Blogger: Nicholas Yeh
After 5 long weeks of break, I was happy to be back in school. I had some pretty cool classes, some pretty awesome professors, and a really great schedule. Yet, despite all that, I left on the Friday of the first week of school to the Netherlands. Yup, I basically skipped the entire second week of school to be in the Netherlands.
Mind you, it wasn’t just for fun, or for a longer holiday, I mean 5 weeks is a pretty long break as is. I was in The Hague, Netherlands for a week because I am the director of an Online Model UN Organization, and was the team director of our third travel team to THIMUN (The Hague International MUN) conference. I was there last year as a team chaperone, and this year I was one of the team directors. My role at the conference, was not just for my students, but also for outreach. I manned a booth at the conference, trying to draw students and teachers to our organization. My day-to-day activities included mentoring my students, to speaking with other directors and teachers, to hanging out with my students later in the day. As someone who wants to teach in my future, and potentially IR, it was a great opportunity for me, as always, to work with students and engage with teachers who do these types of things on a regular basis.
Besides my time at the conference, I also had the opportunity to explore the Netherlands through the food and sights. I got to try some new things this year such as Kroket (fried rolls with gravy/meat fillings), Frinkandel (fried hotdogs), and some other stuff. When we had a day trip in Amsterdam, I had a chance to visit the Van Gogh Museum and go on a canal cruise. I also go to take my team to this famous seafood restaurant in the coastal part of The Hague.
All in all, I am glad that I went to the conference, and am so grateful that my professors were so understanding for allowing me to miss school. For those who are planning similar trips off campus, I recommend you letting your professors know early, so that you can have the opportunity to do make up work ahead of time. I turned in a couple assignments early, and while I was at the conference, so letting your professors know where you will be, makes things a lot easier.