This is already my 4th semester as a PhD student. Time flies so fast when you’re really busy thinking, writing, reading, and reading, writing, and thinking.
I had my confirmation exam (or more commonly known as dissertation proposal defense) and got grilled by a panel of examiners last Monday, Jan. 25. It was a nerve wracking ordeal that I had to go through at 9:30 AM – and I’m not a morning person! My brain cells weren’t working yet at that time.
Thankfully, I passed. The examiners thought that my research was really a good one, despite mine being qualitative in the sea of highly quantitative research projects. One even commented that there should be more studies like this.
See? Confidently beautiful with a heart. LOL.
And now, the other half of my PhD life is about to take place. I am now a confirmed PhD candidate! Confiiiiiiiirmed! Hehe.
I already survived my first semester in PhD! It’s the longest 5 months of my life!
Here’s my photo with my PhD classmates during one of our chillax sessions before Christmas break. We’re trying to maintain a smooth work-life balance as much as we can. Hehe.
Thanks to Jiahui Loh (my classmate Andrew’s wife) for this photo. 🙂
Dadi left and went back to Manila in the morning of August 4. Huhu. We’re officially LDR. Huhu. 🙁
Also on that day was my matriculation in NTU. Since I was done with the registration in the International Student Center and medical exam and got the results already, this was the next step (they don’t use the words enrollment and enlistment, by the way). I prepared myself to wait in long queues, I brought candies and a book to read, just like my good old enrollment days in UP Diliman. When I got to the Lecture Theater 7 for my matriculation , I saw a long queue but it was moving pretty fast. We were then seated inside a fully air-conditioned theater and waited for our names to be called. After an hour of waiting, my matriculation was done. Yes, that fast.
The most peaceful enrollment I’ve experienced for years. I almost fell asleep while queuing dahil tahimik. I missed the UP war zone during enrollment days. #missinghome #missingmystudentsandcofaculty #missingallthekaguluhan
Next step, aside from attending tons of orientations and enjoying free food and goodies, is choosing our subjects. Yay!