Tips on dressing for ASDA’s Annual Session 2015 in Boston

Coming to Boston for the first time for ASDA Annual Session 2015? Never experienced a New England winter before? You are probably wondering what to expect!

Boston is an awesome city with so many historical sites, touristy attractions, and local eateries worth checking out. We have compiled a list of tips submitted by Boston dental students.

On staying warm:

“Dressing in layers is good because inside can be super toasty sometimes. Go for mid-thigh coats at the shortest, the chill seeping in where your pants and shirt meet is the worst!”  Lauren Hum, Harvard ’16, second delegate

“Tips for cold: If you stop by a CVS, you can find hand warmers for less than a dollar! They are great for inside your gloves, pockets, and even shoes.” Lauren Kuhn, Harvard ’17, District 1 associate chair on advocacy

“Wearing a dress in the wintertime can seem daunting, but it is totally doable.  Make sure to think “winter dress” which means a thicker material dress with some sort of sleeve, or pairing it with a cardigan or blazer.  As far as your legs go, you would be surprised how far a pair of stockings/leggings/panty hose goes.” Jessica Metcalfe, Boston ’15, first delegate

“Scarfs… people often only think of the cold in Boston, but there’s going to be at least one super windy day so they need something on their face and, to repeat Ryan, their ears. Trying to be Tom Brady in just Uggs and a flannel is going to be a bad time.” Dave Lane, Boston ’16, legislative liaison


Out & about:

“Heels and walking around Boston are not normally words I would put in a sentence.  With the beautiful old-town feeling and cobblestone and brick walkways, there is a great potential of tripping.  So save the heels for the indoors at the conference. I would recommend warm boots, a pair of heels, a pair of flats and maybe even a good walking shoe!” Jessica Metcalfe, Boston ’15, first delegate

“For men: super formal dress shoes are nice, but they typically have a completely bald sole. When you walk in snow or ice while wearing these little dwarf-skis, you’re likely to come face-to-face with the ground you swore you were just standing on. It happens in the blink of an eye. If you have a pair of dress shoes with some real traction, bring them and, more importantly, wear them.” Ryane Staples, predental

“The concept of coat check was foreign when I moved up from the south. Keep a few extra bucks on hand so you can check your big coat and not have it dragging you down all night.” Mike Mayr, Boston ’16, second delegate

“It’s pretty difficult to hail a cab off the street in Boston. The subway is cheap but takes a long time. If you don’t want to deal with public transportation, popular alternatives like Uber and Lyft are great options!  These apps not only offer cheaper fares in many cases, but you can also split your fares on the app with friends riding in the car with you.” Mike Mayr, Boston ’16, second delegate

ASDA’s Annual Session 2015 will be taking over the city of Boston and we want to make sure everyone is prepared for the “best week ever.” Bring your winter coats and your ASDA fever!

Boston will experience a heat wave when dental students from all over the nation bring their ASDA fever to the area. Aside from dressing the part, check out some tips on how to make the best of your experience at Annual Session! Travel safe!

~Jessica Metcalfe, Boston ’15, first delegate & Helen Yang, Harvard ’16, District 1 trustee

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About Jessica Metcalfe and Helen Yang

Jessica is First Delegate from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Helen is from Troy, Michigan and attends Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She currently serves as the 14-15 District 1 Trustee.

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