April 30th, 2017.
Almost a month since graduating! Graduation week was fun, got to see my friends again, and finally got the degree. Two years of hard work! Then it was back to my thesis. Hehe. I sat at the very first row, means there was absolutely no chance for me to play on my phone without looking disrespectful. So I did not use my phone at all throughout the entire ceremony apart from checking for the time.. My previous graduation, I was on my phone a lot.. Selfies and all that fun stuff, but this time around it felt way more serious. Hmm? I was planning to write an entire post on graduation, the before and during and all that exciting stuff. But I was so caught up with my work that I delayed that and now I have no mood to write that anymore..
Pictures will do I guess!
Back to the desk!
On my thesis, I’m on the right track. My supervisors, other lecturers and classmates often tell that to me, which I am very pleased with. This means I have time to edit and make changes if I have to. I’m sure I have to.. But the process of reading, writing, getting the right sources is actually quite nice. I’m that strange student who enjoys the working process. Is it strange? It’s been a couple of months and I’m already learning so much. On ethical issues, to consistently arranging meetings with supervisors to make sure I am on the right track to writing and editing my work especially punctuations (which I have actually been reminded of again and again from one of my supervisors since 2015, I definitely have to get on to that this time around). I felt extremely sorry for my supervisors who had to read through all that grammar mistakes. All that scribble on the paper.. I am learning to fix them! One of my supervisors said its quite “enjoyable” to him that we had that meeting where he explained to me about punctuations and grammar. He said it’s because other students also make the same mistakes but he doesn’t get to explain it to them. Probably because his classes are really big classes, it’s really quite difficult to explain one by one. He also recommended me to read a book titled, ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’, it’s quite an easy read in comparison to the everyday grammar books. Meanwhile, my main supervisor whom I make a point of meet with him every week, he very often tells me to go for a holiday because I have already done a lot at this stage. I would love to go but I’ve no idea where to go. Hmm. Normally I answer “I’m good” to how are you questions, but once I said, “I’m okay”, my supervisor seemed concerned almost and asked me what’s wrong. Nothing wrong, on that day I just felt as though I haven’t been doing much that week. Then again, I have come to terms with myself that sometimes I am too harsh on myself. Is it a good trait or a bad trait?
I have also heavily decorated my desk, which I love. A lot of Audrey Hepburn, Moomin and other random stuff I like. By next week, I have to submit my ethics applications, which I have pretty much completed. Just waiting for my supervisor to go through that. Then there’s the presentation where the entire faculty will come and watch (or judge, I don’t know, apparently there will be mean comments or let’s consider them constructive criticism?). Since the induction program, this one particular presentation has been one of the most pressured assessments of the entire unit, despite it being only 10%. Of course, we shouldn’t undermine this 10%, it could bring a Distinction to a High Distinction. I’ve been told that this presentation is the reflection of our supervisors and also the school because at the end of the day we going out to conduct the research under the name of the school. Definitely there’s a lot of pressure there.
Apart from my academic life, I have been shopping way more than I need to. I just cannot resist all those sales. These few weeks, there have been a lot of public holidays. Normally, it’s on a Monday, which means, long weekends! And the next public holiday after Labour Day falls on a Wednesday, which is pretty nice. But, I normally have a lecture on Wednesday evenings; so I guess there’ll either be a replacement or an online class perhaps.