I love A Christmas Carol. I’ve read the book, seen stage plays, cartoons, films and other adaptations. The story, in every form I’ve met it, always resonates. It’s only by visits from the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future that Ebeneezer Scrooge is able to see the value of Christmas and see what he needs to change in himself. He needs to see Christmas Past and Present to see what he is missing (and what others are missing) and to see a Future which shows what might happen if he does not change.
You won’t be visited by three spirits or ghosts before your viva! Still, however you feel about the viva – Scrooge-like or not! – it’s worth considering the Past, Present and Future to be ready for it.
- The Past. What have you done that has got you this far? And what have your friends told you about their vivas to set your mind at rest?
- The Present. What do the regulations tell you about what to expect? What might you need to do in the coming weeks and months leading up to your viva?
- The Future. What are the potential likely outcomes for your viva and what do they mean? And what will you do to get ready for it?
Consider, and learn the lessons of the Past, the Present and the Future for your viva!