Who pulls the ropes when no one is looking? Meet the organising team for our XVth edition.
THE SECRETARY GENERAL – MISS JULIA-ELIZA BOCA
This is your cue, Delegates! Get ready to roll out the red carpet, adjust your trumpets and… well, alright, maybe that was a bit overboard. Anyway, get ready to at least stand up from your comfy chairs, for we are about to present to you the Secretary General of GalMUN 2018! It seems only fitting that such an image of power be projected onto a girl no taller and no heavier than a child, as this only serves to prove how far we can all come as long as we know how to get the job done. And if you’re wondering exactly what that job is, there is no better person to explain it to you than Julia herself:
Julia: “It’s a huge position which involves many things- responsibility, team work and, something that took me quite a while to figure out, the ability to understand when it’s time to step down. I am the big coordinator. Alongside my partner, Maia, I oversee what’s going on at all times, I try to make sure that the Conference runs smoothly and that we manage to build it up as a team. In fact, I think that putting together a team which can work well without fighting and bickering all the time is, perhaps, my most important role.”
Journalist: It is, indeed. Now, let’s think back a little, seeing as we have all been there. How were you as a Delegate and how have you progressed since then? How do you want to see yourself and how would you like the others to see you as a member of the Board now?
Julia: “To be honest, I only participated two times in GalMUN as a Delegate. During my first MUN, I was extremely scared and had no idea what was going on. My sister, who was chairing another committee back then, simply advised me to shut up, because keeping your mouth shut is better than making a fool out of yourself. I am very stubborn, though, so I went against that advice and spent most of the Conference talking, talking, talking… I do know that I actually had no solid grasp of the things that were going on and I felt terrified, but all of that amounted to plenty of experience, so the next time I took part in GalMUN, I was very confident and didn’t open my mouth if I didn’t have anything relevant to say.”
Well, one thing is for sure: while that real-life family member may have regretted her advice about shutting up, the GalMUN one simply embraced its enthusiastic newbie quite dearly. As Julia herself put it, one of the greatest things about taking part in such an event is building solid friendships. Even when it so happens that they are built over a mocking innuendo during Coffee Break. One should never underestimate the power of a deeply misunderstood Point of information or that of an off-the-course speech in bonding with the others.
Journalist: What is your favourite part about being the Secretary General? What about the least favourite? Is there anything that worries you or anything that you regret about not being directly involved in the sessions, neither chairing the committees nor participating in the debate?
Julia (without a moment’s thought): The best part about holding this position is that people look up to you. And for that, even if there are others who may have more experience, I must be the one who keeps everything running perfectly. I must bring forward the best version of myself, squashing my flaws- yes, I know that’s difficult to believe and even more difficult to put into practice- and simply being the best I can be. I can’t afford to be silly or fool around.
And if you’re thinking that that means putting quite a lot of pressure on yourself, then you must brace yourself for what’s about to come:
Julia: The worst part… It pains me to say this, but I was sometimes forced to take action against the other members of my team, when I felt like they were disobeying me. It always feels uncharacteristic of me to be this bossy and harsh, because I always wish and try to be their friend. Sometimes, you just can’t, though. It’s part of my job to make sure people do what I say.
It goes without saying that being looked up to doesn’t always come with a cute little ribbon on top. In fact, we can all agree that there are times when you just have to buckle up and, you know, do what you gotta do. So, Julia, we feel you! That’s a promise!
As far as her regrets related to this year’s session are concerned, we will have to keep quiet for a while. For now, all we can say is that this is a crazy world we live in these days… Care to know more? Then don’t miss the Opening Ceremony!
Journalist: What do you, personally, wish to get out of this session?
Julia: Oh, I haven’t really thought about it. But I can say for sure that when I took up this position, I knew there would be no “Julia-time” anymore. My phone keeps buzzing all the time; it’s crazy how many things you have to do! So, I know that what I’m about to say will sound a little weird, since it doesn’t seem personal, but to me, it is very important: I want everyone to be happy! The Chairpersons, the coordinating teachers, everyone who is involved in the organisation of this conference… I want to make the time to meet all of the Delegates who will have prepared themselves so much for those 3 days, and I want to make sure that their enthusiasm and pure joy stay with me for as long as possible.
Alright, remember what I said about the crazy world we live in? Let me just mention that it doesn’t seem that crazy anymore…
Journalist: Would you like to send a message to the future Secretary General/Deputy Secretary General?
