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A three-point scheme on how to remain focused on a thesis
  1. Tag articles that you've read...AND STICK TO THE COLOR CODE.
    Before, I just tagged my (e)articles with arbitrary colors just to let me know later on, 'Oh, I read that'. Now I just have an array of colors with no meaning, which made me spent extra to retag what article was read, which ones were relevant to the research and which ones should go be read once more.
  2. TALK to your friends and classmates about your research.
    Writing ideas and 'ah-ha' moments is good but it will be better if you also talk to someone about your thesis and research progress. Does they like it? Good. Ask why. Do they think it is God awful. Good. Ask why.
  3. Keep in mind how you will recruit participants for data
    Doing questionnaires or interviews might be great but eventually your supervisor will ask just exactly HOW do you plan to find and recruit people for your thesis. Friends and family members can only help so much for the pilot study but eventually you will need to get serious and start searching for a bigger, and relevant, population for sampling.
While in London taking care of administration work for my studies, I still can't help myself from being amazed by the many landmarks and buildings that represent the capital of the United Kingdom. Here is a small li.st of sites that are worth seeing during a morning walk.
  1. British Broadcasting House
    Or better known as the British Broadcasting Corporation. While public broadcasting in some parts of the world face intense competition from their private-counterparts, this is one of the most influential media organizations that not only justifies its status in the UK but also developed a commercial arm (i.e., BBC World News) that still resembles it main journalistic practices: a brief analysis from its editors and an objective of promoting a global, moral order benefits all societies worldwide.
  2. Regent Street
    Besides it's luxurious selection of high-priced shopping malls, just walking up and down this street is worth checking out. With an obvious ethos of 'Britshness' on the street, you may even spot a Whig in the area.
  3. Regent's Park
    I only managed to make it to the entrance of Regent's Park, where there's a vast meadow and playground nearby. This is a nice area to rest from job errands, soul searching or even a walk.
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A few tips for first-time spectators on how to avoid standing for 3+ hours and earn your place in the audience
  1. Look forward and only forward
    Everyone will be trying to find either a good seat or a good spot to take photos and cheer for their corresponding graduate. As soon as you see a spot, make no hesitation and head straight towards it.
  2. Stand firm against devious charm
    Once you have earned a place, even if it's far back in the crowd, look at the podium as if you're ready for the show. This helped lure away some 'walkers' who tried to persuade other settlers in offering their seat(s). One settler offered her seat for an old woman but little did she know that old woman was a 'bait and switch' for her family to overthrow the settler's family.
  3. Nod your head during the duration of the commencement
    This is not only to perform a gesture that you agree with the speakers' comments—this is to remain awake until you hear your son's/daughter's/friend's name while they receive his/her conferred degree.
  4. Hug a graduate
    Whether you're an alumni, current student or a relative of such people, you already have an idea of how much sacrifice and determination the graduate had performed in order to earn their degree. From technical programs to master's degrees, congratulations class of 2016!
A small list of exercises to write freely and overcome stress and anxiety
  1. 1.
    Free write, A LOT
    Don't worry about how bad it may look. You're the only editor in this scenario. After a couple of bad drafts, you'll soon come up with better ideas and write consistently.
  2. 2.
    Say what you want to write out loud
    This actually helps to calm your mind. You may be overwhelmed with numerous ideas after reading so many references but once you start talking, you'll get a better idea what to write on paper or text.
  3. 3.
    Accept criticism; avoid negativity
    Criticism includes receiving things like grammar correction, paragraph revision and omitting repetitive sentences. Negativity includes receiving statements that discard you from writing. It may even come from once close friends. If you're receiving a check for your work, you're doing some right. Just cut lose ends.