Lucky me, I got to interview Shannon for the final NACA blog! Here are her thoughts on how great her first NACA experience was:
1. Q1: What are two things you learned that you didn’t know before
A) From Another School
– I learned about sustainability. I have never really been very good about recycling or “being green” but after attending Stonehill’s presentation, I am definitely going to be more aware of recycling, leaving lights on, etc. They used a really unique system where they actually have a monitor in residence halls that has a polar bear and depending on how “green” the building is being, the polar bear gets healthier or eventually passes away. They also had a simple living community and put on programs like free water bottles that students decorated in order to decrease the amount of plastic water bottles used on campus (they also save money in the dining hall every time they use it). I thought that they had some really unique ideas that BSU could benefit from.
– I learned a few strategies about getting an increased attendance at events. One school from VT actually gives out something like monopoly money at event event and students save them up to use in an auction at the end of the semester where students can win large prizes like TV’s, iPods etc. I thought it was a cool idea because it allows you to stretch your budget a bit more and get students excited for events. Another school actually uses their version of our connect card to tally who is at events and students who attend are entered to win a weekly drawing. Also, because they know who specifically was at an event, it allows to pay closer attention to who ISN’T at events and try to focus more advertising to those students.
B) From someone in the BSU delegation
– From the delegates who had attended before: I learned all about School Swap, CAMP and what to expect for certain showcases.
– I also learned how a crazy atmosphere like NACA can bring out parts of people’s personality that I never knew existed, both in myself and other delegates. I loved it!
2. From attending NACA
A) What will you be bringing back to your organization
– Ways of rewarding students who attend out events
– New and unique marketing ideas that can also be used as programs (like the water bottle program from Stonehill).
B) What impact did NACA have on you personally
– Not gonna lie, NACA made me so proud to be a member of PC… and maybe even a little cocky about our school as a whole. It was kind of difficult for me to answer the “what did you learn” question from this Blog because PC has already taught me so much. We’re such a strong organization and even though we hit a few bumps in the road sometimes, we really have our stuff together and put on some great programs in a pretty organized way.
3. What is one thing you would recommend to next year’s delegation to prepare for this experience.
– EAR PLUGS FOR COW BELLS! And make a really detailed packing list… and make sure to TRIPLE check. Just kidding :o) I really think the only thing that I recommend for next year’s delegation is to remember to have fun! I know it’s a lot of work and an extra meeting a week but seeing all of your hard work come together, from Ed Sessions, to school swap, to a t-shirt design… is such a great experience. Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy what you’re doing! It’s a once in a lifetime experience!