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How to Prepare for a Conference

STEPS TO PREPARE FOR A M.U.N. CONFERENCE:
 
Pre-Preparations:
Step 1: Check the date, check with parents &/or other commitments (job, band, sports, etc.) to make sure you can go.
 
Step 2: Request your committee/topic with Mr. Reagan as soon as they're available - sometimes done at Wednesday meetings, sometimes earlier by email. PLEASE don't waste our time by signing up for a conference you can't attend.  Very rude - it wastes our time and takes good spots away from people who actually are committed. 
 
Once you know your topic, committee, & country:
Step 3: Print out, and thoroughly read,  your Topic Synopsis -  provided on the website of the host school.  This helps guide your further research.
 
Step 4: RESEARCH - Spend a few hours researching each of the 3 main components of your Position Paper (Background, Past Actions, Country Policy). 
A) Position Papers - Required for almost every conference, and by far the best way to prepare to represent your country in committee.  If you can't write one, you're not prepared to speak on your topic yet.  Writing them is difficult the first time, and especially for the country policy section.  Work with friends in the same committee, and/or email or talk to any officer for help anytime.  Proper format is standard, although slightly different at various schools. Before emailing it to your chair, make sure it's formatted according to their school's expectations, which can always be found on their website.  Here's our Cal High Position Paper Format, including a sample. After you've created your masterpiece submit it to condormun@gmail.com.
 
B) Sources - Sometimes you will be required to turn in to us, before your Position Paper is due, a list of sources as proof that you're actually researching and preparing for the conference.  It's just a list of the sources you've read (& printed), with a 1 sentence summary of what it told you about your topic.  Here's a great sample.
 
C) Resolutions - Mira Costa is the only conference we go to that requires you to turn in Resolutions before the conference instead of Position Papers.  You can get a good sample, and description of them from the "Delegate's Guide" on their site www.mchsmun.org
 
Step 5: MONEY - You're researching, writing your position paper, and the conference is now 1-2 weeks away.  Have you "donated" or fund-raised for the conference yet?  When is that due?
 
Step 6: YOUR COUNTRY - Your position paper is about done, but recent developments can affect things in committee.  Although doing the Country Profile helped a little, it's also a good idea to find some regular news on your nation, as well as your topic, just so you have the most up-to-date info on your topic, your nation's major issues, and your nation's views of the world. 
 
Step 7: CLOTHING - Ok, you've turned in your position paper, & you've paid for the conference.  Now only 2 things left - First, clothes.  Do you need to go shopping, get something dry-cleaned/washed/ironed, etc?  Don't wait until Friday night - dry cleaners take a couple days, and parents don't like last minute "I NEED______ !!!!!"   Not sure what the appropriate dress code is?  Look it up online - you'll find plenty of pictures, and maybe some humorous youtube clips as well.
 
Step 8:  SUPPLIES - You should put together an MUN binder with all of your research, pertinent handouts (vocab, sample resolutions, etc).  Get a notebook to take notes in, bring a few pens or pencils, maybe even any medical supplies, small snack, etc. Many students will even print out a color copy of their nation's flag and slide it into their binder to make themselves visible, and memorable. 
 
Finally:  Get a good night's sleep, and don't be late to meet your team at the designated time and location. Show up with all of your supplies, including a great attitude, ready to have fun, meet new people, and excited to SAVE the WORLD!  (:^D)