Wednesday, May 06, 2009


I've been revising for my PhD exams (viva next week, mock viva this week) so am not around much on the blogging front, which will continue for a bit.

It's a bit nerve wracking, as the stakes are indeed quite high. I would hate to mess up all my work in the final stages by not being prepared enough, which I don't feel I am at the moment... I was told that you could swing the final decision on your thesis either way in the viva, which puts more pressure on you to perform well on the day. Not to over-exaggerate, but I really don't like this feeling of impending doom. It's a rather nasty final countdown at this point. It's like being on the academic equivalent of death row, though obviously the examiners won't finish me off physically on the day. It's the most horrible stressful thing I've actually chosen to do in my life. How the hell do I keep so much work and knowledge in my head on the day, under all that stress...???

Oh well, thank goodness for perky pop songs and Elvis in luridly technicoloured, Hollywood hip-swivelling mode. There are marginally better quality videos of this song, but this one crops out more of the stage and the prancing women. I'm afraid it's the most upbeat thing I could think of in my ongoing viva hell, with it's irresistible finger-snappin', foot-tappin' bongo beat.


Helen McCookerybook said...

Claire, you are one of the most intelligent women I know. Don't be silly-you will sail through your viva with flying colours, possibly even enjoy it as i did. You will find that you know infinitely more on your subject than your examiners which is exactly as it should be. If they fail you I shall personally come down and sing Donny Osmond songs to them at maximum volume until they beg for mercy!
Good luck, girl!

Claire said...

Thanks Helen, that means a lot coming from you. The whole thing is so weird at the end and with the best will in the world, if you haven't done a PhD I think it's difficult to understand the stressful strangeness of it all. At least after my mock I'll have more idea of what preparation to do for the remaining days.