Reflections of a first-time NACAC National Conference attendee
Lemont High School
It was my pleasure to attend the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Conference in Salt Lake City. It truly was a great experience. This was my first time at the conference and it was a little overwhelming to navigate all the opportunities presented but as a high school counselor at Lemont High School my goal was to come back armed with information for myself, my colleagues, and most importantly, my students.
Once I was registered for the NACAC National Conference, I was truly all-in. All the staff and volunteers at the conference helped me experience all I could. Each session I attended was enlightening and educational. While many of the sessions were impactful, I was there to learn more about the NCAA. Lemont High School has had its good fortunes with student-athletes over the years. My goal was to become more informed with the NCAA recruiting and eligibility process. Mission accomplished! The Advising Prospective Student-Athletes session was amazing. The session focused on the National Letter of Intent (NLI) and it was useful to learn about the different divisions and sports and what prospective student-athletes need to know about this. It was important to learn more about the NLI as I can now pass along that information to the rest of our counseling staff. Furthermore, I can now advise our student-athletes about the NLI and all of the rules that will impact them.
Another session that I enjoyed was one about navigating difficult conversations with students. This session took me back to my studies at Lewis University while pursuing my Master’s in School Counseling. It was a nice refresher about having truthful and honest conversations with students when they approach us with something difficult going on in their lives. I enjoyed this session because it reminded me of how important listening skills are in all situations but especially when dealing with a difficult conversation.
Overall, I was very pleased with my time in Salt Lake City. As a first-timer, I felt comfortable at the conference. Moreover, I feel that I came back to Lemont High School armed with information. I look forward to attending future NACAC conferences.
Jeff attended the NACAC National Conference thanks to a grant provided by the IACAC Professional Development Grants Committee.