…you’re ready to face one more challenge: your viva!
Wait, I skipped ahead! Go back to the beginning…
You got onto a PhD programme because you were good enough. Your story before then, your successes, your challenges, your grades and skills, they convinced your institution you could do a PhD.
You worked through to submission because you were good enough. It won’t have been easy. You’ll have had success but also lots of challenges. Some days and weeks will have been joyous, but perhaps some months will have felt awful. In the end though, you did it. You did your research, you wrote your thesis and submitted it. One more milestone reached.
You prepared for your viva by building on what you did. You highlighted the important stuff, reflected on how you did it and got ready to talk to your examiners. You’re good enough. You really are!
You’re good enough, and now you’re ready to face one more challenge: your viva!
Now, right at the end, it’s worth reflecting on the journey that’s got you this far.