So, this is it. Yesterday, I made an appointment – more like a session set last week since he is a busy man (He is the Dean of Faculty! What do you expect?!)! – with my ex-supervisor, Prof Muati. After much deliberation and pondering of my situation, I feel that the most ‘win-win situation” for me would be for me to do PhD locally; and part time – as per my Master’s Degree. By doing that, I don’t have to severe my financial lines (I can continue to be committed with my housing and hire purchase loans) and my existence in government could still be maintained (it is not easy to infiltrate the government scheme!). I know doing part time going to be HARD but I’ve got no choice. I’ve got to weather the challenges; by hook or crook – IF I want to crystallize my dream!
Prof. Dr. Abdul Muati @ Zamri. Hey, is that Burberry checkered motive? My ex-supervisor. Will he be my upcoming supervisor again?
So far, I have sent a few e-mails to a few abroad Communication lecturers – University of Queensland, RMIT University, enclosed with my premature proposal (Haha!). I have received a few substantial replies from them which I truly appreciated but I noticed that the MAIN loophole I am facing if I really want to make my abroad dream crystallizes would be – THE MONEY. I know that if I could secure financial line to support my studies there, the dream would hold no barriers. Unfortunately, no universities are willing to finance local students to study abroad anymore as our economy is not soaring flying colours!
I maybe now deviated from my Microbiology degree BUT the spirit of Natalia Portman, the hot nerd; is seeping inside me. I want to be like her.
On that resonance, I also sent application to Universiti Utara Malaysia as a tutor. From the feedback, it seemed that they wanted to get back to me and make positive arrangement BUT the revelation was apparently put on halt due to lack of funds and I was told to “never lose hope but anticipate” the upcoming Budget 2017 if any additional allocation would be siphoned to universities and eventually the intake of tutors would be perhaps reactivated. On the other hand, Tenaga Akademik Muda UPM application of which I already sent to UPM Registrar (along with my file!) has not even reach the daylight radar. So, I would just have to discard the mounting hope.
By deliberating all these, I feel that it would be such a time-wasting to really put my hope on something that is not concrete or valid and keep waiting, no??! Therefore, I have made up my mind to 80% doing the PhD locally. After all, my aim is to achieve PhD (the abroad bit was just an instantaneous stint I got when I saw what my sister did and eventually when I went to Leeds to witness her life there, I finally could picture the kind of life I would be leading if I were to further my study abroad!) by the age of 36 years old irregardless locally or abroad!
I have prepared an amateur proposal on intergroup communication between Malays – I shall not disclose the topic! Haha! I always find deep interest in intercultural communication. Nonetheless when I told Prof Muati, he said his area of expertise is not on intercultural communication but on rhetoric (Persuasive Communication). We talked on that and what are the research that his other supervisees are doing. I have to say I am intrigued with that and the methodology is something I have never heard before (don’t blame me! I am just an amateur in Research Method! Yikes!) BUT really interesting. Prof Muati told me about his PhD on which he studied the speeches of our 4th Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Our beloved Che’ Det only wrote one speech on his own for the entire year and that was during the opening of UMNO assembly. So, Prof Muati studied these speeches from Che’ Det’s early political tenure till the last one. From these speeches, he then try to delve into the cognitive aspects of Che’ Det and summarized possible deduction of Che’ Det’s personalities, etc.
Che Det was Prof. Muati’s subject in his PhD research. Tun Dr. Mahathir wrote his own speech only once throughout the year and THAT WAS during the opening UMNO assembly. Not many people knew this. It’s time for Malays to reshape their baseless prejudice.
Prof Muati told me that the methodology used is Neo-Aristotelian (REFER here for further reading : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Aristotelianism_(rhetorical_criticism)). Of course, I then tried to find information and a few background reading on this newly-found (for me!) methodology and still trying to decipher the method.
You know what; I’ve always enjoyed his “Public Speaking for Professional” classes during my Master’s Degree. I nailed :-
- 29/30 for my Informative Speech (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/i-have-a-dream-kom-5210-public-speaking-for-professionals-informative-speech-of-similarity-as-one-way-to-measure-ethos/) and;
- 28/30 for my Persuasive Speech (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/honesty-stripped-naked-no-hold-barred-kom-5210-persuasive-speech-believe-in-yourself/).
The 3 important points in Persuasive Communication.
I also recalled that he told us about Hitler and Che Guevara being so good in the rhetoric / persuasive communication and channeled that for their propaganda campaigns (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/why-do-i-choose-masters-of-corporate-communications-a-microbiology-degree-holder-a-banker-a-teacher-the-barenaked-confessions/). So I guess that perhaps I already had that essential passion for this communication niche? Haha! Well, whatever it is, the ball will be rolling – 80% I am doing it locally. I guess I could still bear working as the primary school teacher for the next 3 years. (,”)
Aristotle, the Father of Rhetoric – Persuasive Communication.
Plato was Aristotle’s teacher. And Plato was Socrates’ teacher. Amazing!