This summer, EducationUSA advisers Maryam Khan and Ayesha Siddiqi attended the EducationUSA Forum and the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC)’s 2022 conference respectively.
The annual forum was held in Washington D.C. from August 2 to August 4. The program included concurrent information sessions, a global showcase, and a visa information session. Representatives of U.S. postsecondary institutions, the higher education community, and EducationUSA advisers from all over the world were in attendance.
At a session attended by higher education institution (HEI) representatives from around 100 different U.S. schools, Khan had the opportunity to present on the rising mobility of Pakistani students and pertinent recruitment trends.
IACAC 2022 Conference
The annual IACAC conference was a three-day event held from July 12 to July 14 at the University of New Mexico’s picturesque campus in Albuquerque. Over 1,100 people attended in person, including college counselors from various countries, U.S. HEI representatives, members of the education community at large, and 13 EducationUSA advisers. Hundreds of high school counselors also logged in virtually for the hybrid sessions, including 18 from Pakistan. The opening ceremony featured Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s first Poet Laureate, and the conference wrapped up with dinner and dance at the stunning ABQ Bio Park Botanic Garden.
During the conference, Siddiqi had the chance to man the EducationUSA booth, network with key HEI representatives and service providers in the education sector and attend sessions ranging from adviser wellness and financial aid trends to counseling students of color and making creative use of digital spaces.