There is a first time for everything. For me, traveling to the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Conference 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) established my first experience 1) at a national conference and 2) in NOLA. Thankfully, because of funds provided by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education at the University of Delaware (UD) and by my advisor Dr. Megan Killian, I was able to share my research and learn about other’s research at ORS. Not only that, but also more important for my professional development and career, I had the opportunity to meet many of my idols and those that have inspired my future career in the field of orthopaedics. Alongside my idols, I met several of my peers from other Biomedical Engineering Graduate Departments, including the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Purdue, and Mount Sinai, and became closer friends with them through conversations about the similarities in our research and life as a graduate student. Twitter however is responsible for most of these connections (#TwitterFriends). For example, the selfie in this blog is a group of amazing people that, prior to the conference, I followed on Twitter and, now, they are some of my favorite people that I plan to stay in contact with for the rest of my life as either future co-workers and/or friends. Additionally, those from UD that attended the conference conversed and caught-up over the unique NOLA cuisine at one large dinner table. The culture, such as the food and live music, in NOLA was so diverse and engaging, as were the research talks at ORS. Listening to the research talks at ORS lent new insights for my future research in the Killian Lab at UD. Learning from my first experience, I look forward to my second experience at ORS!