Ever watched a musical and thought that all the singing was so artificial? That no one breaks into song to express their feelings in real life? Well, I can attest that after a meeting with my supervisor, I came quite close to singing in jubilation!
It all began with researching my topic area. I was disheartened to find that my original idea was well researched already. There were a few gaps in the literature, but I was unsure if they justified another project. It seemed like I might have to abandon my original plan. So I sent my supervisor a synopsis of what I had found. Ironically, this proved the springboard for my project taking on a new and exciting direction. So much so, that I walked out of my next meeting with the prospect of doing an even better project that might even be publishable.
I don't mind telling you that I was walking around campus, simply grinning. I was as joyful as Maria in the opening credits of the Sound of Music, so happy I could have sung. It was an amazing confidence boost to realise my supervisor was willing for me to take on such a great project.
So for anyone out there on their honours journey, my story shows that sometimes a hurdle in your journey can be a blessing in disguise. And at the risk of sounding like I am giving a sermon, my other 'tip of the day' would be to always go about researching wholeheartedly. Make an effort with your notes, make sure you understand them. After all, they showcase your work to anyone who reads them.