NACA Student Activities Conference - 2017
I originally thought NACA was going to be a bit bigger when it cam to the stages and showcases but everything else was something I was expecting. The CAMP and the building it was located in was all very nice and open for people to meet one another.
I really enjoyed NACA because I got to experience the behind-the-scenes events that go on in choosing who to bring to Stevenson. Getting my mind blown by magicians was pretty fun too.
My favorite event was this lecture called "Happy Hour" led by this man names Matt who talked about how to lead a happier life. He taught us how it takes six seconds for the endorphins in our brains to be activated during a hug and had us hug three people for six seconds. It really worked! Now I wear a pin that says "six seconds" so that when people ask me, I can demonstrate. I love hugs.
NACA was a wonderful, if not very different, adventure for me. It's enchanting to see all of these talented people find a place to shine!
Finally Back from NACA! Of the whole conference my favorite parts were all the showcases. Showcases are times where various performers were able to present what it is they bring to college campuses. This allows our board to select specific acts for events we see best fit and plug in all the dates to fill a semester like puzzle pieces.
My best memory of everyone all together was when we would regroup after CAMP, a key chapter of NACA where schools can directly talk to performers and agents about deals, specials and dates, but also bring home a TON of free stuff. Aside from everyone stuffing bags full of unique collectables and Knick Knacks, everyone was able to converse about every singe booth they made it to and share with the MAP board the kinds of deals and offers companies had, while also getting a sneak preview of what it is these companies do, whether it be mini golf, jumping into a ball pit all the way to painting a picture.
The best act I saw was an Acapella group called “Backtrack” consisting of 1 bass, 1 beat boxer, 2 sopranos, and 1 artist who hit every high and low note in between.
I imagined NACA a large chaotic conference with a bazillion other colleges scrambling to get to every single scheduled event. In reality it was extremely organized, and everyone got to where they needed to go!