Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to Go Convention'ing

This was the first year I've attended the big Cincinnati Homeschool Convention, and it blew my mind!  What an awesome experience!  I've learned many things about how to attend a convention (really, any convention), so I'll share that here.

  1. Don't even TRY to hit every single'll burn out quick! 
    The first night, I had a humongous headache and extreme nausea (caused by the headache and general overwhelm-iness of the whole thing).  Instead, pace yourself.  Schedule out a few sessions each day to skip.  You'll need a lunch break and maybe some time to hit the shopping area to peruse curriculum, ask questions, and talk to the big name people that actually write your schoolbooks.
  2. The first night's sleep is really rotten.  You might be away from your family and feeling a bit homesick.  Even if you came with your family, being in a strange new place can be unsettling the first night.
  3. Bring a small snack and a water bottle.  Food and drink is ridiculously priced (a small slice of pizza was $8; coffee, water, or pop was $3)
  4. The last day, the last half will be brain numbing.  Everything will look a bit fuzzy and the speakers will sound like "wah wah wah wah".  This is convention overload.  It means you're done, lol!
  5. Once you arrive home, you'll probably talk non-stop for the next 3 hours, followed by 2 days of sleeping.  You'll need to recover from your big event.  You might want to plan for a 2 day school break after your return.
And I'll add a sidenote:

While at convention, don't buy anything.  Sit on it the first day.  Even if it sells out, that's OK.  If you leave the convention and didn't order that curriculum, it will give you extra time to sort out if it's right for you.  Spending the extra on shipping won't kill you.  If you DO buy at the convention, make your shopping list ahead of time, and think on it.  Then, buy your items on your list.  This will eliminate the impulse-must-buy/too-good-to-be-true purchases.


Lisa said...

All good tips!!! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to go!

Lisa said...

OMG I had to try 4 different captchas before I could find one I could actually read! (This one looks easy so I am posting again. lol)