After 3.4 years finally My Viva in Management Accounting is finally tomorrow 06/11/13 . Am kinda scared but already planning how to celebrate(or moan) after the Viva. Now I have bought myself a Chelsea vs Schalke 04 champions league ticket as its a better bet either way (of the Viva outcome). To be honest I have read all the advice regarding PhD Viva preparation. I have chosen to follow The Bilbo-05....as they were same questions that came up at the mock Viva( I didn't prepare for mock ViVa to be honest). How did you celebrate yours or how are you planning to??Lets go
I didn't celebrate much, because I was shattered! I hadn't slept at all the night before, and although I managed to get 2/3 hours sleep in the morning, come 2pm and my viva, well I don't quite know how I got through it. So all I really wanted to do afterwards was sleep. But I bought a pack of French Fancy cakes (sponge cakes, with cream in them), and a mini Moet et Chandon bottle of champagne. A week or two later my husband and I went out for a nice dinner to celebrate.
Ha the Bilbo-05! I like that :) Hope your viva went ok Bwad.
I started a similar thread myself ages ago. In that thread I typed this:
My viva was a bit unusual as I had to travel to London where my external was based, rather than the usual of them travelling to me. Straight after I went for a drink with my examiners and chair person, which was nice but also a little weird. It's normal at my institution for your supervisor to have a bottle of bubbly in the fridge and for everyone to congregate in the coffee room which I missed out on.
I ummed and aahed about planning anything as I wasn't sure what the outcome was going to be, but in the end I planned a meal with my lab group, supervisors and a few good friends. I then met other friends in the pub. Ended up a hectic night but good fun, especially as I had a good outcome in the viva. I think it would have felt like and anti climax to just go home and do nothing, but as mentioned in other posts, this can be different if you have commitments such as children. Someone in my current team has her viva at the beginning of January. She can't plan anything as she may have to dash accross the city to pick up her children afterwards.
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