You'll Get There...
I started my PhD in the fall of 2016. Because I work with a clinical population, data is very hard to come by. Following up with families for 6 months just to get them to send the consent form in is not uncommon.
It is very dejecting when all your friends are attending and/or presenting at conferences yearly.
"You'll get there. Keep at it. Human work is the hardest, especially when it's a clinical study with children," said one professor.
She wasn't wrong.
I'll be attending conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America this year and presenting at 3 of them.
All main conference-related travel (registration, flight, accommodation) will be funded by a combination of The Boss, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The International Behavioural Neuroscience Society, The International Brain Research Organisation, and UBC Neuroscience.
(I'll hit a slump again next year since I'm basically presenting all my data now)
Don't give up if you're in that I'm-not-getting-anywhere slump.
Some of you will be like me: stubborn tortoises. We'll get there. So will the hares. We just get there at different times.
And that's ok.