On September 30, the Burlingame High School Model UN team attended their first conference of the year at the Mills Model UN Conference. At conferences, club members are assigned specific pressing international issues and debate them from the perspective of an assigned committee or country. The team attends several conferences throughout the year at various universities, such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford. However, the Mills conference is the only “local” conference that is hosted exclusively at the high school level. As a result, it is much smaller in comparison to the conferences at the university level, which attracts delegates from all over the country.
President Anton Bobrov, who was the chair of the USSR committee in a crisis Cold War simulation, strongly encourages beginners to attend this conference. “The Mills conference is the perfect starting point for anyone unsure of joining Model UN due to its relaxed nature,” Bobrov said.
Although the Mills conference is more informal compared to the other conferences, there are still high expectations for the delegates.
“Every year the club officers from the Mills, Burlingame, Aragon and San Mateo clubs meet during the summer to execute a university quality conference for all to attend,” Bobrov said. “The conference is our way to introduce Model UN to those unsure about it and prepare them for the more challenging conferences in the future.”
Senior Model UN member Priya Koliwad highlighted the rigor of the conference.
“The complexity of our topics and committees is on par with some larger conferences,” Koliwad said. “Confidence is the key to being successful in Model UN. You have to really know what you’re talking about and be an expert on your topic and your country’s position in order to be able to come up with feasible solutions.”