I’m Taking the Plunge

Last June, I wrote about going back to school. Today, I officially took the first step to apply for a PhD programme with one of the local universities. It took me just 3 minutes to write an email to the admission officer on my intended area of research but I took me 3 months to think of the topic for research.

I am really taking the plunge by proposing to research an area that is partly out of my expertise. The future is going to be rough but at the end of it all, I believe that it is well worth the effort.

Some of you might ask why I sent an email to the admission officer and not a proper application form. You see, in Malaysia, there is a national level academic accreditation body that scrutinizes all degree awards. For reasons unknown to me, my Masters from Australia is not recognised but the Bachelors degree is :mad:. Therefore, my application for PhD programme is not going to be straightforward.

My email has now reached the admission officer’s mailbox and will be forwarded to the Dean for consideration. It’s going to be a long walk before I reach the university’s classroom. Let’s see how this goes and I will definitely keep updating on the PhD progress.

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4 Comments »

  1. ody said,

    September 27, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    Congratulations!!!! Don;t get too wet from sweating, OK 🙂

  2. amos said,

    September 30, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    Hi ody,
    Thanks for the wish but your congrats would have to wait. I’m not officially in the programme yet. A long way to go and as I expected, lots of challenges coming my way.
    The Uni wrote back and request for proof of my academic achievements and the affiliations of these academic results and all proofs must be in written form.

  3. Bengbeng said,

    October 13, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

    Good luck with yr Phd thingy. I thought of doing my masters 🙁 but felt the returns to b insignificant when compared to quality time spent with my family. furthermore, it has no immediate material benefits to my career.

  4. amos said,

    October 15, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    Thanks Bengbeng. Different people have different aspirations in life. One of my friends would rather take lessons to be a professional racer instead of achieving academic heights… 😉

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