The Vivapocalypse is Nigh!

Disconcertingly nigh, by this point. I’m not sure how much more I can really do to prepare. I do need to try and maintain enough focus to get information from my brain to my vocal cords – something I often find a little troublesome when put on the spot. I always have. But then, I suppose a great many people have this trouble.

I also need to continue stalking my examiners, because knowing their work will be really helpful in knowing what they might quiz me on. And I have a couple of concepts which I need to brush up on the finer details of…

But really, by this point I’m quite confident in the actual science in my thesis. I know my strong points and I know my weak points where they exist. I know the things to boast about, and I know the things which have had the most impact in my research community. I just need to hold onto three main things – be bold, admit when I don’t know, and be enthusiastic!

My continued apologies to anyone who I should have e-mailed back over the past week, or any other commitments of mine which have been delayed. Needless to say, I’m a little preoccupied. What, with a thesis to defend and everything. Normal service will resume shortly, I promise. In the meantime, expect sporadic nonsense and occasional venting on here as the pressure continues to build.

Now, it is my intention to drink all the coffee…


About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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  3. Baribal says:

    You can also prepare by realizing that by doing your research, you’ve been trailblazing through terra incognita, and that thus you will be the only person in the room who will know about your area of research not only tangentially.

    • invaderxan says:

      This is something I keep trying to remind myself – technically, it’s my work so I’m the expert. Though the effectiveness of this particular tactic is… variable.

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