Hey there folks,
BristacoBoy here. The four BSU delegates are officially on their way to NACA Nationals 2018. We have just enjoyed a breakfast from Bridgewater Bagel and are excited to start our day. I am very excited for the showcases, ed sessions and CAMP. We will have the opportunity to learn about campus programing, diversity, leadership, and self care. This weekend we will also be attending a dinner for Fun Enterprises and a northeast family dinner with the other northeast schools. I am excited to learn along side our amazing delegation and represent BSU at a national level! I will keep you all updated along this amazing journey. That’s all for now folks. Peace, Love, and Programming.
It was 2 nights before my first NACA and I am up doing homework to make sure I can enjoy the weekend. Not exactly what I have wanted to do but gotta stay on that academic grind. I am not fully sure what to expect but whatever is coming my way this weekend, I am excited for it. We have a great group going and we are going to make the most of this experience because we understand how amazing of an opportunity this is for us. Unfortunately, I have to go back to doing homework but NACA. I am getting ready for you.
Wow! I can’t believe that NACA we left for NACA almost two weeks agin. As I reflect on my NACA experience, I always think of my favorite Ed Session “Happy Hour 24/7”. There I learned the power of positivity and that hugs need to be 6 secconds for them to register in your brain and release dopamine (the happy chemical). The happiness that I learned about in this session is how I feel overall about NACA. I absolutely loved our delegation. I felt like I got close with every person in our delegation at least one moment with each person. From getting breakfast with Hailey and Brittany every morning to going to get barbecue with Matt and taking selfie with the bear (see below) there are so many little moments that made NACA special, I’m hoping that I can now make these little moments happen for each person that comes to my events whether it be with little things like a photobooth added to an event or announcing that they are the winner of a prize. Though I could probably say 1,000 more things I’ll let these pictures say the rest.
10 days have passed since we have returned from The NACA Northeast Regional Conference and the memories are still fresh in mind and will be for years to come. It was my third regional NACA conference with Program Council. I am so grateful for this opportunity that the organization has let me participate in during my time as an undergraduate. I really dove into this conference like never before absorbing all I could from anyone and everyone that was in attendance.
The conference offered so much to myself and other members of the delegation that we were able to have many different take-ups aways that will impact countless BSU students for years to come. If I had to pick one, it would be exploring the world leading others into more of an in-depth way. Two ed sessions stick out in my mind when I explore this topic. One session called “It’s Lonely at the Top” presented by the fabulous Ken Abrahms when we all learned from each other and what was going on our organizations. This was an unplugged session with no technology and just discussion between other student leaders around topics that are common around organizations. This was such a meaningful conversation because often as leaders in clubs we don’t have people around us to help work them through any issues but with this exploration into the subjects helped us to find the root of the problem. I also attended a session about working with and developing a connection to an on-campus mentor. This made me think more as to who are my people on campus that I can go to who push me, cheer me on and tell me how I can improve myself. Among other types of programs and events, I can’t wait to share all my ideas with many different individuals at BSU.
As the Block Booking Delegate from BSU PC, I got to entwine myself with a lot of behind the scene work with putting interest in for different performers and artists we wanted to bring to campus for the students. In this role, I worked my time at CAMP and made every effort to meet all the performers and agents. This was by far my favorite part of the conference was when I got to meet in person the agents and associates that I had been communicating with via email for the past couple of months in my position. When I finally got to meet them in person, everything came full circle. Forming that in-person connection with the associates was genuinely remarkable because we were able to build on our relationship and I was able to represent Bridgewater in person for this agent or performer. These moments were a part of the lesson that I learned about myself and how I am networking with other people. Learning how to have more meaningful conversations at NACA was a vast personal take away from me. I truly lived in the moment when asking questions and talking with other students, professionals, and associates. Plus I really enjoyed connecting with some stellar BSU Alum that turned student programming into their career.
The theme of the conference was “Create the Moment.” Coming back from NACA I plan to make each event that I put on with Program Council a guest experience event. I want to look more into the marketing for my events because once you introduce the performer that is just the program. But exploring different types of marketing activities or hype events are what I am looking forward to working on in the Spring of 2018. I would like to examine types of events that can happen before my performer maybe during the day or before my event. NACA has been a huge part of my life at BSU and the experiences from the conference will help me to create unique moments for as many students as I can at BSU. Over and out PC NACA Blog!
There were many highlights of NACA, but probably the most exciting takeaway for me was the Marketing Round-table Discussion ed session. I was able to gather many new and exciting marketing ideas for PC and am excited to put them to good use for our organization’s benefit.
One thing I learned about myself is I have a big interest in marketing. I know I am the Director of Social Media, and I like my position, but I am very interested in broader marketing as well. I enjoyed bringing ideas back to Angela and working with her to see some of those ideas put into action.
Moving forward, I can help create the moment in my work with PC and at BSU by using the knowledge I’ve gained from NACA and expanding it, not only by myself but by working with other E-board members as well as general members.
NACANE 2017 was absolutely INcredible, everyone! This conference gave me the opportunity to grow as a student, a leader, and a person. I was able to meet so many new people and learn from each person individually. I think that the main takeaway that most of our delegation got from the conference was to really put yourself out there. Go meet someone new, ask the questions that are on your mind, introduce yourself to people, and really try to learn something from everyone.
My highlight from NACA had to be the breadth of opportunity that I was able to experience at the conference. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to represent BSU alongside Gwen in the excellence in programming presentation, which really helped me see how we can represent our organization on campus. I was able to work with our delegation to make an awesome school swap booth. this booth really allowed us to showcase our school and organizational pride, which is something that PC excels at, in my opinion. I was able to network with many associates and see a variety of performers, which will allow me to help other members of our organization work with vendors and look for cool new opportunities. I was also able to attend a Block Booking session with Steph, where I learned the process of showing interest in bringing specific acts to campus.
Apart from that all, Speaking with professional and other schools in the field really allowed me to harness the concept of what it means to a part of an organization, and what it means to really consider what other people are going through and the struggles that other people face. In PC, we are always working as a team and we are also always going through out own strife. It is important for us to consider how we impact each other with our words and actions. The ed session that was most impactful on me was Caught up in intersections, presented by Conor Leary. This session really allowed me to look at how I work with others and view others, but also how others view me. Conor presented an extensive outlook on the way that we should work with each other. I also went to an ed session on Micro-agressions which aided me in really considering the way I speak, and other peoples words can leave an impact. People need to consider Intent v. Impact.
I will continue to help PC create the moment by networking with other organizations on campus. I will make sure that all of the memories we make for students are positive, or at least meaningful (every event can’t be for every person, but we sure can try!) I will continue to work with a passion for PC and BSU because being around so many people that love what they do is inspiring, and I hope that I can help someone else get the same passion!
Thank you NACA 2017 ❤