Dissertation Diaries | Entry 3

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As you grow up, your hand is held less.  It's vital to be assertive, adaptable, and utilize whatever guidance is given to you.  What I learnt in my recent meetings was, discouraging in some ways but also very empowering. 

No one is brilliant at everything. 

I am very slow when it comes to technology and, specifically, coding.  It's not my strength and it's difficult for someone who hasn't had to venture in such a field before.  I was determined to go through all the courses online, which I did, and make lavish notes.  None proved useful when it came to application. It's tough to digest the fact that, despite my initial willpower to produce high quality work, it unfortunately fell through the cracks to an extent.  Therefore, we re-aligned the project to have less code and more qualitative analysis and literature reviews. 

But one thing my supervisor told me which stuck: Research involves bringing in new ideas and theories.  It may be difficult initially but it would be more interesting to the reader. 

Despite the quantitative analysis being cut short, I have a chance to play to my strengths and discuss ideas and theories that I've been brewing throughout my degree.  There is still a chance to carry out more in-dept quantitative analysis should I be able to, but nevertheless, I am very grateful I can put more time and effort into my strengths. 

In essence, the main lesson I learnt is that sometimes, no matter how much hard work I put into something, it may not actually work out for me.  And that's okay. 

Sorry for the short post but hopefully can jump into more regular posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays!  
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