Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah for today, I had successfully completed my proposal presentation, one of the key milestones in my PhD journey. This time I would say that I am very proud of myself for being able to present the proposal during the first semester, by which none of the Ph.D. or masters' students registered with me did so. Though I am not that good, at least this would be one of my great personal achievement.*Humble brag alert.
Frankly speaking, after going through 3 proposal presentation sessions conducted by the faculty previously, it brings me anxious to see how some of the students were severely criticized by the panel of assessors. Moreover, there were still a lot of things that I need to study regarding on the topic of my research.
My presentation session lasted for one hour including the Q&A session. Alhamdulillah, not many bad comments that I had received throughout my presentation. Yes, there were few moments that I stumbled when the questions asked by the assessors went deep into technical aspect, which then I straightaway do my cute and pitiful face and also smile all the way. I think those saved me.
Overall, it was a good experience for me and I learned a lot from the feedbacks given by the lecturers. Hopefully, this would be a good kickstart for me to begin my research. My tips to everyone who is about to present the proposal, make sure you know when to stand up to your argument and when to just be humble and accept the constructive critics, or else you will have a really tough time during your proposal presentation. Peace! | HM