This year is the last stage of my 5-year PhD study in Chulalongkorn University Thailand. The University that teaches me so many lessons about the advanced development of nursing knowledge as well as about the life.
Joko Gunawan, a young man with full of dreams, a robot, a party man, a player, a man with full of fire (add others..), is just a representative of millennial generation from Belitung Island that would like to get the highest degree as soon as possible. But, as the matter of fact, being a PhD is not about the matter of time, but it’s rather about the matter of being mature (I will talk about this in one of my articles for 2020).
I just shifted my role from PhD Candidate to PhD. And now I am facing the real world, the world of opportunities and threats.
This archive I made for the pleasure of imagination in a piece of memories for the future.
This year, in January till March, I was still at Gainesville Florida. The place I visited to expand networking and learn new knowledge, specifically about mixed methods research and nursing informatics.
On 15 February, I did the presentation of our app at Rita Kobb Nursing Informatics Symposium. It’s kind of a new thing for me to present such as an app in front of Americans. Luckily, the environment was so great with excellent feedbacks from the audiences.
All activities in Florida can be seen here:
On 15 March, I flew back to Bangkok to accomplish my first mission, completing my PhD. This time I was dealing with five chapters and the concepts of my study with my supervisor. Also, we have to finish our project that was started in 2017. It means I need to finish my dissertation and the projects.
On May, the team and I visited Vietnam again for another data collection.
On 28 June, it’s the final defense of my dissertation. There is nothing I could say, within 5 years of learning with the same topic, definitely I am the one who masters it as my supervisor said “you are the one who only knows better of your research”. However, although it’s true, but the examiners are much smarter with beautiful questions and explanations which all make sense. That’s the moment you realize that you need multiple perspectives to strengthen your concept. Finally, I did it!
On 20 August, I just published a book with Chayen friend, Dr. Ramadhan Tosepu
On 22 August, while waiting for the graduation ceremony, I was invited to attend workshop for publication as a speaker at Faculty of Nursing, University of Sumatera Utara. What a great opportunity!
On 3 October, I was so excited because my parents came to Bangkok to join. They would never come to Bangkok if I was not graduated. Can you imagine that pressure? Haha.
After one week, I was flying back to Indonesia to meet my family and Mahankar friends, and of course doing the project.
Family celebration of my graduation can be seen below:
On 26 October, my supervisor came to visit Belitong again. She loves Belitong and could not stop swimming.
On 28-31 October I was invited as a speaker at my hometown. Yeah just to motivate young generations.
And just a bit sharing in the local newspaper
On 26 December, there was a good news that my research has just been published online in Scopus/Web of Science
I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Chulalongkorn University until August 2020. After that, let’s see how the PhD expand the networking.
Thanks 2019 for the great year! Alhamdulillah…
Bangkok, 31 December 2019
Dr. Joko Gunawan
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