Between meeting Pope Francis, hearing a speech by their own Matteo Renzi, and parading through the historical streets of Rome - the be.boosted delegation, with their Canadian stickers and their Justin Trudeau quotes at the ready, shone every step of the way representing Canada at the Harvard World Model United Nations 2016. We debated passionately, negotiated skillfully, spent hours into the nights talking strategies, and made sure our motivation reflected in our committee rooms.
We pushed our limits, worked on our weaknesses, and discovered things about ourselves (and each other) that we had no idea existed. Some faced the most difficult situations diplomacy has to offer. Some partnered with people they'd never expect to collaborate with. Some discovered new drinking limits. Some found ways of dealing with things not going their way (and with that their emotional balconies). Some found romance, some found friendships, and some found people they never want to see again. No matter what our different experiences were, one thing we cannot deny is the bond we shared both within our own be.boosted team, but with others as well.
Over 2000 people from all countries and corners of the world gathered at this conference to share more than just their opinion on topic A or B, but to share their lives with people who are just as passionate as they are about impacting the world. We danced to Latin American music, drank Japanese sake, chanted along to greek anthems, experienced impressive African dance moves, and built life-long connections with people who, in some cases, only get to leave their country once a year due to governmental restrictions.
Cultures did not clash, instead they flourished and merged into unique friendships and bonds we will cherish forever. Rome may have one of the most culturally complex and beautiful histories in the world, but the history we made for ourselves in this timeless city will be preserved with just as much importance and passion as the ageless Roman ruins.