Get ready for a great experience at the Boston Student Government Training Conference.
1. Raise money for conference
2. Register for conference
- See conference registration tips to help you save money
- See sample “excuse letter” that your attendees can give to professors so they can miss class to attend this conference (optional)
- See sample delegate contract that each of your attendees should sign (optional)
- See conference attendance form that each of your attendees should sign and have signed by an ASGA representative (optional)
- See sample press release that you can send to your campus and local newspapers, radio, and TV, as well as your institution’s public affairs office (optional)
3. Reserve hotel room(s)
Start at the Hotel page. ASGA has negotiated lower rates with two hotels:
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston at Logan Airport is four miles from Emerson College
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Brookline-Longwood Medical is four miles from Emerson College
4. Purchase airline ticket(s)
ASGA recommends that you fly if it would take you more than eight hours to drive.
5. Arrange for ground transportation
Remember that you will need transportation to and from the conference location, your hotel, restaurants, and attractions.
ASGA recommends that you save money while in Boston by using public transportation! Boston is a very commuter-friendly city. You can easily, and inexpensively, take public transportation from the airport to your hotel and to sight-seeing. At your hotel, you can easily walk to restaurants, tourist attractions, and shopping.
The subway and bus routes serving Boston Logan International Airport are operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (better known as the MBTA or the “T”). To get to your hotel from Boston Logan, use MBTA’s interactive subway map to verify current routes and times. Please note that there is limited service on Saturdays!
GO Boston Shuttle
GO Boston Shuttle will pick you up at Logan airport and take you to your hotel in Boston for around $30. Please make your reservations on-line, or by calling 1-888-437-4379.
Boston taxis are available at Logan terminals 24 hours a day. All areas within a 12-mile radius of downtown Boston are charged a metered rate. Beyond the 12-mile radius the charge is a flat rate. All fares are based upon the occupancy of one to four passengers per taxi.
Metered-rates from Logan to the Boston-area hotels range from approximately $25 to $50.
All fares leaving Logan Airport are charged a $2.25 airport fee. Travel through the harbor tunnels will cost an additional $5.25 toll fee. It is recommended that you ask the taxi driver for a receipt showing the driver’s name, the taxi company, the amount paid, and the medallion number.
Although Emerson College does not have parking facilities on campus, there are a number of nearby garages.
- Boston Common Garage: 0 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116
- Ritz-Carlton Garage: 10 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111
- 200 Stuart Street Garage: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
- Motor Mart Garage: 201 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
6. Review and print directions
You can find directions to the conference site at our Directions page.
7. Wear “business casual”
Your attire should be “business casual” at all conference functions.
8. Bring business cards & college paraphernalia
Make sure you bring business cards, brochures, and fliers to exchange with other delegates.
9. Check the local weather
In early August, it will be hot in Beantown. But it may be cool in meeting rooms, which are air-conditioned.
10. Review and print the Conference Schedule
Then you can decide on which workshops to attend and be aware of when the conference starts and ends.
11. Read these conference articles
Responsible Student Government leaders and advisors make sure they get as much as possible from the conferences they attend.
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Mind your manners at conferences
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- Getting the Most Out of Conferences
Student Government leaders at the University of North Dakota use their “Homework Sheet” as a networking tool
Do you want to get more out of attending your next leadership conference than just jet lag? Follow the example set by Student Government officers from the University of North Dakota.
- Action Plan for When We Return to Campus
SG Advisor at Illinois State develops tool to take the conference momentum back to your campus
This worksheet will help you develop a plan on how to take back what you learned at this ASGA conference.
- 10 Ways to Be a Good Conference Roommate
Even if you’ve known someone for years, staying together in a hotel can be an awkward – or awesome – experience.
Here are 10 suggestions for making your next conference slumber party the awesome kind.