Exploring Houston, One Store at a Time

May 23, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Janel Lockwood and Toni Rico

Shopping should be a sport. The uniform? Loose clothing, and shoes which are easy to get on and off. The competition? Individuals who are the same size as you, who might end up wanting the same items. Like other athletes, you must pack nourishment to make it through a long day of marathon shopping— but not so much to slow you down. A bottle of water and a bag of trail mix should suffice.... See More

Houston For Free Or…Nearly Free

May 16, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Mark Powell

It's always nice to get something for free. In Houston, there are several different sights you can enjoy for free while attending the NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference. Take a break from the conference and enjoy a podcast that provides a self-guided walking tour of downtown Houston, or hop on a boat for a tour of the Port of Houston. ... See More

A Poignant Introduction to the Field

May 14, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Leslie Pitman

When you find yourself wandering around a massive Expo Hall that highlights everything from Africa to England to travel insurance to service learning, and then find yourself, at 2 a.m., surrounded by dancing Brazilians—only to be in a session five hours later about education abroad and meetings with foreign universities—you must only be in one place: the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo.... See More

Dance the Night Away in Houston!

May 11, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Toni Rico

In the words of Jack Nicholson in The Shining, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." So: Who wants to cut a rug? I like every type of music, and can get my groove on with just about any beat, so I hope to meet your dancing feet needs with the following suggestions while you are here in Houston! These are only places I have personally been, so I welcome other Houstonians to share places and types of music I might have forgotten. Feel free to comment and share your favorite hot spots.... See More

First Conference? No Problem!

May 04, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Janel Lockwood

Attending a conference like the NAFSA annual conference can be quite overwhelming for first-time attendees. With so many sessions, networking events, and learning opportunities, it can be hard to know what to attend! Since my first conference in 2007 in Minneapolis, I have learned a lot about how to make the most out of conference time.... See More

It's a Mobile World in Houston

May 02, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Mark Powell

The 2012 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo may seem a bit overwhelming at times with so many educational and networking offerings, and exhibitors in the Expo Hall. These concerns may be allayed through the use of several different kinds of technology available to conference goers. Most of the types of technology mentioned in this blog will involve either smartphones or tablets. Get out your mobile devices and let's get started!... See More