After my viva, after a short break in my office, my internal examiner came to collect me by saying, “Nathan, it’s time for your sentence,” as if I was a man in court on my way to see the judge.
He meant it as a joke, but it didn’t feel like a joke for a moment or two!
You can’t pick what words others might use to describe your viva. Maybe you prefer the result. The outcome? The verdict? The level of corrections? The ending?
You can’t pick what words others use, but you can help yourself by choosing yours. What words are helping you (or not) when you think about your viva?
Lying to yourself won’t help, but you can choose to think of passes and outcomes rather than corrections and verdicts.