Nobody told me how much work it was just to begin writing a research proposal and getting your committee members to agree with your idea. I had always thought that defending my thesis was going to be the challenging part. I did not think I would be facing so many challenges at the beginning of my process.
So I’m trying to be reflective, I’m trying to think about the suggestions I’ve received. Some suggestions make total sense to me and support my ideas. Other suggestions seemed to undermine all the work I have done so far and challenged me to my core. The hard part is deciding which ideas I’m willing to incorporate into my work and which ideas seem to go against my belief of what I want to do.
That’s the learning. What am I willing to do without sacrificing my ideas and my voice?
So I’m going to question, and I’m going to listen, and I’m going to reflect. But I will persevere.
I’m also going to make sure that it’s my voice that ends up on the pages of my thesis.