I was chatting to a Research Assistant within my team when one of my supervisors came into my office and asked whether I had read the email. She said that she thought I had read it and half-expected that I was in some kind of celebratory mood already. I quickly refreshed my mailbox and there it was – an email from the Graduate Research Centre advising me of the outcome of my thesis examination. I quickly read it and was really happy when I found out that one of the examiners, a prominent Professor from London Business School and somebody who is widely respected in the area of television research, passed my thesis forthright. He also gave me great input and pointers that would improve my thesis and any journal publication based on my research. The other examiner, also another prominent Professor from Monash University, passed my thesis with some minor modifications, that are relatively simple to change and explain. He also gave me a lot of practical input that I would apply on my thesis before its final publication. YAAAAAAAY! 🙂
So that is it – the result of two years of hard work, sleepless nights, and staying up until 6am. Unfortunately as I would only finalise my thesis in July, I am not eligible to join the graduation ceremony in August. I will have to wait until March 2013 for my graduation – by then I would be deep in my doctoral research already! If everything goes according to plan, I will be starting my PhD at the end of July this year. 🙂
Some people may probably wonder whether I would ever get tired of studying – I know that I inherit my Dad’s stubbornness and I must have got my persistence and inquisitiveness from Mum. I love learning and discovering new things – it keeps my mind alert and it further exposes new horizon and things to unravel (I know what Ecclesiastes 12:12 warns me against too much studying … hehehe. “But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out.”). At the moment, I’m still enjoying myself!
I know the next three years are going to be rewarding and yet exhausting – but I’m ready to tackle the challenge! 🙂
So that’s the final update for now – I’m still home alone and cold with Indy waiting for me outside my study, no doubt feeling cold and wanting me to finish working in the study. I communicate with Yani regularly through MSN and Facebook messages – I suppose that’s the new method of marital communication! She’s doing fine in Indonesia but of course, she’s very concerned with her dad’s condition. So if you’re the praying kind, perhaps you can support our prayers as well. On the weather front, Adelaide has been really cold and really wet -Thursday was apparently the wettest June day in the last six years. On top of it, it’s cold! It’s only 4.9C at the moment … Brrrrr!