I’ll admit it. The first day of the conference, as one of the people in the Spanish speaking committee on human rights, I thought about drinking tap water so I wouldn’t have to do it again. No worries, I would never do that, but it definitely crossed my mind. Luckily, the second day was a lot better. I finally understood how things worked and was prepared to be called on when I wanted to say something and also when I didn’t.    The fourth session started off very productively. We worked on the solutions for our first topic about the Syrian refugee crisis. Things changed drastically, however, when the three best delegates (the ones who always volunteer to participate and have literal binders of research) left the committee to type our working paper of solutions. I had voted for these three to work on the paper, but the moment they left the room I realized my mistake. We were still in a simple caucus (when delegates confer with each other about the solutions in an orderly manner), but with the others gone along with our working paper, there was nothing left to talk about so many of us were joking around and one of the crazier delegates and his friend started to pick on one another. The moderator tried to control them, but couldn’t even keep it together himself, so he made us all sit in silence for three minutes, with everyone on the edge of awkward silence laughter. Finally, two delegates burst out laughing and then everyone did. The committee continued like this for a few minutes, while I stared at my hands and concentrated on being silent between fits of laughter. When the same two delegates couldn’t keep it together, they were asked to go outside. The moment they stepped through the door, they burst out laughing with more force than I’ve ever heard anyone laugh with before and this, of course, started a new wave of laughter as we all watched them completely lose it through the glass wall. All in all, it was a very unusual but entertaining session to say the least.

Christy B.