After having four weeks of brainstorming, researching and exploring – it is finally done – the Dissertation Proposal hand-in was due last week. What a relief! It was difficult at first to find an area of interest, knowing exactly what topic you would like to focus on (as you will have to actively research about your dissertation topic for the next two full semesters). Furthermore, it is important to note if the research and data collection methods are feasible and realistic, to successfully accomplish your final, most valuable project. During the four-week preparation we had numerous seminars conducted by the research team from Glion to provide us with valuable tips, “tricks” and suggestions.
It was fundamental to hear how professionals conduct their research strategies and which methods are the best and most successful to use. Moreover, it was interesting to get an overview of different opinions from various research divisions such as Marketing, Hospitality or Finance. The seminars gave us the occasion to widen our spectrum of interest concerning the final selection of our dissertation topic.
For the moment, classes have started and the usual rhythm has “kicked-in”. Projects are building up, group meetings are being planned and coffee is being drunk throughout . Even though some nights end very late – it is a great feeling to work hard for something you really want to succeed in.
Starting to write our dissertation made a lot of us realize that were reaching very soon our last semester – the final stretch and goal.
It is absolutely unreal to imagine that I started Glion mid-2008.
Time flies so fast…
How are you?
It has now already been two weeks since we started our new semester in Bulle. The first week was crazy. After some of our classmates have been in exchange last semester at different universities around the world, some of us haven’t seen each other over one year.
This was because we primarily had to do our second internship from July 2010 to December 2010 and then a group of students from our class spent six months abroad for their exchange semester. Now, the first LRG class that is graduating in Spring 2012 is reunited.
During the first days, all students were excited to meet each other and to talk about their experiences. In the first week, we had different presentations about the upcoming dissertation proposal. Fortunately, the academic schedule provides only a few mandatory dissertation workshops we have to attend. Therefore, everyone can concentrate on finding his/ her research topic in order to start researching in the next 3 weeks.
For many students this is the most difficult part of starting a dissertation and its proposal. Deciding which topic is the most appropriate, and which stimulates personal interest over a period of about 8 months, is quite hard.
On the one hand, we are all happy to start with our final piece of work to receive the well-deserved undergraduate degree. On the other hand, it means a lot of hours and days on the online databases and in the library reading books, journals, and magazines to deeply research the chosen topic.
I will keep you updated how the dissertation process will continue and how we all manage to work it out.
Until then I wish you a successful time!