I did not throw up on the podium. Awesome.
I actually really enjoyed my panel, the other two papers were really interesting. I was the second of three papers, and although the tips of my fingers were tingling all through the first paper when it was my turn I actually felt pretty good. The first few paragraphs were a little shaky, but once I found my stride at about page three it was pretty smooth sailing.
Alice Julier, who mentored me through this paper was there to watch, and my good friend Lilly (www.consuminglilly.com) was also in attendance. There were about thirteen people total who watched me give my paper, any more and I think I would have been way more nervous. The paper itself needs a little bit of tweaking to make it ready to be published in a journal, the possibility of which is incredibly exciting!
The rest of the conference was really interesting, there was a ton of really fascinating research, as well as a few flops. All the people I met were wonderful and I find myself back in Boston ready to get my thesis done. There are some very important questions I need to answer surrounding my thesis, like how long it's going to be as well as how long I am going to take to to write it. The timeline question being really important becasue of my immigration status. I need to answer these questions by the end of the week.
Looking forward to going to next year's conference in Indiana.