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In the last 4 days, we have written a letter to the editor, abstract and a poster for out manuscripts in class. It has been a whirlwind of a week and does not show any signs of slowing down. The abstract was possible the easiest part and the letter to the editor was the hardest. It seems that it was harder for me to write a compelling letter to the editor that would encourage them to review my manuscript. I hope I will convince them to read past the letter to the editor.
In class we have extensively discussed writing our manuscripts according to the guidelines set by our chosen journal. Submissions can be rejected without revisions when individuals do not comply with the rules that the journal makes. To me, this is discouraging and embarrassing. I have been spending a lot of time trying to ensure that I understand the rules and that nothing slips through the cracks. I am trying to ensure that I understand exactly what I need to do with my submission. When beginning my manuscript, I thought the research would take the longest. As a whole, yes the research did take the longest but if you consider all the time I have spent doing technical things, I think I have spent the same amount time ensuring I am doing things correctly. This includes citing and complying with the rules of my journal submission. It is always the little things that you do not consider in the beginning that can give you the largest headache.
Friday was our career day in Savannah and it is now beginning to feel very real that I am getting to the end of my education. My education will continue for the rest of my life but there will be not grades in the future. It is scary and exciting all at the same time. I know I will end up where I am meant to be but I hope it is the same place I want to be. Only time will tell.
I asked a friend to tell me to study today. This is how she responded.