As the curtain fell on the 11th annual session of MEDI.MUN, an atmosphere of melancholy and sadness circles the Cultural Centre of the European University where the Closing Ceremony tookplace. The seats gradually began filling up and when everyone was eventually seated, MEDI.MUN Senior Director Mr. James Lodge moved to the stage to deliver his speech. He was extremely pleased, and of course proud to announce that this year’s MEDI.MUN was the largest one yet, and one of the most productive ones. He emphasised on how grateful he was for everybody’s help, and special thanks were given to the directors for their constructive criticism.
Many more surprises awaited the delegates, organisers and managers of the room, commencing with an address by the commander of UNFICYP and a serving General in the Norwegian Army, Major General Kristin Lund. All eyes and ears were focused on Ms. Lund as she delivered her passionate speech and kind words. Following the speech was a musical interlude by two members of the English School Senior Choir, Jessica and Julia Jenkins, who performed a song, with Jessica playing the guitar and both of them singing. Their immense skill and talent had all eyes fixed on them in awe and a big round of applause was awarded for their beautiful presentation. That was not all concerning the entertainment of the ceremony as suddenly the lights dimmed and a video was projected, of all the best and funniest moments of MEDI.MUN. The video had everyone smiling with a twinge of sadness in their eyes as they acknowledged that all these experiences had become memories, especially for the seventh years who would be unable to attend next year.
Finally the president of the General Assembly, Mehmet Goksu, the Deputy Secretary General, Melina Lambrou and the Secretary General, Marianna Lordou rose to give their memorable final words. “When I stood on the podium three years ago, I was just a scared little boy, but when I left that podium, that little boy had disappeared.” Mehmet offers his supporting words to all newcomers of MEDI.MUN, nostalgic of the years he had come to love and enjoy despite his hard work and dedication. “Responsbility comes with a lot of hard work, which can be tiring and restless, but nevertheless it has been rewarding.” Melina says and proceeds to thank all the managers for their own hard work and time they have put into making this MEDI.MUN resplendent. Lastly, Marianna Lordou stands up to deliver the last speech of this year’s MEDI.MUN and officially pronounce this session closed, but not before she gives her inspiring words to all the delegates and members. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” she quotes descirbing her journey through MEDI.MUN, initially as a reporter for Medinews, a delegate, a chair and now, the Secretary General of the 11th annual session of MEDI.MUN. With hope and ambition for the years to come, everyone unhurriedly stood up to leave, bringing this life-changing experience to an end.