Made it to San Diego !! It was a pretty quick and smooth flight from Phoenix :) I chose to walk to the convention center from my hotel The Holiday Inn on the Bay and it wasn’t that bad (about a mile and a half). When I arrived at the convention center I saw this sign (pictured above), I looked at it for a second and thought “Welcome to ASHA Convention”?, I really want to put a “the” in front of ASHA or is that just me??
Registration was easy they scanned my bar code on my badge, gave me my lanyard and bag with the program in it. Now it was off to ask what the issue was with the Personal Scheduler. For the life of me I was unable to register for it, I tried on two different computers and an iPad- No Luck! I know I wasn’t the only person having problems with it. Right? ( If you had problems leave a comment below). So a nice gentleman at the customer service desk helped me setup my account and showed me where the personal scheduling computers were however they weren’t ready yet. After some exploring downtown and meeting one of the #slpeeps @apujo5, I was ready to set up my schedule. I entered all my courses I wanted to take and printed my schedule, and you had to be careful because you couldn’t just select the calendar to print -it printed everything your calendar and every abstract for every course you selected- some people were printing 50 pages. Think we could save a few more treees next time and go with an app or something that looks like it was designed in this decade?
Next up was the ASHA First Timer orientation 5:00-6:30pm, where they had some food and refreshments which was nice because by this time in the day I was pretty hungry. Met some cool people from Boston and interestingly enough Phoenix. There were so many first and second year grad student as well, why didn’t I get to go in grad school??- thanks NAU! I also got to meet ASHA’s president Paul R. Rao :) He was very friendly and happy to meet everyone. I also gave him an earful about that darn Personal Scheduler and he directed me to the right people to give feedback to. I also got my first two ribbons for my name badge at this event –
After the orientation to a the shuttle back to the hotel and crashed I was pretty tired ! Can’t imagine how I am going to feel after a full day of exhibit halls, poster sessions, and courses!!
Check Back tomorrow for the Official First Day Post!