In the business of theology it is hard not to be controversial - Jurgen Moltmann

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

決戰前夕 :: gearing up

My supervisor gave me a rehearsal of the viva (oral defence) the other day.  He called himself a viva pessimist and prompted me that anything could happen, but also admonished me that I have to believe in my own thesis, and since it is (should be) the best I can do at this stage, I must defend it in the best way I can.

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我從香港混愕回來,老師從冰島講學回來,就在蘇格蘭國家藝術館外,溫暖陽光與冰涼清風交疊的咖啡座上,來個論文口試預演。

說預演,其實也是面授機玄,讓我醒覺要特別注意的重點,和怎樣應付一些可能是故意刁難的問題。

老師說,對於口試,他從來都是個悲觀主義者,只因為太多影響結局的因素,甚麼事情都可以發生。

總之,要相信自己的論文,這是我這個階段所能夠做到最好的,就要好好地盡力保護它。

總之,在整個口試的房間裡,我才是對這論文掌握最透徹的人,不要被橫飛的炮火嚇怕。

總之,要精準,簡潔,到題,不遊花園,不亢不卑。

為了準備口試,再次把論文列印裝裱,拿在手上,才有機會自己觀賞一下,第一次感受到它的實在。(上次印出來,一印好裝好馬上就拿到樓上的人文及社會科學院辦公室,簽了裡面的作者權責聲明,交了,自己都沒多看兩眼。)

噢,好像真的寫得不錯。

放心,我一定全力保護你。 

7 comments:

Pakkin said...

加油加油~~~

kakashi said...

口試完,就可以找出版社了:)

愛丁堡.四十不惑 said...

好貴重的寶貝,要愛她,看重她,相信她,她是從而出的孩子,只有你最瞭解她,別人可以誤會她,你要相信她。

誰是External reader?

connect2truth said...

支持支持,不要怕、只要信!

Perng Shyang said...

加油(不加价)!
祝你马到功成!

Yam 飲者 said...

Thank you everybody for your blessing and goodwill.
Sorry that my Chinese entry has suddenly stopped working this morning. Simply does not respond on ANY applications.

pakkin: Oil is expensive, just add a little bit is enough, no need to say twice :)

kakashi: Would your (YOUR, not your boss) publisher be interested in the Chinese edition?

Edinburgh unperplexed Junzi: yes, as you said '好貴重的寶貝', it is indeed expensive and heavy. :D
My external examiner is Chris Deacy in Canterburry, who is one of the 5 most active academics in Theology and Film over the last few years -- in the whole world.

truth: I trust therefore I am.

perng: Right on! Add oil without adding price.

Ming Yeung said...

不「加油」了,俾心機啊!得嘅一定得!