A NASFA Experience

Although I finally came down with what my wife had last week I still managed to put myself together for the Fall NAFSA luncheon that was held today at a nice Indian food restaurant. I really wish I could say more about the food but in all honesty it tasted pretty bland to me because my taste buds have stopped working because of my cold. Overall though it was a great decision to go since I was officially announced as the new Web Admin for the NAFSA Region XII Hi/Pacific District. I think getting my name out there is key in my job search. In all honesty this wasn’t an “if I do this it’ll look great on my resume” decision or one I thought up simply last minute. I had decided to do this way back in April, as I was not getting anywhere with my job search in higher ed, and yet I still wanted to be involved so that I wasn’t “left out.” Also having strong technical skills didn’t hurt either but it’s not a problem either. It was nice having someone say that they were happy  I was on the team so they had someone who wanted the position and had the skills to do it well as opposed to someone who simply accepted it cause it needed filled. I always enjoy self-esteem boosters.

Sadly I wont be able to attend the bi-regional convention next week. As much as I would love to go I can’t get the funds together. And it’s not like I’m presenting either.  I hope to put a presentation together for next April’s local conference though. I’m going to be very active in trying to create a good web presence for our district I think. I may put together a district Facebook page and a twitter hashtag, maybe something like #nafsaHI I don’t know. Plenty of time to decide it all.

I know now that, especially trying to work in private sector, that higher ed is where I want to work. It’s the environment and people that make it feel like a thriving my place. I also see that while student affairs is a kick ass place I still want to focus on international education. 5 years, 10 years, 20 years I see that as where I want to be.

NAFSA HI/Pacific Spring Conference 2011

I present to you the slideshow I used at my first ever presentation at a conference.  Overall I felt I should have practiced a little more and focused my topic better but it seemed to go over well. I think I had around twenty-five people come see it which is not bad for a regional conference that really only had attendees from Hawaii.  I think what made it go well was that rather than fully devoting to lecturing from the front of the room I went for an approach that I had seen one of my committee members use at a conference where questions were not a deterrent or interruption but rather a part of the overall presentation itself.

I submitted a proposal at the end of May for the upcoming NASFA Bi-Regional I/XI Conference in November.  I hope I get in because it would be great for the CV for the coming year when I reenter the job market moving back to the mainland and make my bid at getting employment in a higher ed program in student affairs, preferably a study abroad office.