The Mentoring Committee Welcomes Students and First-Timers to the 2015 Annual Meeting
Monday, October 5, 2015
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
On behalf of the Mentoring Committee, a warm welcome to all the students and first-timers to the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting. It is not an understatement to say that for many folklorists, attending the AFS Annual Meeting is a highlight of their year. We hope you’ll enjoy this year’s meeting and see it as the special experience we do.
Attending a relatively large meeting for the first time can be a little intimidating but remember that everyone was a newcomer once and that over the span of the conference you will meet new friends and colleagues and leave with new ideas and contacts.
Start by taking advantage of the many opportunities built into the meeting’s program to allow to you to get to know other participants and to learn how things work. We hope you’ll go to as many of these events as you can beginning with the Welcome Breakfast for First-time Attendees on Thursday morning from 7:00am-8:00am in the Westin Hotel's Centennial Terrace. Come out and meet members of the Executive Board and all of us on the Mentoring Committee. We’re looking forward to talking with you and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you are a student, here is a link to other opportunities designed especially for you: https://afsnet.site-ym.com/news/247311/2015-Annual-Meeting-Offers-Opportunities-Especially-for-Students.htm.
Fill yourself up with new ideas! Go to lots of paper sessions and conference events. AFS is an informal meeting so talk to people whenever you can: before and after sessions, at conference talks and events, in section meetings, and at the book fair. Folklorists are a friendly lot and if you introduce yourself to the person beside you and ask them about their work, you’ll have a conversation going. Don’t hesitate to approach senior scholars, members of the AFS board, or anyone who you think may share your interests.
Most of all, enjoy the AFS conference. By the end of the meeting, we hope you will be looking forward to returning another year.