Whoever you might be, heads up, this one’s for you!
Julia: Dear future Secretary General, I had no idea I was going to fill this position 3 months ago. For me, it was a moment’s decision. If you do the same, I suggest you EXTRA-prepare yourself for the responsibility it involves. And please don’t forget this little piece of advice that is actually meant for myself, too: I used to think everyone was always against me, disagreeing with me and constantly fighting back. You and I have to step back. You and I have to understand that this entire team shares a common goal- making the conference run smoothly. Don’t abuse your – my- power! And yet, remember that you’re in the higher position!
Well, dear Delegates, it’s safe to declare that this is your cue. Please stand for the hunter, the (amateur-)writer, the friend, the driving force, the no-more-me-time-for-way-more-you-time creative mind! Please stand for the Secretary General of GalMUN 2018!
THE DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL – MISS MAIA ALEXANDRA RUSU
Maia Rusu, as energetic and enthusiastic about GalMUN as ever, proceeded with fiercely engaging in the interview that was to shed some real light on matters of utmost importance such as, but not limited to the weight of a common mountain, and her involvement in GalMUN’s creation process. If you want to get to know one “very talkative and opinionated” hunter, as she puts it, well, we have you covered since this one is about our beloved Deputy Secretary General.
Journalist: “Please tell us a little about what your role involves.”
Maia: “My role in the session as Deputy Secretary General is to make sure that everything is in order, everything is planned, everything is organised properly, and everything is perfect for the conference.”
Now, let’s not be fooled by what would seem at first some obsessive control issues, as our Deputy Secretary General’s true intentions are of a purely good nature. After all, putting together a conference of GalMUN’s prestige and renown calls for somebody in possession of an iron will (and fist).
Journalist: “How about you tell us how you were as a Delegate and how have you progressed since then? How do you see yourself and how would you like others to see you in the position that you occupy right now?”
Maia: “I have certainly evolved in terms of speaking more, in terms of being more secure on what I say. I learned to have more confidence because I used to be afraid of what others thought of me, of what others would think about what I say or about how I act. Now I do just what I think is right, I ask for opinions of course, but I don’t focus as much on what other people think about me. I just try to make sure that what I do is right for everyone.”
Heard that? Confidence comes with experience, in time. So don’t be afraid of expressing yourself, and trust your guts (and brain) when going for something you believe in.
Journalist: “Are you a hunter or a gatherer?”
Maia: “Hmm… I guess I would consider myself more of a hunter. I don’t like to hoard a lot of things, I don’t like to keep things, aside from, let’s say, childhood memories, or certain things from the past. I think of something that I want, I go for it, I achieve it, I get it, and then I move on to another.”
Well, well… does that ring a bell? This “Veni, vidi, vici” sounding phrase proves us one more time that our Deputy Secretary General is not only a hunter, but also a real fighter and achiever.
Journalist: “What’s your favourite part about being Deputy Secretary General? What about your least favourite one?”
Maia: “My favourite part would be seeing us as a team evolving together. The fun we have behind the scenes definitely makes all the hard work worth it. And my least favourite parts…(sighs) I guess would be all the misunderstandings that result from miscommunication…they kind of dampen the mood…”
Obviously, the saying about effective communication being the cornerstone of any great team is famous for a good reason.
Journalist: “Knowledge or creativity?”
Maia: (more confident than ever) “Creativity. Creativity all the way.”
Journalist: “What do you personally wish to get out of this session?”
Maia: “I just want to see GalMUN evolve into a better conference. I want to see more people become more and more involved with it. I want them to be dying for it to happen!”
Told you that she has good intentions…
Journalist: “How much does a mountain weigh?”
Maia: (after what seemed like a quiet eternity, but was only about five minutes) “More than Alin(chair of ICJ, sitting right next to her during the interview)!” (laughs proudly)
Journalist: “Fair enough… Finally, do you have a message for the future Deputy Secretary General?”
Maia: “My dear future Deputy Secretary General, try to be as open minded as possible, and make compromises, but never bend to others’ will. Know for sure what you want, but never forget that you also have to take into account others’ opinions.”
Unfortunately for you, information hunters (or gathers?), that was our most outstanding interview with our most outstanding Deputy Secretary General. A really substantial insight into what it takes and what it’s like to be a Board Member, don’t you think so?