laTeX issue with rmarkdown's render

It’s 8pm in Merced, California, beginning of fall and we’re 35C. I’m working on job applications and I’m trying to render a document written in R markdown to word and pdf documents. The method I always use is suddenly failing while trying to render my Rmd file to pdf. When rendering via RStudio, pressing the render button from the research2pdf.Rmd file, the process just gets stuck, so I switch to a terminal to run R from the command line.