I feel like I might be getting a bit of a glimpse of how big a boost I was given in my REU just by the data having already been downloaded and prepared.
I’ve been feeling a bit like a slacker (aka proto-failure, obvs) because as an undergraduate I was able to make really fast progress on an analysis in just 10 weeks.
At the time it didn’t strike me as anything special. The analysis was fun. It has only just now struck me that there was a lot of work and preparation that went into that project that I didn’t even see, let alone do.
While I am still running behind schedule on the long road toward a doctorate, realizing that it isn’t because I’m somehow half as competent as I was in 2008 makes a huge difference to my morale.