TROJAN WAR: TROJANS
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Veer Sobti

Dear Delegates,

It is with my warmest regards that I welcome you to ILMUNC 35 and one of the most interesting crisis committees we will be running at conference!

First, just a little bit about myself. I was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and have pretty much spent my entire life living in that area. I attended the Horace Mann School, where I first got involved with Model UN, from 6th grade onwards. Outside of MUN, I was very involved in athletics in High School. I was a member of the varsity swim and water polo teams, and was selected to be the captain of the water polo team my senior year. I also enjoyed playing spikeball on our school’s main field at all hours of the school day. I am currently studying in a dual-degree program known as VIPER, looking to major in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching sports, and am a huge Game of Thrones fan.

I am excited for the amazing few days we will have together debating one of the most significant mythological events ever seen displayed in a committee before. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have before or even during conference, whether it be about ILMUNC or UPenn in general. I am always happy to meet new delegates and help them in any way possible.

Best Regards,

Veer Sobti

Crisis Director, Trojans
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Grace Kilpatrick

Dear Delegates,

It is my honor to welcome you all to this year’s ILMUNC and to serve as your chair for this committee. The Trojan War, known for its brutality romanticized in Hollywood, offers unique insight into ancient Greek culture. Originally documented in Homer’s Iliad, the stories of the war have been retold for centuries. Now, is your opportunity to bring to life one of the most famous conflicts in the history of the civilization. I look forward to hearing your individual perspectives on such a complicated issue and learning from the ideas formulated throughout the course of the conference.

Model UN had a huge impact on my high school career. I joined my high school team as a nervous freshman and instantly fell in love. I served as publicity chair on our model UN board sophomore and junior year, as well as president of the team my senior year. My favorite aspect of being a part of the team, however, was my role in executing our own regional Model UN conference. Working as both a crisis staffer and as Secretary General, I learned how rewarding planning a successful experience for delegates, staffers, and advisors alike can truly be. In high school, my model UN experience was coupled with membership in other global-oriented clubs and non profits. In college, my focus has moved towards healthcare as I pursue a degree in Nursing and Healthcare Management through Wharton and the Nursing School. However, international relations and politics still continue to be major interest areas of mine.

I encourage you to use this committee as a chance to learn not just about the issue or the role you play, but about yourself. Challenge your own political thought, try a new cooperative negotiating style, make a powerful speech, or take a side you might not be normally inclined to stand by. It takes willingness to learn and look from outside the box to make positive change in a complicated environment. Be willing to take a step back and question your initial beliefs in order to form new ones.

Engaging in the Trojan War is no small task, and the days spent at conference will be both stressful and exciting. I can’t wait to be there alongside you in January! Feel free to reach out at any time with questions or comments and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sincerely,

Grace Kilpatrick

Chair, Trojans
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference