“When students are bored, we got programming.” Gwen and I have spent a large majority of our down time rewriting songs to be about BSU and/or NACA. Good morning my friends! I am writing to you bright and early on this second day of NACA. Yesterday was already an amazing experience! While it has been fun an games, I have already been given so many opportunities to learn from NACANE17! I have been given the opportunity to network with so many professionals (also learned that Matthew Miller is somewhat of a legend in the NACA world). Beyond that we have been given the opportunity to watch performing acts in the Showcases (some of which we are very interested in bringing to campus) and then meet with the agents and performers (they are called associates here) and tell them about our council, gaining professional experience through networking experience, discussions of rates, and even a sharing of programming ideas. A lot of the associates that showcase at NACA and are at C.A.M.P. (Campus Activities Marketplace) are former members of programing boards that really fell in love with the industry. NACA offers internships that allow Undergraduate and Graduate students to learn both from delegate and associate experiences. I STRONGLY encourage all students to try to get some experience with the NACA organization if you can! Even if the field of work that NACA represents isn’t for you, there is plentiful opportunities for professional growth within your perspective fields!
The day did offer some curveballs of course. At the end of Thursday night Gwen and I learned that it is not a good idea to use internet based presentation sources at NACA, WIFI is not your friend, and always ask Matt to double check if he has a flash drive.
If you were wondering, I started this blog post before the conference today and am now finishing it at 11:05 tonight. Today was amazing. The first educational session I attended was called Creating Ethical Moments, More than Right versus Wrong. This session challenged the delegates in attendance to define our own morality and really apply morality to situations where we feel uncomfortable. the presenter, Adam Frank, discussed that in decision making, there is much less frequently a right or wrong but rather 2 rights that a person should chose between. this conflict is something that is frequently faced by student leaders, and we must follow a moral or values code, in order to lead an organization to be honest. We ended this ed session with a series of case studies that placed the responsibility of student focus groups to determine the outcome of a situation. This ed session provoked constructive thought and i think a similar seminar would be a value to our campus.
Following the Ed Session, Gwen and I presented on behalf of Bridgewater State University for the Excellence in Programming presentation. We were both very nervous, considering the many road bumps that we faced along the way, however, we realized that the presentation was really just us being tasked with something that we already try to do: talk about our passion for PC and create moments for others. We felt really great about our presentation and received a great deal of positive feedback from other schools delegations. This presentation gave us some amazing networking experience and really trained us to be professional, yet still express our creativity in programming.
After the presentation, we attended a lecture showcase, a few C.A.M.P. sessions and Spotlight Showcases. A spotlight showcase focuses more on variety entertainment, where as the lecture showcase shares informational speakers that you can bring to your campus. After all of this NACA-ing we were FAMISHED. Matt had been pushing a barbecue place ever since we arrived so we figured, “might as well give in and let Matt get his Barbecue” (I may or may not be exaggerating). While the food was delicious, we ordered to go, and barbecue is not the more on-the-go friendly food. It was all over me. I I had Texas heat barbecue sauce smothered all over my hands.
After this we had school swap. For those of you who are not familiar with NACA, school swap is a place for students to share programing ideas, see what other schools offer for SWAG, trade swag, and appreciate the work that other organizations put into their work! BSU worked really hard to make our booth in school swap. Any how, I must get some beauty rest for tomorrow. Au revoir!