All I can say about today is WOW!!!! Starting the day super early wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I didn’t end up going to bed until about 3:30 am then woke up about 7, but things definitely could have been worse.
I started the day off with an ed session titled “Leave that suitcase in the closet! How to begin to change your “suitcase school” culture.” The session was a great concept, but was turned out to be more about events that will help schools keep their students on campus on the weekends, but they were events we already have. Overall I think it was a good session just not for our situation on campus.
My next ed session was “The Art Of Networking”. This session was actually really great because it taught us not only about networking face to face with people, but also networking via social media. I never really looked at Twitter or Facebook as much of a way to meet potential employers, but it is actually a great tool to use. The tips we were given on how to work a reception where we would be meeting many potential employers was also really helpful.
After the ed sessions we had lunch which was so fun and cute! We got bagged lunches along with a clue in which we had to find the answer to that clue. Once you found your match you then had to sit and enjoy lunch with that person! Don’t think it worked out as best as NACA would have hoped, but it was a really good concept.
After lunch we went to a lecture showcase which was really great. Some of the speakers we saw were Michele Chikwanine, Kevin Roberts, and Marc Elliot who was AWESOME! To hear from someone who fights a disease like Tourette’s syndrome everyday and then be so positive about his experiences was really great. I think he would make for a great lecturer at Bridgewater! Kevin Roberts was also great, with a lot of energy and a really interesting lecture. I’ve never heard a lecture quite like his, and would make a great health lecture maybe something co-sponsored with health services.
After the lecture showcase, we went to the marketplace again, which means we went to visit Bryan and Neal from Koo Koo Kanga Roo! haha still love these guys and the fake mustaches on sticks! What could be better?!
Following the marketplace we went on to a spotlight showcase. Heard some really great artists including a magician named McVicar the Trickster. His magic was awesome, and he really wowed the crowd. Also the big performer of this session was the one and only Howie Day! It was actually a big surprise that he was performing because we had heard some rumors that he wasn’t going to be there. So all in all it was another great showcase!
At around 7:00 it was time to set up for school swap, and I was volunteering with the set-up, which was fun. After we set up it was on to the next showcase!
The Emcee for the showcase was Marcus, a comedian, who was pretty good. The first performer was Plastic Musik. They were similar to Blue Man Group, a percussion group using like plastic tubes and plastic buckets to make some sick music! They played some mozart, then like some pop so it was really cool. The crowd was totally into it, and it was a fabulous performance!
Next was MC Mr. Napkins! I didn’t know what to expect but he actually was really funny! He was not only a comedian, but he also rapped which was totally awesome! Really ended up enjoying his performance, especially when he did a remix using the totally popular youtube video “charlie bit me!”. It was totally fabulous!
On next was Rachel P. She was AMAZING! I absolutely loved her. She had awesome energy and totally had the crowd behind her. She had a great voice, and her drummer was also awesome! I just totally loved her whole act, a great singer, and fabulous piano player too.
After Rachel P. was a country artist Natalie Stovall. This girl totally rocked it! She had her white electric violin, and she was totally shredding it! After her first song Bristaco led all the Bears up to the stage, (which started quite the trend I might add), and before you knew it the floor was packed! It was such a great performance, I think it would make for a really great show particularly for all the country music fans for obvious reasons.
Following Natialie was a comedian Dat Phan. He was the first winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and he was really funny. I loved how he incorporated his mom into a lot of his material because I feel like a lot of people could relate to the jokes. He talked about his mom calling him at all hours of the day, and I know my mom is the same way! She’s not Asian so its not totally the same but you get the idea…
The last and most awesomest act of the entire NACA experience (so far, I dare anyone to try and top this!!!), was none other than Koo Koo Kangaroo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is a video sample for your enjoyment. They performed this song at the showcase and it was probably the most fun 15 minutes ever! I will let you see for yourself here!
After Koo Koo, which was a great way to end the show, we headed right back into the MArketplace for more free stuff and excitement. Went to hang out with Bryan and Neil from Koo Koo which was fun, then continued on meeting new vendors, artists, and other interesting people.
After the marketplace it was time for the most prestigious event of all of NACA….SCHOOL SWAP!
All I can say is I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. Pretty much everyone just runs around like maniacs trying to trade their school’s swag for other school’s swag. How fun right?? Needless to say we got a ton of free stuffffffffffffff! so exciting!
Ok so I’m finally done with this post, it took me forever to finish due to some distractions, but I hope you all enjoy and def go check out Koo Koo online!!
peace out, and watch out for the Marines 😉