Day 1 began yesterday at 4:30 am when we all met at San Diego’s Terminal 1 to catch our Southwest flight to Baltimore and then on to Hartford. From there we caught a shuttle to our hotel in New Haven, where we promptly checked in and then checked out our winter gear with a brisk walk to the legendary Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria.
This morning we were able to sleep in, get some work done, and further prep for the conference. Our day began when we all met in the lobby at 10:30 am and walked to the Atticus Bookstore Café where we met two LJCDS alum, Brandon Camp and Randall Kras, both of whom graduated in 2016. Our delegates were able to ask them questions about their studies, their lives here at Yale, and college life in general. Next, we went to the Yale University Art Gallery before heading to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which featured an authentic, pristine copy of the Guttenberg Bible.
After a break at the hotel to get ready, we met up again at 4:15 to walk over to the Omni Hotel where delegates grabbed an early dinner, attended delegate training, and joined 1600 other students at the Opening Ceremonies at Woolsey Hall for YMUN, the largest MUN Conference on an Ivy League campus. The opening speaker, a former ambassador and assistant to Secretary of State Rice, spoke of his experiences from India, the Philippines and Zimbabwe. Delegates then headed to their first committee session until at 11 pm, and we advisors headed to an advisor meeting!
Tomorrow is a day full of “Yale Day” activities, including a lecture, another lunch with alumni, a tour of Yale’s campus, and a “Yale Showcase” featuring many of Yale’s performing arts groups. Delegates will be back in community sessions starting tomorrow at 4:30 pm.