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Voluntary work - great idea. I don't do any but have been thinking about learning about falconry. I think its fascinating.
Distractions - plenty. I've just bought hens. They're entertaining to watch and will pay their way (no eggs yet). Digging the garden is a great stress reliever and productive too.
Good luck. Get some perspective. I've finished my PhD and although corrections are still a tiresome part of my life, in the grand scheme of things, my research on some abstract area that no-one is particularly interested in is just a tiny drop in the ocean.
Lara, I handed my thesis in on 30th October 2008. I had my viva in Feb. Waiting until now is unreasonable. We have a 12 week cut-off point for examiners to set a date after submission. You've waited 6 months - that's not normal by anyone's book. You must get some official response.
RubyW - brutality of mock was as much to do with examiners and their personal orthodoxies as it was with questions. In the actual viva, the two examiners came from different positions so it made for an interesting (and occasionally conflicting) dialogue, between themselves, as well as for me.
Both were very tough, examiners very prepared and experienced. I prepared well, mainly due to the shock of the mock. I think it was the preparation that stood me in good
Now to the future...
Coastman asked for viva tips, funny stories...
My external examiner was starving and ate fruit (bananas, apples etc.) she'd brought with her from a tupperware throughout the 3 hour viva. She also bought her own teabags. She was idiosyncratic - and I hugely admired her for that.
She called 'a spade, a spade' and kissed me at the end and told me how much she'd enjoyed reading the thesis!
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