About 10 years ago, I joined my college buddies on a spring canoe trip in the Boundary Waters. I couldn’t resist after hearing countless stories about camping under the stars, nightly fish frys and out-of-this world fishing.
To prepare, I talked to my buddies. They said to bring fishing gear, sleeping bag, light clothing and some food. Everything had to fit into a canoe, so I shouldn’t over-pack. Was that a mistake!
That spring happened to be extremely cold and dry in the Boundary Waters. My light-weight sleeping bag wasn’t nearly warm enough for the 30 degree nights, and my shorts and t-shirts weren’t worn at all due to the cold, snowy days. My fishing gear was adequate, but we only caught enough fish for two fish frys due to low water levels, so we ate a lot of noodles.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it was still a fun and memorable trip. In hindsight, I should have researched the trip more before jumping into it with both feet. Advisors, maybe the same can be said for your first foray into social media.