Alhamdulillah. After years of labs, writings, sleepless nights,etc, I finally graduated in July. This long journey is a test of your perseverance, patience and hopes. Yes emotional journey. Macam-macam perasaan, susah hati, sakit kepala, stressed, blank bila writing, takut. You name it!! Phew, am really2 grateful that its finally over. Syukur sangat2 okeh. Huhu
The key to success though sound cliche is effort and doa! Do your very best first (all out ok!) then humbly ask for Allah’s help. InsyaAllah PhD will be yours. My viva lasted for 1 1/2 hr. The external examiner (so fatherly figure, Italian professor) was so kind in person but very critical in his questions. He had this long list of questions on a piece of paper prepared before the viva. So the viva was like a verification process by your examiner to see/examine that if you really know what you did. The theory or the principle behind your work. And they also wanted to know if it is really your own work. Coz you never know that maybe someone could hire people to do or write the work/thesis for him. During my viva, some of the questions asked were like “what do you mean by this sentence/word/para?, why the graph is like this etc. I think it should be like this or that. What do you think?……..” There were 2/3 questions that I could not answer very well especially in the introduction chapter but he helped me a bit and explained about it at the end. There would definitely be two or three unexpected questions.
My tips, usaha mesti kuat, lepas tu doa, doa dan doa. Its the power of doa!