My MAASU Trip Experience

Part of my experience at Iowa State University is the opportunities that I get to go on school-sponsored trips and conferences. The Asian Student Union decided to attend the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) conference in Boulder, Colorado. This is an annual conference that promotes the spreading of diversity, build leadership, and promote unity in the Asian American Pacific Islander community throughout the Midwest.

Day 1

It’s Friday, and I had to wake up at 5am because we were scheduled to start driving at 7am. We all got in our vans and started our road trip to Colorado. After a rough car ride that lasted about 11 hours, we were all exhausted when we reached Colorado. We got ourselves registered for the conference, and then we headed over to get pho for dinner as a group. Our hotel was in Broomfield, and I was so tired that I actually fell asleep right when we got there.

Day 2

I woke up and got the coolest view from my hotel window. We all got dressed in business casual clothes, and then at 7:30am we were off to the University of Colorado Boulder.

The schedule for the day was as follows:

  • Opening ceremony
  • Workshop #1
  • Lunch break
  • Workshop #2
  • Workshop #3
  • Banquet

I got to meet a bunch of students from other schools and ended up making new friends!

After the conference was over, we decided to get dinner in Denver as a group. It was a long day, and we were all pretty exhausted.

Day 3

It was finally Sunday, and time for us to head back home. I think driving was the worst part of the trip because it’s such a long journey!

I will say though, on the van ride back home, I got the chance to have some deep talks with my friends. If you ever want to get personal and close, try being stuck with me on a van for 11 hours when I have had 4 hours of sleep for 3 days straight. I start to get pretty honest!

We got back to Ames around 1am, which was rough because I had morning classes the next day, but it was a pretty cool experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to go on this trip through ISU.

Have you gone on any trips with your student organization in college?

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