A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Technically, I was supposed to graduate last month. However, on the second week of January, I received an e-mail from my supervisor that said my thesis was not perfect enough to be graded, and thus I could not graduate on January.
Disappointed? Damn right I was! However, after scheduling a meeting with my supervisor, I understood where I got wrong and decided to get back on my feet. My supervisor was very supportive too. He pointed out things that I missed out for my thesis and supported me that I could revise it within two months.
Yes, he gave me two months time to revise my thesis until early March. I had to hand in my final draft on the last week of February so he could grade it until March. He told me that I could graduate on March.
I was thrilled and super inspired. After the meeting, I went straight home and planned a study plan to revise my thesis. I set out new deadlines for myself.
At first, I broke down. I worked nonstop for a week, felt very exhausted on Wednesday of that week, and on Friday I broke down and cried. This was harder than I previously thought it would be. Thank goodness I have a line-up of supportive people whom I could always trust and who always offer their shoulders to cry on. From them, I learn that I should not overwork myself, and thus I set out a new rule: no studying and revising from Friday evening to Sunday evening. I realize my body needs some time to re-adjust and relax on the weekends.
Last week, I sent another revision to my supervisor. I was worried at first because he did not reply until three days because he always replied within two days. Finally, after three days, he replied me by saying that he did not have any comments left for my previous revision I sent him. I was super happy and over the moon because my revision was done! I sent a reply to him saying that I would hand in my first draft on the last week of February, which he replied with “Good luck with the home stretch!”
I have another 14 days (or 10 working days) to finish my thesis. This is nearly the finish line. I can see the end line from here, I just have to work harder to reach it!