By Eric Moyer

Model United Nations

Many people come into committee with the false expectation to fail. I, however, was thrust into committee with the intention of failing. Having come to CONA with the expectation of being a media delegate, you can imagine my surprise when I learned that I would be presenting my proposal this year. I was told to follow my proposal until it fails, which was hopefully fast. Then, I could serve as a media delegate.

Should be easy. Just slip in a few lines like, “Now, I forgot my research, but …” or “It wouldn’t really change much, so …,” and move on to the media compound in the basement of the Blue Ridge Center. At least that is what I thought.

Many of you know the attachment we feel to our proposals. They are our babies. Most of us feel a great amount of passion toward the topic and spend hours hammering our proposals out. Getting up and letting your proposal fail is almost inhumane. So I presented my proposal within a close margin to the best of my ability. Still letting some con arguments go, still letting my lack of preparation be clear, I sat down proud of my representation, and sure that my proposal failed.

I write this after presenting my proposal in second committee. Many delegates put an immense amount of effort into passing, but do not succeed. I, somehow, managed to do the opposite.

(You’ll have to excuse me. It was really hard not to write this like a proponents speech.)