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May. 4th, 2005 | 02:09 pm

Well. I did it. I made my entry into the scientific world, by presenting a paper at a conference.

It went well, actually. I was quite thoroughly terrified, and I think justified in my terror... but years of theatre and dance and performing and talking in front of groups in general have helped me to at least convey confidence, even if I don't feel it.

It also helps that the podium hid the fact that my right leg was shaking through most of my talk.

I noticed something really interesting... my mentor spoke right before me, on a similar subject, which meant that the moderator opened the floor to questions on both talks... while many mentors would have taken this opportunity to jump in and answer on behalf of their student, mine didnt'. She trusted me to know my experiment and know the background and be able to think on my feet and answer the questions. There was one question on which I was completely lost, so I provided a related answer, which L (my mentor) elaborated on, as the questioner, not satisfied with my answer (and rightly so, I'll grant) redirected his question to her. But ultimately, I handled the questions reasonably well. And it makes me feel really good about myself to know that my mentor had the confidence in me to let me stand for myself. I am still a student and have a great deal to learn... but I'm also becoming a colleague, in a real sense, and that is everything.

And tomorrow, I can relax and enjoy the beach!

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We Were Like the World's Gayest Ninjas

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from: thunderemerald
date: May. 4th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Hey, congrats! That's a huge step! Go you. :)

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Fata Morgana

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from: chimerically
date: May. 4th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations - that's awesome! Enjoy the beach - it's raining here. :~P

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jillB

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from: jilflirt
date: May. 4th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Way to go! It sounds like you did really well. You are more confident and capable than you seem to think!

We missed you at sewing last night. Mariel and I got told we were basket cases by a 14 year old.

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: May. 5th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
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a 14 year old? I need to hear this story...

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rula

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from: rula
date: May. 4th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
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congratulations! that must be such a great feeling. good for you :)

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shallwedance_

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from: shallwedance_
date: May. 5th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
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Yay! (Not that I ever doubted you'd be fine.) Now to celebrate...

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Liz

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from: stellae
date: May. 5th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh... *drools*

Except I already have them on video... what do I do with my old VHSs?

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shallwedance_

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from: shallwedance_
date: May. 5th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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I know someone who would give them a good home...

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