With Thursday November 15, 2012 quickly approaching, there are probably some things you should check off your to do list.
These might include checking out the weather. I have never been to Atlanta before so I wanted to know what to expect. So here is the expected forecast for the week of #ASHA12:
To streamline my organization I am using the Trip It app. This is a cool app that you allow to access your e-mail’s inbox. It scans your e–mail for important travel info and then places on your Trip It Itinerary so you don’t have to fumble around with printed out info from the airlines, hotels, etc.. you have it all in one place, that is unless your battery dies ( so always bring a backup printed copy just in case).
If you checked out my #ASHA12 infographic you’ll remember that I mentioned last year’s online planner wasn’t much of a planner that included “ease of use”. If you haven’t taken a look at the planner yet here is the link http://www.asha.org/events/convention/program-planner/. What I did is highlighted all the sessions I am thinking about attending in the pocket planner. I am not sure why it’s called the pocket planner as you need some pretty big pockets to put it in. The pocket planner is found in the October 9th edition of The Leader.
After I highlighted all the sessions I want to attend I then went to the online planner. To select the session you want to attend you type in the session code number or do a search. To add it to your itinerary simply select the check box that indicates ” ADD TO MY ITINERARY”. This will save all your sessions to your itinerary where you will have the option to print it out or export it to a calendar app or Outlook. I suggest exporting it to a Calendar I printed it out and it ended up being 14 pages, so save some trees.
Here are two examples of what my itinerary looks like using Android and iOS. I emailed myself the calendar file that the online planner generated and then opened it up on my Android phone and on my iPad. I suggest double and triple booking yourself just to give yourself some options in case the session sucks or there isn’t any seating available.
Here are some t-shirt ideas for the upcoming ASHA convention-#asha12. I wore a #slpeeps t-shirt, similar to Design A, to last year’s convention. This is a result of a recent twitter conversation with various #slpeeps, so I decided to throw a few designs together using Customink.com so we can take a vote on what designs we like the best. I went with long sleeve for the first couple designs because I figured we would be in Atlanta in November and chances are it will be pretty cold.
Design A ( I wore a black short sleeve version of this last year)
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!