…your thesis is done.
…you only have a little way to go.
…is not like your first year.
…you’re at the end of the journey.
…you’re able to think clearly.
…you have experience.
Whatever first year, second year, third year was like, now is not then. Now you’re on the final approach to being done. Now you’re the expert.
Now you can be ready for your viva.
My wife and I really enjoyed the Daredevil show on Netflix. For those who don’t know the character, Daredevil is a superhero who is blind but has super-senses. His hearing, sense of touch, smell and so on are so powerful that he has an advantage over people who can see. Of course, there are some things he can’t do, because despite his super-senses he still can’t see.
Nathan, this is a blog about a vivas and PhDs and stuff!
The character of Daredevil got me thinking about the viva. If you’re on your way to the viva you have a similar situation: you’re blind to what’s coming your way. You don’t know how long it will be, you don’t know what questions are coming, you don’t know what opinions your examiners have formed. There’s a lot you don’t and can’t know.
But like Daredevil you have an advantage: you have the experience of doing your PhD. You have 3+ years of work and thinking about your research, not just the thesis. You can’t see the question coming, but when it comes you know how to tackle it. Why? Because you have superpowers.
(Again, it’s no accident that you’re at the viva)