We want you to present at this conference on March 20 and 21, and we want you to submit your abstract by Friday, February 13, 2009. I’ve been known to give a number of reasons why you SHOULD present, and I’m sure you’re entirely sick of them. So here are a number of reasons why you SHOULDN’T be part of the conference.
- You hate the idea of adding yet another accomplishment to your already stellar resume. In fact, you want potential employers to think you’re just an Average Joe. Come on, it worked for Sarah Palin . . . oops. Maybe not the best example.
- Grad school is for geeks! And if you ever DO decide to go, you’re sure that the admissions committee will not only ignore those lower marks you accidentally got in second year when you were in your “party-on” phase, but also won’t need any evidence of extra-curricular activity or academic accomplishment to make up for them. They probably just line up all the applications on a dartboard and admit whichever ones they manage to hit, anyway.
- You want to keep your brilliant paper or project a secret, just between you and your instructor. Why let anyone else know about the sheer genius you produced? It’s better to spend all those hours working away at it so that your prof can just scrawl a grade illegibly at the top and then chuck it in a pile. That’s enough reward for you.
- You’re actually a Hollywood celeb, and so far you’ve been keeping an incognito profile around the college. If you get up on stage, people might recognize and then mob you. It’s just not worth it.
- You have a weird superpower, like those people in Heroes. If you get up in front of a crowd and speak, you can start to control people’s thoughts and actions. It’s just plain irresponsible on your part to present at the conference.
I think those are pretty good reasons to stay out of the conference, and I will respect you for them.
Otherwise, I will be constantly advising you to get involved and reap the benefits of that involvement, some of which you can find online here. You will also find links to the Call for Submissions, the abstract guide, and the abstract submission cover sheet. Just in case you want them.