Angela Kariuki

Co-chairperson Of General Assembly 2

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“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the world exist. Be curious.” These strong, yet simple words from Stephen Hawking serve to accurately describe the spark in my life that led me to where I am today. It was curiosity that first led me to my very first year at MSMUN, and the same force that drove me to try out for the Junior Chair Training years later. With that same curiosity, I found myself at another milestone of my life, as I applied to join the Executive Committee. Curiosity no matter how strong it is, was however not a main factor that has shaped my life. Out of curiosity, I found something else entirely, namely my voice. I was intrigued as I witnessed the power of expression backed by facts and oratory prowess in the MUN programme. From this experience, I gained enlightenment as to how debate can be used to find solutions rather than constantly complaining about social ills. Moreover life has taught me about failure. I have had quite a number of instances in which I have not been successful. Notably, I failed at my first try of Junior Chair Training, not to mention the fact that I witnessed as one of my resolutions failed at conference. However, this obstacle on the road did not divert me from my path and I still remained with my goal in sight, only with more motivation than before. A year later, I attempted at the training again, this time I achieved what I set out to become. In my aspirations to be a leader like those who have inspired me throughout my time in the MUN programme, I didn’t stop at Junior Chair, but went further to aim for the Executive Committee. True to Henry Ford’s words, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

 

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