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Your Cum Laude is waiting! Dr. Lindelani Mnguni Dept. of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education 079 257 3616 @DrLindelaniM email@example.com Supervisors Doctor of Philosophy Terminal degree Latin docere, meaning "to teach" Habilitation degree in PhD per million population 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 South Africa Brazil South Korea Australia UK Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; ... Robert Frost My journey... Its never been easy Academic life • Pressures – Academic External & Internal factors – Family – Social – Peer – Financial Time Identity Tenacity Vision excellence Tenacity & hope • Imagine: – Mandela’s day 1 in prison – 9855 days before his release + 1460 more to be president – David the shepherd – later King of Israel – Natalie du Toit – soon after accident – multiple Olympic champion • Me and...YOU!!! Stephen Hawking Never quit & never give up! Vision & courage • There are no free spirits in academia • Purpose & reason • A vision – realistic – past experiences, the current status and then build the future – logical – strategic Be a CEO of your life • What is your vision? • Strategic milestones • Strengths (deliverables)? • Weaknesses • Work Breakdown Structure? • Opportunities • Schedule? • Threats • Accountability? • Monitoring & evaluation? Relentlessly pursue your vision! vision An excellent MEd or PhD Proposal, Ethical clearance, milestones data collection, etc. Attend all support sessions Submit all assignments WBS Regular meetings with supervisor (27, 1hr meetings per year) Read 1 paper daily – (1095 in 3yrs) Write 1 paragraph daily (1095 in 3yrs) One day rest Schedule Daily, weekly, monthly and semester plan Accountability Research group Supervisor Critical friend Sports fanatic “Yes man” attitude Language • Strengths Laziness (sleepy head) • Weaknesses • Opportunities • Threats Friends & family Supervisor relationship Finances Work Be a CEO of your life • What is your vision? • Strategic milestones • Strengths (deliverables)? • Weaknesses • Work Breakdown Structure? • Opportunities • Schedule? • Threats • Accountability? • Monitoring & evaluation? Paste this on your wall Excellence A culture of mediocrity Excellence • Don’t be a Master or Doctor of Excuses • Get your MEd in 2yrs, PhD in 4yrs • Don’t be comfortable in mediocrity • Be a benchmark of quality and excellence • Excellence is not relative – its absolute • Make excellence a habit Be excellent, always! Research and job opportunities • I don’t know whether you’ll get a job or not, but its cooler on top of the mountain • Loads of funding for science education • Consider working in academia • Go to conferences • Establish networks • Publish while studying • Review journal papers • Be a brand Finally! Time Identity Tenacity Vision Excellence Wisdom... Is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom! Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost Your Cum Laude is waiting!
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