And the date of my final defense arrived. Even before the defense, I knew questions would come. I wasn’t really satisfied with the result even though I still got a good grade. It’s not the result I’m after, it’s how the panel receive my paper. Although, two of them said that it was the best paper, I became despondent when some parts of my thesis were asked to be removed. After all those grueling times…all just boiled down to removal. And what they’re asking is hard. But, deep inside I was happy because finally I will be forced to revise the work and write it to fit the journals’ standards.