CSM is NOT Vacation
I don't care what anyone says -- it's a very rough internal battle to remember that attending the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego is primarily business, not pleasure. I'm finding it very easy to be distracted by the prospective outings that I could go on while I'm there. There's the zoo, kayaking at La Jolla beach, friends in Chula Vista and so many other exciting opportunities. It's 70 degrees, there's an ocean, and it's not Pittsburgh. I can't even sleep when I think about how much fun it's going to be.
And that's when I remember -- I'm going to a conference, not on a vacation. That's not to say that I don't think the academic side of this will be anything short of inspiring (and likely fun, too). I looked at the list of topics and lectures to attend and I was genuinely excited to attend each of them. I also recognize that networking and career development opportunities will abound, which is essential as I enter my final year of school. However, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of San Diego remains the beach and not a conference center.
The upcoming conference will be the first professional meeting I've ever attended and I'm sure there's a lot that I don't even know to expect. And who knows -- maybe my entire attitude will change and in the future, I won't be able to sleep because I'll be so excited about the conference. For now, I can't wait to get to the beach.