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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I did it! I did it!

Okay so most of you know that I was going to do my oral defense of my dissertation today. Well the exam lasted for three hours and the six examiners asked a number of questions. Fortunately I could answer all the questions that they asked. There weren't questions so much as an intellectual discussion about my work. Mom and Auntie Maggie went with me and Auntie Maggie said that she was amazed that when the examiners asked the questions she wanted to know how I would remember the question, let alone how I would be able to answer the questions but she said I listened with a great degree of focus and when I answered, it was like I was reading from a book - except that there was no book in front of me to read from.

The examiners said they were impressed with the quality of my work and they appreciated that there were no (or hardly any) spelling mistakes! They said that I really should publish some of the work - especially Chapter 4. They also wanted to know what this work would mean for me. I said that it's irrelevant whether the dissertation stays on a shelf in the Archives of Canada. What's important is that I do something with it so that at the end of my life, whenever that is, I would have made a difference to someone's.  life. Then my life will have mattered.

3 comments:

  1. I don't think that I have ever commented on your blog (in writing) so let me be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS! Some may view at this as the end of a journey for you, but knowing you, this is more of a temporary rest area, not unlike those 'historical sites' on a car trip. A major milestone, but by no means a final destination.

    Way to go Dr. Sukhan! I am sure your Dad would have been proud.

    Brent

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  2. Yah Dr Sukhan!

    We are all so proud of your accomplishments! Can't wait to celebrate your successes!

    Love Sunita, Mike, Izabel and Ronin

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  3. CONGRATS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATS CONGRATULATIONS

    NO HILL IS TOO HIGH NO SLOOP IS TOO STEEP FOR YOU HAVE PROVEN TO ALL THAT YOU CAN TAKE ON ANY CHALLENGE AND BE SUCCESSFUL AT IT.
    PROUD OF YOU GIRL {COUSIN}.

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