How to Prepare for a Summer Student Conference
This blog post was written by Kevin Loder, our University of Oregon Campus Ambassador.
Summer is peak season for national student conferences, especially for honor societies like NSCS’s ScholarCon. You’ll want to plan what to wear, what to bring, and how to network. Here are five additional tips for attending a summer student conference:
Take note. Although you might be used to taking notes on your laptop in class, bring a notepad and pen in case that is more appropriate for the conference. The sound of typing can be distracting to your neighbors. The last thing you’d want to do is sit in the front row surfing the web during a presentation.
Humidity. If you’ve never experienced high humidity, you’re in for an environment shock! Places such as Texas and Florida have higher humidity; you’ll feel it the second you step out of the airport. Check the forecast before you go, and dress comfortably for your travel.
Cell phone charger at all times. Obviously you’ll bring this to the conference, but don’t hesitate to actually bring it with you to the events. You don’t want to have to miss any of the conferences to go charge your phone. You also don’t want your phone dead during networking and picture opportunities.
Social media clean up. Speaking of networking, if you plan to follow and friend request the new people you’ll meet, double check your social media profiles. Click left on your Facebook profile picture to check if your oldest photos are appropriate. If you interact with the conference profiles it’s possible that they’ll retweet or link to your profile, so be prepared!
Ask questions. Each time you listen to a speaker’s presentation, be thinking up a question or two. If you don’t get a question answered during the presentation there’ll likely be an opportunity to go up to the speaker after their presentation. Practice your ‘elevator speech’ and follow up with the speaker through Twitter, LinkedIn, or by email.