NAFSA 2013 has just finished and hopefully all of us have fully recuperated and our feet have returned to normal size after all that walking and standing. I thought after all the events of this extremely busy week I would take the time to recap some of my favorite activities and events.
First of all, I want to thank everyone who came out to the Tweet Ups and to the first ever #TweetIEs. They both were a huge success. We had over 40 people attend the first Tweet Up and about 30 attend the second Tweet Up on Friday. We were averaging about 50 tweets an hour using the #TweetIEs hashtag during conference hours which is way more than I expected. Everyone who participated definitely helped make this new event a huge success and this was much appreciated. I hope we can continue this in the future. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to leave them here or tweet me!
As always, I enjoyed all the networking opportunities that NAFSA offered as well as the chance to catch up with all my colleagues, friends, and acquaintances that I only get to see once a year at this monster event. My favorite reception had to be the Rainbow SIG's bash at Hamburger Mary's which was a drag show. That was the highlight of the week and it seemed that everyone was there. That Rainbow SIG definitely knows how to throw a reception. Way to celebrate 20 years! Of course NAFSA is not all about the receptions. :) I was able to meet with numerous partners as well as potential partners. I even presented a few times to packed rooms and received some positive feedback from my presentations. All in all even though I exhausted myself thoroughly, I made the most of my time in St. Louis and made as many connections as I could. I am just sad that I couldn't attend more sessions since there seemed to be many great sessions listed on the schedule this year.
As many of you know I am on NAFSA National and Regional leadership at the moment in additional to presenting and doing my "little" day job duties. This basically means my time is not my own at the Annual Conference. However, this doesn't mean I couldn't fit in a little fun (outside the receptions) while in St. Louis. I was able to try the extremely sinful Gooey Butter Cake and I rode the tram to the top of the Arch. The tram is definitely not for those that are claustrophobic in the least. Think little round ball riding up the arch. The view was worth it though and it is something I can check off my least.
What was your favorite part of the NAFSA 2013 Annual Conference? It can be a session, reception, site you visited, or a food you ate. Let me know! Talk to you soon.
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