I'm weighing the costs/benefits of going to a conference in New York despite living in Seattle.
My main motivation is that I want the undergraduate thesis I finished earlier this year to be published. In the future I may decide to apply to graduate school and search out opportunities to do research in a different topic.
If I just showed Universities/future job prospects that I was accepted at a conference would it carry as much weight as being a published conference paper?
My reasons for not going basically boil down to: -Its a big hassle and investment time/money -The conference could be rather dry -I want to go but how do I know that I won't just change my mind about it later after already committing?