After the craziness that was Week 9, this week has been rather relaxing in contrast, however still lot’s on, especially as this coming week is when I have all three of my presentations. Two of these are being graded as they are for our coursework subjects and one is for our thesis and therefore ungraded. The thesis presentation is to be half an hour long and presented to the entire Honours cohort. The aim of this is to explain our literature review to the group and where we are up to in the process of the thesis. So hanging out for next weekend… oh except then it is study for the exam which is on the Monday. And so it goes on.
I wish we had SPARKLY microphone’s for our presentations!
As I mentioned last week, my first project committee meeting was held on Monday between my supervisor, another academic and myself. I was fairly nervous going into this as I wasn’t sure quite what to expect but I am pleased to say it went surprisingly well. Prior to the meeting we had to submit a research proposal (an outline of what our topic is, what we are researching, how we are going to do conduct the research) for the academic to peer–review. The meeting began with me summarizing the proposal – my hands were gesturing wildly and I think my voice was rather high(er than usual), all signs that I was nervous – which was then followed by the academic giving us feedback. The feedback was fairly positive and very constructive in the way that I could improve the thesis to make it stronger. An example of the feedback that I received was the fact that we had forgotten to define exactly what work-life balance was… no biggie, just the main definition of my thesis This is the perfect example of why a committee meeting is so useful. It ensures that these sorts of things are picked up now rather than further down the track or not at all. When you get so caught up in something you tend to oversee these things, however big or small they are to your project. So while I am glad the meeting is over it was definitely one of the most useful and productive things we have had to do all year.
The meetings are also an opportunity to make edits to the proposal before doing a final copy and submitting it to the Honours co-ordinator. Fortunately this has now been done and I have spent the weekend focusing on these upcoming presentations… with a few cheeky social outings too
Two more weeks and semester 1 is over! We then have 3.5weeks of SWOT VAC, however in between studying for the exam and handing our final essay in, I will also be starting my qualitative research. So I am sure lots of fun to be had as I start to interview my fellow Generation Y aquaintances and find out about their perceptions and expectations on work-life balance…
In the coming weeks I have some exciting announcements to make (blog related, not honours related) but I hope you all enjoy your Sunday evening for now!