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Friday, July 23, 2004

So That's It?

A week ago, I arranged an appointment with my lecturer to discuss my bachelor thesis I was working on. I could have finished it months ago, had I not been so perfectionist and idealistic. Don't blame me. It was him (my lecturer) who at first kept "criticizing" my proposal, saying that it could be much better if this and that and blah-blah-blah.

And so I was moved.
Eventhough it is a descriptive study with a quantitative approach (I used questionnaires), I spent a devastating month trying to figure out a clever way of evaluating the data so it won't look that "quantitative" (too bad I cannot employ a correlative study). When I finally met him (maybe he was in a bad mood, by the way), he did not even try to read the most important chapter. He was just glancing at my precious work-of-art, skimming through the 130-something pages, and suggesting some minor changes on the table of contents. Our meeting lasted for less than 5 minutes. Voila! He said I got his full consent (well, at least he did say something).

I was dumbfounded.
"Gee...skrps v lsg di-acc.Wasn't expectd that.I'd hoped he'd comment on sth.Sdikit kcwa,thought my thesis was intrestin.Tp alhamdulillah." (text sent to a close friend right after)
I was hoping for a scientific conversation to follow. I was hoping he would ask me to revise some things. I was hoping he was curious to know how the categorization came to my mind. And perhaps I was hoping he would be a bit skeptical as to the simplification I brought about.

It did not happen the way I had anticipated.

[Still wonders how others can get away with shallow analysis.]


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