First Timers FAQ | Student Housing Conference Exposition

First Timers FAQ

Thank you for attending the 2014 Student Housing Conference & Exposition. For your convenience, the links below show information from the past conference. This information will be updated when it's available in late 2014.

What should I wear?

  • We don’t have a specific dress code; however, business attire is acceptable and widely practiced. Remember to check the weather before you pack.
  • Dress in layers. The meeting rooms in the convention center can be chilly.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! The convention center is large and you don’t want to limp from session to session in a pair of four-inch heels.

What should I bring?

  • Laptop or iPad to take notes and stay in the “know”.
  • Pen and paper to jot down contact information when business cards inevitably run out, or if you prefer hand-written session notes.
  • Business cards! You can never have enough. Have your business cards with you at all times; you never know when someone will ask to exchange contact info.

How do I plan my schedule?

  • The myNAA Planner is a convenient tool that enables you to plan ahead and determine which education sessions will provide the best return on investment. Create a tentative schedule before the conference based on your own educational needs, and those of your company.
  • If you’re not already on Twitter, get on and follow the conference hashtag at #naastudentconf. This will give you an insider’s view of what is trending before and during the meeting.
  • NAA Connect. Use it! Get involved with the student housing community before the conference even begins.
  • Download the mobile app and have the SHC information and schedule at your fingertips!

Are there helpful hints for networking?

  • Plan your conference schedule before you arrive in Las Vegas. This will give you more time to interact and engage with other attendees.
  • Do you have a colleague attending the meeting? Ask them to take you under their wing and introduce you to fellow attendees.
  • Attend as many social events and receptions as you can. You’ll be rewarded with free food and cocktails! 
  • Take part in all First Timer events being offered.
  • Show up for sessions early. You’ll score a great seat and have time to mingle with the other attendees around you.
  • Need a conversation starter? Ask an attendee how they liked a session you both attended.

What should I do onsite?

  • Attend the Welcome Reception on Monday. This is a great, relaxing way to kick-off the conference and meet other attendees.
  • Be flexible with your conference schedule. The “law of motion and responsibility”—formerly known as the “law of two feet”—should apply: If a session is not working for you, leave (even if you are seated up front). Go to another session or meet up with others outside the session rooms who want to engage in other conversations and networking opportunities.
  • Smile, be open and enjoy yourself! This is going to be a great experience and you are going to meet some wonderful people.

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