The Last Lap
Finally, after 3.5 years, I’m in the last leg of my degree. I’ve handed up all my assignments, presented in my last colloquium, and today at noon handed in my completed undergraduate thesis paper. The final lap of my Bachelor’s degree lasts for approximately 10 days and will be filled with 4 final papers and a thesis defense session. On April 22nd, 2009, at 2pm, I can call myself an unofficial graduate.
You’re probably wondering why I’m not poring over textbooks right now, considering the fact that my first paper is on Friday. Well, after only 4 plus hours of sleep (not to mention the stress that came with completing my thesis), I’ve decided to take a breather and tuck in early for the night… before I resume the final lap tomorrow morning.
But before I do that, I thought I’d give some thanks some people who went out on a limb to help me complete my thesis (either by helping me recruit participants, distributing my surveys for me, helping with data analysis, lab report etc. etc). I know I should be studying but, better now than never. After all, once I start procrastinating, I might never stop.
I want to give loads of thanks and IOUs to:
Matthew Lim, (Jason’s younger brother) to whom I owe lunch for rounding up as many teenage friends as possible on MSN before introducing me to…
Erik, who is so lucky to have a cousin like me who makes use of the fact that he and his friends meet the criteria of my target sample… and is so willing to drive to Subang and back multiple times for the responses. IOU in the form of… advice and guidance from an older cousin
Elvira, Kingsley, Kevin S., Priscilla Lim, Puveshni, Jasbir, Betsy & Angelreena who responded to my Facebook and real-life requests and helped me distribute my questionnaires to their teenage friends, students, church members and family members.
Kok Wui, who endured calls at all hours of the day (rush hours in particular) about statistics and SPSS questions… and demands, in addition to distributing questionnaires on my behalf.
Ivy and Konrad, who helped me review the discussion section of my lab report (even though it was actually Konrad who did it, Ivy was the one who sent it to him).
Wei Zhi, whose university database I owe 80% of the past research I used in my literature review in the first place. I still owe you lunch in Penang. I’ll probably do it in Perth then
Bee Sim, who answered my million questions, endured my million speculations and complaints about my thesis… and who printed it for me too. =]
Khai Lee who (spontaneously) gave me May Leng’s contact in the first place… and to whom I owe so many lobster thermidores I’ve lost count =P.
Dr. Liau, my supervisor, who has been extremely helpful and has provided me with constructive advice and unlike some supervisors, has not misled me or left me to fend for myself.
Most importantly, I owe immense gratitude to God for all his blessings in leading me to these people.
Note: A friend of mine recently shared this blog post with me. I thought you guys would appreciate it too. =]