A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference 2018

A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference 2018

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Disney blog for a brief NYC-themed interlude! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably already know that I write for Her Campus UCF. What you might not know is that I’m also the chapter’s editor-in-chief! Since this year will be our first in charge, Lena (the chapter’s president) and I knew we had to learn all we possibly could about media, marketing, leadership, and girl power. Luckily for us, every year the national chapter of Her Campus puts on Her Conference in Manhattan! We decided to make a trip of it and spend a weekend in New York City for Her Conference 2018, and I’m so glad we did. New York City is my favorite place on the planet (sorry Hollywood Studios), so I’m always happy to spend as much time there as possible. I brought along my camera and took as many pictures as was socially acceptable, so let’s dive right in!

Day One

Okay, so maybe “weekend” wasn’t the most accurate way to describe this trip since we were actually in New York City from Thursday to Monday. I had to pick a catchy blog title though, so I’ll hope you’ll forgive my minor lie. We arrived early Thursday morning ready to accomplish as much sightseeing as possible, especially because it was Lena’s first time ever in the city! Our first stop was Central Park, a place that I’ve never spent enough time exploring on previous trips.

Loeb Boathouse and Bethesda Terrace

A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference
A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference
A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference
A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference

I’ve only visited New York City in the winter, so I had no idea of all of the fun summer activities there are to take advantage of! As it turns out, Loeb Boathouse has been renting out cute little rowboats since 1954. Best of all, it’s only $15 per hour per boat! Just make sure you know that the pointy end of the boat is supposed to face forward. I’m not saying we didn’t know that until someone pointed it out, I’m just letting you know. 

Of course, I also had to stop by Bethesda Terrace and Fountain to take in all of its Gossip Girl glory. I just wanted to be able to say that I stood in the place where Chuck and Blair finally tied the knot in season 6, episode 10. Also, it’s a lovely spot for photos! 

Day Two

We woke up bright and early on Friday to make it to the Museum of Modern Art. I’m a bit of a low-key art history geek, so of course I was thrilled to be surrounded by some of my favorite pieces. If you don’t cry when you see Water Lillies by Monet, who are you? (Probably a normal, emotionally stable person.)

Museum of Modern Art

A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference 2018
A Weekend in New York City for Her Conference 2018

I’ll spare you from the ridiculous amount of images I took of the artwork at MoMA. I’m always kind of torn about taking pictures of art anyway. Isn’t that kind of the opposite of what you should be doing in a museum, i.e. looking at the art? At the same time, I tend to feel like I’m going to forget what the art looks like if I don’t take pictures, as if I could forget Starry Night or something. 

Soiree at the Rosé Mansion

Soiree is a fun word. It makes it sound like I was wining and dining with U.N. ambassadors or something. In fact, I was able to do something almost as cool! This year, Her Campus teamed up with Bumble to throw a conference kickoff party at New York City’s Rosé Mansion — aka, a Rosé Soiree! There’s nothing more fun than being surrounded by rosé you can’t drink because you’re still a few months away from being twenty-one, am I right ladies? Luckily for me and Lena, the Rosé Mansion was filled with plenty of other fun activities and photo-ops to take part in!

new york city for her conference
new york city for her conference
new york city for her conference
new york city for her conference
new york city for her conference
new york city for her conference

If you want to check out a video recap of the Rosé Soiree, click here! Also, does it seem like I’ve been growing out my bangs for thirty years? Or is that just me?

Anyway, after the kick-off party, we headed to see Spongebob Squarepants on Broadway! Listen, I might be a little biased because Spongebob is one of my favorite things on the entire planet and possibly in the universe, but it was such a sweet and funny show. Make sure to see it if you’re in the city anytime soon, because it’s (undeservedly) closing and totally worth a watch before it’s gone!

Day Three + Four

Our third and fourth days in New York City were mostly spent at Her Conference! It was an amazing experience that I can’t really do much justice in a blog post, but I’ll sure try. I didn’t want to lug around my camera during the conference, so please forgive the unfortunate grainy quality of the next few images.

Her Conference

new york for her conference
new york for her conference
new york for her conference

We spent our time at the conference listening to some amazing keynote speakers, taking part in social media and career goal workshops, and receiving some awesome gifts from sponsors like Bliss, Almay, and Bumble. To get an even better idea of how awesome Her Conference is, click here to watch a video recap!

If you ever have the chance to travel to New York City for Her Conference, I totally encourage you to take it! It was an incredible experience and I learned so much, both about the media and marketing industries and about myself. It also came with the unexpected side effect of rendering me ridiculously excited to someday live and work in New York. 

Nolita and Little Italy

This may come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, but I’m Italian. As such, I was extremely excited to eat at a pink Italian restaurant in Nolita and stop by Little Italy for some shopping and cannolis after day two of Her Conference! Unfortunately, it started raining when we got to Little Italy and I wasn’t able to use my camera to take any pictures. Just take my word for it: the Cannoli King at Caffè Palermo knows what he’s doing.

new york for her conference

Day Five

Our last day in New York City was a rainy one, but that didn’t stop us from heading downtown! We made the most of the weather and did some sightseeing and shopping before our flight back home in the evening. (It turns out we could have spent even more time in the city since I’m cursed to get hit with a delayed flight on every return trip ever.)

Battery Park and Chelsea

new york for her conference
new york for her conference

I’ve never seen the Statue of Liberty up close, but the view from Battery Park is pretty swell! We also walked around the High Line a little bit before stopping in Chelsea Market, where I picked up a Hall and Oates vinyl (Big Bam Boom, and it’s mint).

All in all, I’m so happy Lena and I decided to go to New York City for Her Conference this year. It was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world, and I already can’t wait for next year! If you want to know more about my experience at Her Conference, check out the article Lena and I wrote and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter. If you have any questions about the conference, feel free to comment them down below and I’ll be sure to answer! Until the next post!

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