Thursday, 24 July 2014

Graduation!

Yesterday was a huge occasion for me. I graduated from my university with a first class honours degree. It is  a bizarre feeling to see three years' of work acknowledged in just an hour, but it was a fitting end to my years at university and the end of my undergraduate degree. I never dreamt that I would graduate with a first. I would have been thrilled with a 2:1, and when I first saw the decision on my exam results I actually presumed that they'd made a mistake. I am particularly pleased that I also achieved a first in my dissertation, which I worked tirelessly on and felt especially attached to. There is nothing more frustrating than working endlessly on a piece of work that you've grown to love without achieving the desired results, and I am beyond delighted that in this instance I was awarded with the results that I had longed for. My years at university haven't been easy, but they certainly been enjoyable, and the course was fascinating. I can't put into words how grateful I am to the staff at my university for the support they provided, and I can't recommend them enough. It is also especially wonderful because everybody I know appears to have done remarkably well.



Graduation is a ceremony that you look forward to for an immensely long time, to the extent that it takes on momentous proportions. I have spent at least a year worrying that something would go wrong, that I'd fall up or down the steps, or just generally make a fool of myself, but thankfully, I managed to trip over at my seat rather than on the stage! The ceremony itself felt incredibly long and was a little on the dull side in places, but was nevertheless a fitting end to my studies. The weather was good too, it was incredibly sunny and very, very hot! It was nice to see everyone from my course again after so many months. The only negative experience was during the official photos (which are shockingly expensive!) as I fainted when I was having my photos taken. It was so, so hot and the heat combined with the packed room, the lack of air conditioning and my heavy black gown took its toll a bit. The photographer was incredibly nice, and found me a chair in a cool part of the room and fetched me a glass of water without being asked to, which I thought was really kind.



After the ceremony we went to get a drink in a nearby bar (a coke with as much as ice as possible for me to recover from the heat) and a bite to eat. We then went to visit my Grandad and meet up with my sister before going out in the evening with my cousin. We had dinner at my favourite restaurant. The waiter asked what the occasion was, and my Dad told them that I had graduated, and at the end of our meal they presented me with a cake and a glass of champagne and sang a graduation song which was really sweet and kind of them! The food was delicious.


It was a very long and tiring day, but incredibly enjoyable, and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I'm sad that my undergraduate degree is over and that everybody on my course will now be going their separate ways, but I'm incredibly grateful for the experience.

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  1. Congratulations, Claire! You must be very proud! x

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  2. Congratulations on recieving your first scientific degree! Even though the heat took it's toll, it seems like the day was overall great!

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    1. Thank you! The heat was a overwhelming but I'm glad it didn't rain!

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  3. Congratulations!
    The cake surprise was really sweet! ♥

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    1. Thank you! The cake surprise was lovely, and it was delicious! I couldn't eat it all and ending up taking half of it home with me because it was too nice to leave!

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  4. Congrats!! Enjoy your time off before your next adventure starts :)

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    1. Thank you lovely! It seems like I have ages off, it seems so peculiar that I'm not going back to the same university. I hope you are well!

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    2. Your Welcome! It felt strange just knowing that I wouldn't be going back to school at all! It would be really strange to think of going to a different university so I can kind of see how you are feeling.

      My job hunt since graduation has not been going all that well. I haven't had much luck finding listings in my chosen field. The boyfriend and I decided that I am going to expand my job search to other areas. So we may be moving in the not so distant future. I don't think our kids will be happy about moving though and that will be hard for us.

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    3. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been having trouble finding work. I think I am going to be faced with a a similar problem when I graduate again next year - work in my field is mainly further south. I can imagine that it is particularly hard when you have a family and you are trying to make everyone happy. I really hope that things work out for you and you find something that you love doing, and that it isn't too stressful for you and your kids if you do have to move.

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  5. Congratulations Claire! I know what hard work University studies means. Good luck to your new path werever it takes you.

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  6. Massive congratulations, that's an amazing result :). You look lovely in the photos. I'm sorry you fainted though.

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    1. Thank you! I'm still on the fence about my hair (it's taking a lot of getting used to) but I think it's growing on me. The fainting wasn't too bad, luckily I recovered quickly and the staff were really kind.

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  7. Well done on graduating sweet, you have achieved something AMAZING! Sorry to hear you fainted! :(

    Danniella x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I can't believe it's over! The fainting could have been worse, luckily the staff were really nice so I recovered fast.

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  8. Congratulations, I love your hair and the food looked gorgeous. Best of luck with the Masters.

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    1. Thank you so much! The hair is such a big change, I can't quite get used to it. I think it's growing on me, it's just bizarre to see red hair on me after so many years of black!

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  9. Congratulations!!! I feel exactly the same, it's such a bittersweet feeling...
    And wow; your hair totally changes you, in a good way that is! You look adorable!

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    1. Thank you! And congratulations to you too! Thank you, the hair is quite a dramatic change, and I'm still not completely sure. I think it's growing on me so I'm going to stick it out for a bit longer!

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  10. Congratulations! :)
    By the way, your new hair looks awesome and suits you wery well! :))

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  11. Oh dear, congratulations :D What an amazing feeling when you graduate from uni. I wish you every luck with your future plans!! And btw this hair colour looks amazing!!!! Suits you a lot!!!

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    1. Thank you! It is an amazing feeling. I'm still unsure about the hair, but everybody else seems to like it so I'm going to stick it out a little bit longer!

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