Hey guys! Let me tell you something about the most important part of our Masters: Master Thesis. I am just a student like you are now but with a little more experience in the area of Thesis. I started thinking about my master thesis right from the start of my 2nd year…. I know that is a little too early but I was that paranoid initially :-P. I was a little afraid at the beginning so I thought to myself why not start it a little early so as to get a head start. I had decided upon the area I wanted to work in. After having the area of my research decided it was just about deciding the topic for my research. Noooo.. It’s not at all easy. It is by far the most difficult task you might have to do. It involves research, literature survey and basically understanding the topic. It was so difficult in my case that after reading and surveying I was not able to get a clear idea of what i am suppose to do and how much I should do.
Literature survey is tough. You need a patience and you need to invest a lot of your time for this. At times it is a little bit boring but you have to pull yourself towards the final goal. In this part of your thesis you actually get ideas, you might find a possible solution or you might find a topic which will help you in making your task a little easy. I am 3 months away from my defense but believe me yesterday I read a technical paper and I found out something new. It does not mean that I did not read enough but it means that there is so much scientific material available that you are bound to miss out on it.
After this comes the phase of implementation and damn its exciting!! You are finally going to implement all your knowledge and your literature survey. This is where your thesis gets a first twig. The seed sowed i.e the literature survey has bore a fruit and it has started to grow. The efforts that you have to put in this phase are way more than that of the previous stage. Here it is not like you implement and bam…. it’s done! It requires iterations, literature survey (again) and reiterations.. It is the tasking process in your thesis. Your patience is tested and MY GOD it’s difficult but exciting!. You might become negative and start having doubts about your topic as a whole. Yes! You read that right the whole thesis topic!! But you have believe in yourself your research, your supervisor. You need to keep yourself motivated and see yourself through to the other side.
Here comes the point where in you start writing your thesis down. I would suggest that you do this parallely while implementation phase. It is very very tasking to scientifically write the thesis for a complete day. You can start pinning down notes and literature survey during the implementation phase. It will not get boring and you will be done with quite a lot during this period. I had a backlog which I am yet to complete because I started writing after my implementation phase. I have picked up the pace as of now but still I feel if I could have started a little before to write it would have been much easier. But it is as always you make a mistake you learn from it..
In the end when you look back at the efforts you have put in, those nights you have not slept because you were trying to implement and the code did not let you sleep, the plans you cancelled because you were lagging behind with your work and it brings a smile to your face…. Believe me you have enjoyed doing your thesis. Thesis is more of a process than an outcome or a result. It is about coming up with something new or crazy! It might not be feasible but at least you thought about it. I have enjoyed this journey and although through few ups and downs in my thesis I just kept myself motivated which made me come this far!