|2016 OD Network Annual Conference Student Papers|
Why it was worth my time to write a proposal for ODN
Corrie Voss, MOD
As a graduate student your time is precious. Time is your most valuable commodity, and it is one of the few things in life that we cannot make more of – or make it stop so we can catch up with all that is on our plates. Last year when I received the call for OD Network proposals, I was writing my dissertation proposal, teaching a masters class, working as a part-time graduate assistant, and consulting; all of this with young children. Needless to say, my time was stretched very thin.
However, since I was going to attend the OD Network Annual Conference for the first time, I decided to Lean In to the full conference experience and submit two poster proposals. As a concept, “Leaning In,” breaks down to being in control of your own destiny and not letting your fears hold you back. So I set about drafting and perfecting my proposals – one on my research, and one on a side project – then I leaned in and hit submit for the traditional conference track.
So many thoughts went through my head. What if I get accepted? What if they both get accepted? What will the experience be like? Will others like my research? Ok, maybe I was a bit enthusiastic, but just a short while later I got the responses. Rejection; I got the dreaded form letter for both proposals. “Thank you for your time, but you did not make the cut.”
Despite neither of my proposals getting accepted, let me share a few reasons with you why it was still worth my precious time, and why I believe that it will be worthy of yours.
These lessons are why it was worth my time to write a proposal for OD Network. This year is your opportunity for you to share your research and findings with others of like mind. One of the hardest things to do is to put your work out there, because we always expect criticism. But what you may find is a very receptive audience who is ready to discuss your passions and ideas. I know that I did. Graduate students are an important piece of OD’s future and the future of our professional association. By leaning in and sharing your work, you are joining the conversation in a meaningful way.
What are you working on? Other OD Network members are excited to hear.
See you in Atlanta!
Corrie Voss, MOD