I just finished the biggest annual conference in statistics, Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Such annual national conferences are normally very busy and could be extremely overwhelming to junior people who don’t have a lot of national conference experience. I recall the first time I attended JSM, I felt extremely terrible. I didn’t know thing, about both the talks and the utility of the conference. Frankly speaking, I thought it would be a great networking experience to talk to the big names, which possibly can get me to a good grad school. (That was during the time I was applying for Ph.D. programs) I was completely wrong, at least about my personal capability of networking. Hence, by the time the conference ended that year, I thought it was a completely nightmare, and was complete traumatized. I missed the next 5 years’ JSM until this year. In those 5 years, I turned to ENARs, which is a slightly smaller conference concentrating on biostatistics. This year, I had some work spare to present and decided to presented at JSM. Surprisingly, I had fun at the conference that I used to fear (not that extreme) even in the virtual form. I also imagine I could have more fun if it was in-person, besides its in Settle. With such drastic comparison, I would like to re-visit my nightmare experience and put the myself now in the old shoes to see what could I have done to improve my national conference experience. I hope this could help other junior graduate students to have better experience during their first national conference, and don’t live the nightmare I had.