It's been a while since I have written! Between the holidays, submitting an abstract for an(other) international conference, and receiving a paper rejection, my days have been pretty hectic. I am definitely ready for some warmer weather and to be no longer cooped up with my snuggie and hot chocolate in my cold office.
I received my first paper rejection. While paper rejection rates are quite large in atmospheric science (many reject between 25-60% of submitted manuscripts), it was still disappointing. I had spent countless hours writing and editing, coding and perfecting figures, and checking all my calculations. All this time seemed wasted when I received the review. The reviewer brought up many valid and important questions my manuscript did not address and I understand the reviewer's concerns. However, the editor encouraged resubmission and the reviewer offered many helpful suggestions, so I have spent the previous weeks making changes and doing my best to make the paper even better. Hopefully I will resubmit by the end of the month!
Graduate school is stressful and there's always a million things to do. While I have had some setbacks, it's really meaningful for me to reflect how much I have learned and grown over the past several years that led me to this point. Mistakes are inevitable. But being able to learn from my mistakes and move on is what makes this learning experience really rewarding. There are times when I think to myself: Is this worth it? But at the end of the day, I'm curious to learn more about my field of research and share my findings with others.