Draft


Akhirnya draft disertasi itu selesai juga. Sudah di-print dan dikirim ke penguji (examiner) besok. Sempat putus asa juga karena bulan lalu hanya tiga bab yang baru selesai. Itu pun penuh dengan coretan tangan pembimbing. Awal November, tiga bab itu belum sempat diperbaiki sama sekali.

Sepulang dari Malaysia tanggal 9 November, disertasi langsung dikebut. Target: disertasi 7 bab selesai dalam 7 hari! Kerja gila-gilaan pokoknya. Pagi ke kampus, dini hari baru pulang. Tanggal 19 November harus dimasukkan ke pembimbing untuk diperiksa. Seminggu kemudian, revisi ke-2 masuk, tapi hanya satu bab. Dua minggu kemudian, revisi ke-3 masuk, itu pun hanya satu bab lain. Nampaknya pembimbing sudah tidak banyak komentar. Atau kecapekan juga?

Tanggal 3 Desember, akhirnya draft disertasi masuk ke tata usaha. Artinya, ia sudah bakal masuk panel di departemen dan fakultas. Tapi katanya masih bisa direvisi sampai tanggal 12 Desember.

Hari ini, draft disertasi itu selesai juga. Tadi sempat memeriksa dan membaca ulang. Aduh capek. Sudah tidak tahu mau ditambahi apa lagi. Perubahan-perubahan, jika ada, hanya minor. Jadi, biarlah examiner yang memeriksa.

Desember akhir dijadwalkan sidang tertutup, dihadiri pembimbing dan tiga penguji. Januari akhir dijadwalkan sidang terbuka. Sidang terbuka atau seminar itu boleh disaksikan banyak orang. Semua orang boleh bertanya.

I dedicate my dissertation to my late father.

After his departure, he frequently appears in my dreams, until today. He is never away. His smile portrays my dreams a lot. His spirit often stays with me throughout the course. But something is actually missing: his tireless support in the form of delightful questions over the phone. I can only imagine, just imagine, he may ask this: what’s your dissertation about? Answering such question is no easy task. But, I may propose this answer: finding out whether something is suitable and safe for an aircraft. Then, the discussion begins. I missed the small talk over dinner (in Bondowoso). It was the only venue I could exert all my energies to simplify delicacies I’ve been chewing without worries that someday, somebody who pays taxes comes and asks me: what have you done with my money, anyway? In such circumstance, straight answer is compulsory and required. No turning back. Just simplify, as much as you can. That’s what dissertation all about. The meaning of it all.

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