Hannah Clemmer is an admissions counselor at Eastern Mennonite University. Originally from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Hannah now resides full-time in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A product of the Mennonite Church and Mennonite higher education herself, Hannah is passionate about the engagement of youth within the church and its affiliated institutions. Hannah enjoys running, hiking, reading, word games, and doing things she is good at.
It has been six years since I last attended a Mennonite convention. I was a fresh high school graduate, excited to soon begin my college career at Eastern Mennonite University, and thrilled to end my youth group days with a bang at the Columbus convention. I can still clearly remember the anticipation leading up to the week, the whirlwind of events, the new friends, the phenomenal speakers. And then, all too soon, it was over.
To ensure that you get the most out of your week at convention, I have put together a list of Quick Convention Tips:
- DO YOUR RESEARCH. With so many different events throughout the week, it’s important that you know what, when, and where, everything is happening. The Convention App is a great way to stay on top of what all is being offered! The more you know ahead of time, the better off you’ll be when the week rolls around!
- HAVE A PLAN. Not only is it good to know what is being offered, but it’s important to know which things you want to do. It’s easy to lose track of time and suddenly not have a seat in a particular seminar, or to miss the band you wanted to see at the coffeehouse. Having a daily plan in place ahead of time will ensure that you don’t miss out on anything you wanted to do or see.
- VISIT THE EMU BOOTH (and the other colleges too, I guess). Convention is an easy, fun, and unintimidating way to learn more about the different Mennonite colleges and universities and great way to start (or continue) your college search process! From academic programs, to study abroad options, to graduation and job placement rates, we have a lot to offer students – so come check us out for yourself! Plus, everyone knows we have the best activities and giveaways!
- BE OPEN. Ultimately Convention is a time for community and growth. There are countless opportunities to stretch yourself and grow during this week, but they require that you be open. Sit with someone you don’t know at dinner, go to a seminar alone and make a new friend, join a game of Dutch Blitz with a group of strangers. You need to be open to change, learning, sharing, and listening. If you’re willing to be open you’ll be amazed by what an immense impact one week can make!
It’s been six years since my last convention in Columbus, Ohio and I cannot wait to get back to another. Kansas City has a lot of great things in store. I’m excited to see you all there!