Good Bye NACA!

We are finally all settling down from the NACA conference. The final activity I participated in was Block Booking, which helps organizations get better deals on booking artists if they group dates together. I am so excited for some acts we are planning on bringing back to BSU for the spring! NACA was a success!

Growing our Traditions and Being Excellent at Programming

So my first ed session on Saturday was about growing our traditions and it was a presentation by the CAB from Assumption College. They spoke about the way they evolved their Fall Family Weekend when they were faced with budget cuts and a lack of student involvement in previous years. They also faced similar problems with their welcome weekends program and talked about evolving it into their Welcome Week. My favorite part of this session was that I had the ability to speak with three other student leaders, all from different schools, about their traditions and I have a few ideas for events that I’m actually really excited about.

The second session on Saturday was actually where Austin and I presented on Excellence in Programming. We went second, after Roger Williams University who did an incredible job and gave me some really great ideas for programs. Now, we didn’t end up winning the Excellence in Programming Award, but honestly I’m so insanely proud both of the presentation that we did and the programs that we put on as an organization. Austin and I totally slayed the presentation (and looked amazing doing it) and I know I received a lot of positive feedback from people that attended and those that saw it on Facebook. I never felt as I did standing up and presenting yesterday and that is in no small part due to the fact that I have so much faith in the incredible work that this organization does and that we absolutely deserve an award for it. And I need to give a huge shout out to Casey and Brittany for being constantly supportive, as well as Brandon, Steph, and Michelle who watched our performance the night before and gave us some constructive criticism. Finally, I need to recognize Austin who had put up with my constant panic about this presentation and killed the presentation. He is more than deserving of the Ken M. Bedini Student Leader award and I’m proud to be able to work with him on our E-Board.

This is my last NACA, as I’m graduating in May and that’s a super sad thought but I’m so thankful to have been able to come with this incredible delegation and have the opportunity to learn even more about the work that I absolutely love doing on this campus. I love NACA, you love NACA, we love NACA, NACA ROCKS!

Selfie de Fam

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We’re on our way into the lecture showcase, missing some of the Meme team but we’ll meet up when we get inside. I love these showcases so far, all of the people are so talented!!!

Super Showcases

All the showcases this weekend have been amazing!!! The one we just watched had Ebony Stewart as the EmCee and it was incredibly entertaining. Some performed included The Chicago Boyz, Seth Cook, and Neil Hilborn. Seth Cook sings country music and he may have stolen my heart! One more showcase to go!

How to Engage Introverted Students

Today’s Ed Session focused on how to engage students who are Introverts and the aspects of being Introverted. As someone who is an Introvert myself, I found it interesting that there are clear differences between me and an Extrovert. The presentation also had some ice breakers where Introverts don’t feel uncomfortable. I hope to use these in the future!! Overall, a fantastic presentation!!

I enjoyed the flavor of my life savor!!

My two Ed Sessions today were great! The first one was entitled “All in the Flavor of a Life Savor” and spoke about how to handle your organization as they go through different stages. The second talked about effective communication and provided tips for working with people with many different communication types. As always, the Ed Sessions impressed me and I’m so excited for more NACA today!

That’s a wrap!

It’s so hard to believe and so sad to say that my final NACA is officially over. I had so much fun today and got to experience so much. I’m really excited to take what I’ve learned to improve our organization and my position. Here are some highlights [my fav moments of the day]

Last Day at NACA!

This morning I attended my last two ed sessions of the conference. The first one focused on intersectionality and I got fun jelly beans & the second session talking about cultural programs. I thoroughly enjoyed the second session because it gave me really good suggestions to improve my position and programs!! Now we’re on our way to showcases and I’m pumped!🙂

– mcef