Although I completed my provisional goals for the PhD programme in October 2014, why is it that I still feel anxious about the study? Today is the final day of the year and in 6 hours and 40 minutes, 2015 begins. Why do I still feel anxious?
Is it because I have only done one reading since the third week of November and up to now, I have not looked at any article or any other type of text related to my study? Such are thoughts that encompass my thinking when a new year is about to start. I guess that’s why in the United States of America and Canada, they celebrate “Thanksgiving day” in November to remember and be thankful for the current year’s harvests as well as their hopes for the preceding year.
Because of faith in The Lord Jesus Christ, I have learnt to be an optimist. I am hopeful that in the new year, I will be able to collect all my data from Tongan families in the Kingdom and in New Zealand by August of 2015. For the remainder of 2015, I will be able to start the analysis chapter.
A toast to 2014 for its challenges and blessings. As well as to 2015 – may you continue to challenge and provide blessings for all doctoral students at the School of Education, Epsom Campus, University of Auckland.
God bless and ‘Ofa lahi atu.