This is a question I didn’t realise I was asking myself before my viva.
All of my friends told me I would be fine. They’d passed their vivas, they told me I would pass mine. It would be OK.
Why? Why would it all be fine? Why would I be OK? I didn’t know.
I didn’t know that most candidates pass – and pass with minor corrections. I had no idea.
I didn’t know what examiners did in the viva. I didn’t know if there was a format. Were there expectations for vivas? I didn’t know.
I didn’t know what I might be asked about. I had a good understanding of everything I’d done, but I didn’t know if that would be enough. Would that match what my examiners wanted to know? I had no clue.
Everyone told me I would be OK. If I’d been a little more self-aware at the time I would have known to ask, “Why?”
Your viva can be fine. Find out more about what they’re like, find out what you can do to be ready. Then go and be fine.
You’ll be OK.