How did I come up with my PhD dissertation topic? Original story ahead- Stay Tuned!

A little context if you care to listen
I find myself in a Shit position
The institute that I love sat me down- 11th hour
And they told me that it’s over, Done decision.

(That’s how i got dumped by my previous institute)

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been both intrigued and petrified by the shiny and new. The forbidden fruit.

It was Covid19 pandemic. I explored, manhandled, and juiced out every open access free site course to learn literally Anything- Anytime-Anyplace.

I went for them like dog for a bone.
(Reference: Check out my LinkedIn profile certification section)

That’s from where my obsession with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) started.

πŸ‘‰Not ashamed to admit, I became a serial hoarder of digital certificates like my little collectables- Badge of Honor.

Later discovered am I really learning something new? πŸ€”
Just signing up for the sake of itπŸ™„ (All for social proof- Amen!)

πŸ€“I give you my problem statement of-

Why a learner never completes a course they signed into?- Behavioural study analysis and in the process aim to improve their engagement and completion rate.

Joined an online fellowship program to train me right on behavioural science aspect of things- Shout out to First Principle Labs. It was here that I picked up ‘Microlearning’ as my theme for my final thesis presentation. I worked with teammates from Egypt, Mauritius, Pune, and Delhi and I had a blast. I met kind people there.

I went ahead and presented the same thesis for my official interview for a PhD. Guess what? I scored 80% and got selected for the 5 seat that was open for same.

A person’s success in life can be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. ~Tim Ferriss

Currently reading on my variables of engagement and completion- Often contemplating, ‘What will take me to my dream institute?- THE Wharton Business School. One step at a time, I guess.

Wish me luck πŸ˜‡

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