Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Dr. Amelia on Travel Finances And Conference Fun!
To wit: To go and stand by a poster of my work this year, I will be spending $600 on airfare (it's never cheap to fly in and out of Oilmont), more than $1000 on hotel, $250-ish on registration, etc. It's kind of insane, really.
I live in a department where we have some travel $, but I honestly don't know how grad students and adjunct do it. Yet, I see them there, hopefully shuffling through the job interview section in hope, I guess, of landing a gig in a place with travel money.
When I get there, it is nightmarish, literally. Like my recurring nightmare is actually being stuck on the lower conference level of a Marriott somewhere, with a paper to give in the Versailles room in 4 minutes and no idea of how to get there. I ride escalators. I poke my head into rooms, where tiny spectacled heads swivel judgmentally in my direction until I back out again. There is identical hallway after identical hallway. I can't run - I'm a professional you see. So I do the "not really running power waddle" of late ladies in uncomfortable shoes. I see my watch arrive at the appointed time for my session and I wake up, heart pounding.