From July 13th to July 16th, 2012 I attended the Alpha Chi Omega National Convention in St. Louis, MO
This is My Convention.
Here is a breakdown of my logistics of getting to convention! It's the stuff that people don't talk about, but it's not that it's secret or anything. If you want to go, you can make it happen. It's all about financial responsibility!
I saved for this trip - literally in a piggy bank (well it's really a big ben clock bank, but it's my fun money stash place.)
The convention fee was $660 and this included full time registration and all lunches and dinners for the trip, except dinner on Sunday evening. My fiance's dad graciously let me use his frequent flier points to get there, otherwise it would have been about $400 for the round-trip. The hotel for 4 nights was $600 total, but I shared my room, so the total was only $300. Parking at LAX was about $45 and transportation to and from the airport in STL was about $40. I probably spent about $75 on purchases and miscellaneous things at the convention and about $200 on extra meals and beverages.
That's just over $1300 for the whole trip. However, I did apply for and receive McWhirter Grant for Alumnae Convention Assistance and that covered just over half of the convention registration fee. So in the end, we're talking about $1000. (Just a note about the McWhirter Grant for Alumnae Convention Assistance, it involves a submission WAY before convention, so if you really want to apply for it, look on AXO's national website when they start posting about the convention - I think I found it about 5 months out.)
Was it worth it, YES.
I loved going and feel very proud to have experienced my sisters en masse!