- 3 years ago
I’m an intern in a school district. My supervisor and I get along, though, she isn’t the type of person I would go out of my way to be friends with or hang out with outside of work. Not her fault at all, she just isn’t my “kind of person”.
Anyway, there is a national convention held every year in our field of work. This year, it is in Washington D.C. which is about an 8 hour drive. My supervisor decided she wanted to go. She contacted our board to see if they would pay to send us to this convention. To her surprise and excitement, they agreed.
I was never really asked if I wanted to go, she assumed I would and I just kind of got sucked into it. I’m not positive, but I don’t think my supervisor would go if I didn’t. I’m not crazy about going. It would be a good experience to go to such a huge convention in my field, but I don’t really enjoy going to these type of things. I would rather read about the information presented on my own time than spend a bunch of (the districts) money to sit in an uncomfortable chair for 4 hours straight. So though it would be something good to have under my belt, I’m not jacked about going. Here’s why:
This convention is 5 days long. That’s just a long time to me. I don’t have kids, but I do have a fiance, a dog, and a cat at home. I don’t like being away from home unless they’re all with me!
My supervisor refuses to fly, so we have to drive. Flying would obviously be faster, but would also be cheaper. Not a fan of long car rides!
The board will pay for our convention fees, hotel fees, and parking costs up front. We have to pay for our food and travel expenses and wait to be reimbursed at a later date. Also, our hotel does not have a fridge and there will be no food provided during the days of the convention. Our hotel also does not provide a continental breakfast, either. This means we will have to go out to eat for every meal, unless we live off of non-parishables which I’m not a fan of. I estimated that food for just myself for the 5 days will cost between $250-$300.
My supervisor also wants to sight see. I know a lot of places in D.C. are free, but some of the ones she wants to go do charge you to get in, and these expenses won’t be reimbursed by the board.
FI and I are very tight on money. I don’t have $250 to throw around willy-nilly. I could swing it, but I would rather use that money toward savings or something we need.
If I back out, the board would only lose $50. But it would still be cheaper for me to cancel than it would be for them to send me. However, I don’t know if my supervisor would go without me and I would feel bad if I backed out and she then decided not to go.
What do you guys think I should do?