It is already March 2018 and this is my second entry for this year. Things are happening so fast with so little time. What are the current updates on my plate? Alhamdulillah, this year I am no more the PIBG Treasurer, a designation I reluctantly succumbed last year when my name was chosen (out of nowhere!); since this year I am serving as the Year 6 class teacher 6 Samudera as well as the only teacher who is teaching both English Language and Science for UPSR classes. But I guess it is not so much a grudge to accept the responsibility as long as it deals with the core task, which is to TEACH, no?
I am both a Science and English Language teacher. Two different world of academic discipline. One uses the brain’s left hemisphere whereas the other focuses on the right hemisphere.
As for my PhD journey; I am currently now in my 4th semester (February-June 2018). This should be a very crucial semester for me as I have to :-
- Prepare myself for the Comprehensive Exam (CE) – oral and written exams on my research;
- Start writing 2 journals for submission as prerequisite for graduation;
- Focus on the demanding assignments for “Advanced Qualitative Research” class.
Today 8th March 2018. I am not feeling well but my head is thinking about my “Advanced Qualitative Research” class at UPM this evening from 6-9 pm. My lecturer for this class is Associate Prof. Dr Abdul Lateef Krauss and he asked all of us to read articles prior to the class so that we would be able to participate actively in the intellectual discourses conducted throughout the lessons. Honestly, I don’t think I am that fit to drive all the way to UPM today but it is aching to think about possibility of missing the class (and I am paying for the class, for God sake!). In addition, I don’t like the prospect of missing any input conveyed in the class!
Besides that, today is important because I have slotted an appointment with my so-ever busy Supervisor tomorrow at 3 p.m. and I need today to at least have the talk with my Supervisor’s PA. I am now trying to prepare an abstract for submission to the anticipating 12th Biennial Convention of the Pacific and Asian Communication – Communication and Industrial Revolution 4.0 (PACA 2018); so if I could finish it by today, probably we could just skim and scan the flaws of the abstract tomorrow, no? Furthermore, I need to find dates to set the 2nd Committee Members’ Meeting, as well! I have booked 16th March 2018 but that is subject to condition.
I wish. Amin.
I also don’t feel energetic and perky like my usual self at the school today. But my heart sank when I thought about my academically-abysmal pupils of 6 Samudera; this week is the “Revision Week” as next week would be their 1st Mid Semester Exam – therefore, I need to use this week to really reinforce any last minute lessons vital for next week’s examination! so for the kids’ sake, I am forcing myself to the school today.
But whatever it is, I must be rationale. If my body isn’t fit for the planned errands I have on my plate today, there is no benefit to be gained as the outcomes will not be as satisfactory as I aspire them to be, no? The other option is to go back home and have a rest after school and then try to finish the abstract for tomorrow’s tete-a-tete with Supervisor. As for the “Advanced Qualitative Research”, I probably need to skip that.
This is a letter from me to myself; dated 8th March 2018. By Shahrill Ramli, 4th Semester Human Communication PhD candidate, 2018. God bless.