Graduate students and junior faculty should attend many academic conferences to expand both their network and their knowledge, Nate Kreuter, an assistant professor of English at Western Carolina University, writes in this commentary. They should socialize with colleagues in similar programs but aim to meet those in other areas as well, he writes. "Conference attendance is an important part of acculturation into the discipline, and one of the best ways to learn what people at other programs are doing and thinking about, one of the best ways to get out of the insular bubble that is your own program," he notes.

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