HUSTEF 2022 Experience (Budapest, Hungary)

My very first conference as both a speaker and an audience member

Pricilla Bilavendran
4 min readNov 10, 2022

Hello Everyone,

I hope everything is going well for you. I was gone for a few days and traveled extensively. I’ve simply sat down to write down my thoughts.
In 2022, I established a goal that should be a speaker for an in-person conference. I was submitting papers to a number of conferences. And I got chosen for HUSTEF. It was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable days of my life. At the same time, I was apprehensive and doubtful that I would make it. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that this is my first travel to Europe, my first in-person conference, and so on.

I began to concentrate on mentally and physically preparing for the conference. Fortunately, my talk was based on my personal experience, so putting everything together was a breeze. Meanwhile, the event organizers are quite nice and helpful.

I have to leave my family behind for personal reasons and must go alone. The day arrived after much planning and preparation.
I went thousands of miles to reach Hungary. The HUSTEF team hosted a special dinner for conference speakers the day before the conference. It was a pretty delicious supper (most of the food was new to me). I had the opportunity to meet and greet a number of the speakers.