Conferences have long been opportunities to connect, share information, develop new working relationships and uncover new ways to approach solutions to vexing problems. Before the widespread use of technology and social media, that information was limited to those in attendance. Even then, connecting with other attendees could be difficult. Anyone unable to attend the conference missed out all together!
"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.
Since this is the start of a new school year, it might be helpful for new college students, new graduates, and their parents to think about some of the things that I have observed in my professional career. And while this is written from my experience, I can also tell you that most of the other college professors I know also agree with what I am going to say here.