Before college, “Conferences” was a time of the year where instead of going to school your parents had (incredibly long and amazingly uncomfortable) conversations with your teachers. Sometimes you were dragged along to “share your perspective” but mostly you remember making popcorn and staying in you pajamas all day long.
In college, “Conferences” require effort. Instead of a day in bed “Conferences” typically entail an entire week/weekend of “breakout sessions” in uncomfortable rooms with strangers. You have to plan them, register, coordinate funding, arrange transportation and (most of all) pack according to the agenda and itinerary you are provided. Many of them are held in the Spring forcing the over-involved to choose where to spend their time. Literally where since “Conferences” can take you all over the state, country or world depending on the organization. Typically, mine are held during the busiest weeks on my schedule wedged in between tests and meetings for other organizations.
That being said, “Conferences” in college pay off. I have met amazing people and connected with fellow Wildcats during the road trips, dinners, hotel stays and countless “breakout sessions” during my time here at K-State. As I prepare to head to another conference this weekend I encourage you to say “YES!” should an opportunity like this arise. Try to get as much out of the experience as you can because no matter how tempting Netflix is, it will be there when you get back.
P.S. Always make sure to take a piece of “home” with you to make yourself more comfortable in your hotel room. I always take a pillow/blanket/stuffed animal and my favorite tea.