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New York, New York

April 7th, 2010

An unexpected gap in my blog, what happened? It took me a while to realize too, but now I know, so let me share the story with you.

Monday the 29th of April, I got a call from the president of Wooster’s Model UN team. The news was that a spot had opened up on the traveling team to New York City, the question was if I wanted to go. I did not know how to respond or feel. I had been studying for an exam that I had the next day, I had been complaining to people that I was weeks behind on my work. I was way too busy in the current situation, could I leave for New York for a week? My normal response would be to take a deep breath and call my parents. When I am faced with decisions that go beyond my decision making capabilities, I consult my mom and dad. However, 8:30 p.m. in Wooster, OH means 2:30 a.m. in Utrecht, The Netherlands.  First, I conferred with my ResLife supervisor, Aaron. He was sitting next to me and he is more experienced in life than I am. The conclusion of our conversation was that I should go. Then, I called one of my best friends here in Wooster, Itai. The conclusion of our conversation was that the rational thing to do was staying in Wooster. Then, I did not know anymore. I called my dad on his cell phone, and miraculously, he picked up. He told me to go. I sent out 25 emails and made 5 phone calls to tell people that I would be gone for a week. Then I packed my stuff and left.

New York was amazing. It was my fourth time in the city, but that did not make it any less exciting. This time was National Model UN and that was definitely a first for me. More than 1500 students from all over the world had come to the Marriot Marquis to simulate the United Nations. It was great to meet people from so many places. One of the highlights of the trip was a meeting with the real Austrian representative to the United Nations.  The College of Wooster was representing Austria, so his input was very valuable. Another highlight was a visit to the actual United Nations building.
The UN experience was great, but also challenging. I did not have a lot of time to prepare for the conference and international diplomacy is never easy. The trip to New York was not only about UN though. It was also about being with a team of students and enjoying one of the greatest cities on Earth. The two together made for an unforgettable experience.

Well, New York is in the past now and I am back in Wooster. As I said in the beginning of my post, I thought I was behind before I went to New York. I was behind and I took a full week off, now I am behind behind. It teaches me two things: 1. No matter how busy you are, you can always take a week off without devastating consequences. 2. Itai was right.

Bastiaan