To be quite honest, I’d never really heard of the CVE. A membership form was given out to all the students in our year one class at Massey, and we were told that if we did sign up, we’d be given the chance to win free conference tickets. I signed up, and was lucky enough to win a place at the week-long CVE Immunology conference which was recently held. Another few people from my class had won spots too, but I was the only person who ended up going. Never having been to a conference before, I was a bit apprehensive going alone, as I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can say now that deciding to go was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Every second was worth it.