It seems difficult to fully grasp the full repercussion of this event at this moment, but I’ve done it! I’ve successfully completed my MSc thesis and submitted it yesterday. The reason Dorando Pietri is on the top of this post, is that after seeing this video recently I couldn’t help but find myself akin to his struggle (here’s a relevant video). It took a great deal of discipline, self-sacrifice, and perseverance to get to this point, but it’s finally completed. ,Like Dorando, I too had to stop midway, I too needed someone to pick me up – although in my case the “umpire” was much lovelier (thank you baby; I couldn’t have done any of this without you!) -, and I too felt like the task was too much at times. But I made it nonetheless. I had a lot of help on the way. And I owe a lot to certain people who’ve helped me progress and develop into a new role. I hope I can vindicate their trust in me in the future.
So what’s next? Vacation. Lots of it! I haven’t had any in about three years, so I think I’ll have it retrospectively! I’ll be going to Greece for 4 weeks, and I intend to unplug. Completely. If I can I won’t even carry a mobile phone. I need to relax.
But before I do that, there are a few things that need to be sorted. One of them is writing a post about how this thesis was developed. I did a lot of work optimising my workflow developing this thesis, so I want to put it here, on electrons and transistors, for future reference and for any other interested parties.
What I intend to do, probably in multiple posts, is to give a blueprint on how to develop an academic thesis using LaTeX on OSX. There’s a few more tools in there and a couple of customisation as well.
Get back to me in the comments if you think this would be of interest to you. The more people are interested the more it motivates me to do this sooner rather than later!