and hope to continue to, as I think truly caring, is what makes me, or anyone for that matter, a global citizen.
Under Secretary General | Korea International School, Republic of Korea
Hello! My name is Andrew Choi, and I will be serving as the Under-Secretary-General for Timezone 2. I have participated in several international MUN conferences as a chair, but NBMUN will be my first time as a secretariat. MUN is a massive part of my high school career so far, and I hope everyone can see MUN's value. Participating in various conferences has helped me grow as a MUNer and understand the real problem the world has. I hope NBMUN's multiple choices in the style of MUN enables participants to step out of their comfort zone and gain valuable experiences. I am very excited to see what delegates bring to the discussions and their fruitful debates.
We are all global citizens but we use different forms to express ourselves being global. My way of expression is voicing out my opinions towards the problems the world face today. Voicing out our opinions helps to craft the solutions for the difficulties and exchange ideas that may be innovative. I hope my participation in MUN conferences and measures to improve our society impacts the world on a positive note.
Under Secretary General | Taipei American School, Taiwan
Hi. My name is Patrick Lin, and I am a soon-to-be Junior at Taipei American School. MUN has been a vital part of my life at Taipei American. One of the best things about attending a private, international school is the traveling opportunities gifted to us as part of our school’s extracurricular program. As a result of extensively partaking myself in our school’s extracurricular program, I’ve since developed a strong multi-national network of connections that I cherish every single day. I am glad to call those I've bonded with at MUN conferences my friends.
My MUN career ignited in 5th Grade as a page. I can still picture myself as a little kid running across the room passing notes, while quietly admiring professional delegates discussing pertinent global issues. Over the next few years, I've progressed from a page to a delegate, student officer, and now a Secretariat member of NBMUN. NBMUN marks my 12th MUN conference, and my 5th year participating in MUN. I am very excited to embark on a new journey in my MUN career as a Secretariat member of a truly online, global MUN conference.
Under Secretary General | American School in Japan, Japan
Good (insert greeting relevant to local timezone)! My name is Kai Etheridge from the American School In Japan. The start of NBMUN will mark the fourth year of my MUN career, which spans three countries and a spectrum of experience from being the honorable delegate to a humble member of a Secretariat team. I am currently working with my school’s MUN club to host a virtual conference, so by the time NBMUN’s opening gavel digitally rings, I’ll be prepared to bring the best virtual experience to the delegates of this conference. To me, a global citizen does the following: listens to other perspectives, advocates for their own opinions, and, most importantly acts upon said perspectives and opinions. From questioning arguments in a debate rebuttal, serving the local community as a boy scout, or competing with an international cohort of young engineers on the robotics stage, I’ve done my best to adhere to these three tenets. Above all, however, I believe that MUN is one of a handful of activities that demand the full abilities of a global citizen. While at times MUN exposes what remains as barriers to global cooperation, this, too, serves as an opportunity for me to channel my energy into chipping away such barriers and further commit myself to the idea of global citizenship.