I recently attended my first academic conference as a presenter, but in the weeks and months leading up to it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I tried looking online, and asking on Twitter and Facebook for advice on how to present at a conference, but to no avail. I was sure I’d make an ass out of myself.
Conferences offer lots of opportunities for two things: learning and connecting. If you are preparing to go to graduate school, conferences are a smart way to get engaged with the larger academic community. Here are some strategies for making the most of your time at the conference.