This is my second year attending SfN. Last year, I managed to pull off a pretty successful run. However, SfN is such a vast meeting that the experience you have there is redefined every year you go, depending on where you are in your career.
This year, I am a
first year grad student and will be scoping out roughly 3x the content
(catering to rotations) as when I was a research assistant last year.
This means that burn-out is 3x as likely, but I have planned my schedule
with two things in mind:
1) I will not get to everything that I have put on my itinerary.
The goal is to get an introduction to the most exciting recent activity
in the 3 areas encompassing my rotation projects, and not to get bogged
down by exciting developments in these entire fields. I have some
people to meet, some "old" acquaintances to schmooze, and some free mugs
to acquire. Should be baller.
I was going to write a First Year Graduate Student's Survival Guide to SfN, but found that Dr Becca has beaten me to it: SfN Survival 101. Check out her stellar overview of things to keep in mind while planning your SfN experience. Seriously, she hits everything.
As for yours truly, although I am not an official Neuroblogger this year, I will be reporting regularly. And I will be seeing some of y'all at BANTER...