Posted February 23, 2012 by Sarah Stroud 

Conference: Reflection and Challenge

I keep seeing all of The Commons posts about Boston, and I can’t help but get excited about next month. This will be the first time I get to arrive early. I am looking forward to that the most. This will give me a chance to meet and mingle with some folks I don’t usually get to see. I will be able to meet a whole new network of people on the Leadership Team and more.

I think over the past year, I have really submerged myself into the ACUI experience. It has really given me a boost not only with the Association, but also in my daily work. It is hard to explain; but I am sure ACUI volunteers know what I am talking about.

Okay, enough rambling on about that; but hey, get involved! ACUI is a great place to fulfill some of your goals professionally. There are a ton of opportunities.

For those that are new to ACUI, I know there has been a lot said about first-time ACUI experiences. I am here to say it is what you make of it. My first conference was Atlanta in 2007.  Wow, I can’t believe it has been five years. Anyway, I was just a “soon-to-be-graduating” graduate student looking for a job, doing my first national presentation, and hoping to meet some new people. It was a whirlwind experience. The presentation went well. I was nervous, but when I had people come up to me and ask for my resume right after the presentation, I knew I was in the right spot. I met some great people that year.

I can’t wait to see everyone at the conference, start my new volunteer role, and, of course, take part in the auction. It will be an exciting time for those that are new to the experience, so take full advantage. If you have any questions, comments, or want to start a new network, let me know. You can find me on Twitter: @sstroud77. I would be happy to say hello and answer your questions. I may not be on the Conference Program Team, but I will be a conference attendee, enjoying my experience and, hopefully, helping at least one person enjoy their experience a little more!  

Sarah Stroud

Sarah Stroud is the Assistant Director, Administration and Support Services at University of North Carolina–Charlotte.

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