The viva is a conversation.
The viva is a test.
The viva is the end of the PhD.
The viva is pass or fail.
The viva is inevitable.
The viva is something you can prepare for.
The viva is an unknown because it’s different every time.
The viva is your one chance.
There are lots of ways that people talk about the viva. Lots of comparisons. Lots of things that are true and lots of things that are “true”.
The viva is lots of things but you don’t have to take time to consider them all. You can invest your energy in the aspects that help you; you can remember that the viva that matters most to you is your viva.
The viva is the viva.
Your viva is your viva. What elements can you focus on to help yourself? What actions can you take to be ready?