“You will only be expected to visit the Leicester campus for your Advanced Postgraduate (APG) status review; which must be completed after 24 months of registration,” says the Uni website. And I complied. To sum it up: I passed. And I did not pass out!
The Probation Review was nothing like I ever expected. Two charming ladies (and at the same time very serious academics) were there to support me, to encourage me and to offer assistance on fulfilling the promise of my thesis. Criticism was only offered on areas where I knew I was weak. It was a very positive experience.
Afterwards it was just a fun day to conclude a really mental first half-year. I even met a kindred spirit, a fellow distance learning Phd student, who’s balancing a daily job, a household with two kids and a dream to work in a museum.
I even went on a sightseeing tour with some other students, which was not a very wise move from a health perspective because I really can’t walk that much. On the other hand, I got to see some really nice parts of the city including a secluded, small park near the castle with jazz music playing in the background. Sitting there, just taking it all in I was totally in the zone.
The day was rounded off (or so I thought) with a dinner at the Parcel Yard funded by the school. Friendly banter, nice pub food. And then I went back to my hotel just to see an email from a man sending some old family photos from the 1930s aiding my researching on the history of Hungarian motoring!
Today I am off to Beaulieu. I will spend a day in Beaulieu at the Library of the National Motor Museum unwinding. And I don’t have to work on my thesis for the next two months. So I am taking a short hiatus from this blog – see you all in September-October!