First things first, I should begin by saying that ‘Summer School on Diplomacy 2017’ was the project that has changed my life!
Having been my first ever contact with UN Youth Association of Romania, I was pleasantly surprised by this fulfilling and enriching experience. Last year’s general theme was ‘Brexit – Unfolding EU’s future’, a very broad and limitless subject. The interesting lectures, workshops, but also debates and negotiations classes held by numerous experts have made the edition a very complex one, unfolding indeed many approaches on the Brexit issue. From diplomats to professors and experts, the speakers were brought from diverse fields, in order for the participants to gain different perspectives on the issue. Each and every one of them made the lectures as interactive as possible, bringing powerpoint presentations, some materials for us to read and they were more than willing to answer all of our questions.
One more fascinating aspect of this project is that it brings people together, from every imaginable walk of life! Last year, there were people from Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands, but also Vietnam and Pakistan (to name a few), all brought together by the mutual passion which is diplomacy. I believe that the academic part of the project has been reached with the help of those diverse people, through their incredible knowledge and know-how, each leaving a certain input on the project.
Summer School on Diplomacy is the right place to be if you want to have the best academic experience of your life and meet new and amazing people who share the same interests as yours! The vibrant life of Bucharest is one more bonus to this experience, the social activities of this event being the right opportunity to get to know the other participants.
To me, this event marked a new chapter, as I fell in love with the lovely organising team, and it was the one thing that convinced me to join UN Youth Romania – Bucharest Branch, now being a part of this year’s organising team!