My first scholarly conference is this weekend. The first I'll be presenting at, but also the first I'll be attending. I'm still doing some last minute revisions on my paper-- it actually makes me worry that I'm fiddling too much or will mess something up, we're getting very close to the end now.
I realized that I didn't know how I should refer to citations within my paper, so I had to consult one of my professors yesterday. The last thing I want is to sound like a total moron. I don't want everyone to know this is my first conference. I think the citation question has been resolved, but I'm still nervous. I've been practicing how I'll respond to questions about my paper that I don't know the answer to or questions that are antagonistic: "Thank you, I hadn't considered that." I think this is a safe fall back.
The panel makes me most nervous. There could be some tough questions.
I'll report back this weekend if I survive.