Posted March 11, 2013 by Mandi Bryson 

Lessons from an ACUI First-Timer

After my first day at the annual conference, I have a bit of advice for those who are newcomers next year: Come in the day before. I feel like I'be been through a whirlwind since leaving Charleston at 7 a.m. yesterday. 

However, I walked into the hotel lobby to check in, and the first person I saw was Emily Lott, a colleague from IPDS. It made the long day completely worth it. It made me remember one of the biggest reasons we are members of ACUI—the connections we make around the world with those who are doing exactly what we are all doing. We are charged with making sure the students at each of our institutions have a well-rounded experience and providing them a space to have that experience.

As newcomers, we need to engage, get involved, and take that leap of faith, just as some did going down the slide on Sunday night at the City Museum. The future of the organization and the futures for our students relies on us empowering each other.

So as a newcomer to the annual conference, I challenge everyone to take home ideas outside of your normal creativity to incorporate into your union.
Mandi Bryson

Mandi Bryson is the Associate Director for Events & Operations at College of Charleston.

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