This morning, I had my doctoral viva exam (or dissertation defence). To say I was nervous in advance is something of an understatement. I was, as they say in the London vernacular, “bricking it”.
Despite the nerves, the worries and the stress-related palpitations, I survived and was told, just 10min after leaving the exam that I’d passed, with minor amendments. This means I’m 99% a doctor of psychology and need to make a few minor updates to the dissertation before resubmitting for it all to be formalised.
It was an eye-opener of an experience on a number of levels:
- I got some quite surprising questions, despite all the prep I’d done.
I was amazed at how much I remembered without having to open my dissertation or look at my notes
It was definitely more of a dialogue than an interrogation
So we’re now counting down the weeks until I’m formally all done and putting this doctorate behind me. Most of my friends and family will be relieved never to hear about it again! It’s been a long slog, but I’ve learnt a tremendous amount and (mostly) enjoyed it along the way.
I have to wait a couple of weeks before I get formal confirmation of the amendments they want me to make, but I’m told they’re very minor. I should be able to knock it on the head over a weekend and then resubmit to get it off my hands.
Now… what to do with my weekends and evenings?