Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Graduation

After a tumultuous start to my university experience four years ago, it was a sunny October day when I finally took the 10 yard leap from student to graduate. Panics over half term traffic jams and major hat hair aside, it was one of the proudest days of my life and I will never forget it. 

The morning started fairly relaxed, although I didn't have time for breakfast (I was so nervous about tripping on stage, my robes and mortarboard not fitting etc.) I'm such a worrier that I imagined every possible scenario going wrong in my head. I really don't help myself, haha! My brother was late - the first hiccup of the day. The ceremony started at 12pm and we didn't leave the house until 10.30am, by which time all of my friends were already at the university campus robed and ready! I was freaking out all the way to campus, not helped by tractors on country roads, slow cars, train gates and half term traffic jams backed up all the way down the bypass. I made it to campus around 11.15am and basically ran around to get registered, robed and have my professional photograph taken. Oh god, so embarrassing! I think the photo is going to turn out awful as the photographer made me smile like a right idiot. It's going to be awesome having to see that framed on my parents' living room wall for the rest of my life!
I literally ran across the road to the Chichester Festival Theatre where my family were already waiting, along with all my friends' families too. We didn't have time to take any photographs beforehand; I just switched my shoes from flats to wedges, and tried my best to round up my girls to get us all inside on time. The ceremony itself started at 12pm and was only supposed to be an hour long. It turns out that we were one of the largest groups of graduates the university had ever seen, plus there was a fellowship being awarded to the BBC radio dramatist Nick Warburton (the speech honouring him was so long and we had yet to collect our diplomas by this point), we didn't get out of the theatre until 2pm! 

The entire ceremony was a bunch of déjà vu. I had heard the whole thing word-for-word before at my brother's ceremony a couple of years ago! So I knew all of the anecdotes, punchlines, and the serious stuff too. Still, it's a little different when it's your ceremony isn't it? I was too busy worrying about tripping over on stage to care! Luckily that didn't happen either, and I even managed to spot my family in the crowd as I went up on stage. I almost got a little choked up when they called my name and friends and family cheered - totally felt like thrusting my fist in the air like Judd Nelson at the end of The Breakfast Club!

It was so lovely to see everyone again, fellow students and lecturers alike. It's sad to think that I may not see half these people ever again but I've had such a great time studying with them that I'm going to try really hard to stay in touch with them. We all did it together and for that I think we share something pretty special.
It was pretty disappointing that the ceremony overran by an hour because it meant we hardly had time for photographs afterwards either. When my brother graduated it seemed like we were outside forever, waiting for them to finish taking photos! Still, we managed to get a couple in before most of us had to leave in order to get to lunch reservations. We decided to stay a bit longer to have some family photos done because we knew we had already missed ours. In the end we went to The Crown and Anchor pub, which overlooks the Chichester marina and was looking beautiful as the sun was setting. I opted for a delicious gourmet cheeseburger with a brioche bun, chips and homemade coleslaw, followed by a chocolate brownie sundae - so good! Diet starts tomorrow, as they say.
Okay so I don't know what to say about these pictures... I think I'm still in shock! As a graduation gift from my parents I was presented with two beautifully wrapped little blue boxes over dinner. Safe to say I let out a pretty excited squeal! In one box was the infamous Return to Tiffany & Co sterling silver heart tag earrings which fit my earlobes perfectly, and in the other was a matching sterling silver heart tag double chain bracelet which is so dainty and gorgeous. Honestly I feel so lucky to have received them in the first place, but now they will forever have connotations with my proudest day!

It really was one of the best days of my life. I couldn't have done it without the support of my amazing family and of course my girls. They have made my university experience what it is and for that I am forever grateful. Girls, you're friends for life, and I'm so glad I got to go on this amazing journey with you all!

So yes, I'm a graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in English and Creative Writing! Now I just have to figure out what to do with it...
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  1. Waaah this is SO weird! I didn't know you went to Chi!

    I graduated from there 2 years ago! :D

    I just spotted your pic on my blogfeed and was like: hang on a cotton-picking minute, I know those colours!

    Congratulations!!! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Oh my god, that's amazing! What a small world, haha! Thank you lovely! Xx

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  2. Congratulations. I loved graduation, even though I was really ill. Great feeling, can't believe it was 6 years ago!

    Grace
    grownupgrace.com

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    1. Thanks Grace! Awh it's a shame that you were ill - my mum was ill for mine so she really was a trooper! Xx

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  3. Congratulations!
    I'm in my last year of high school and really nervous for Uni. I'm taking a gap year though so I can travel and decide where to go and what to study.

    Could you do a post on your Uni experience?

    Sarah | Sarah Dave




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    1. Awh thank you Sarah! Honestly, you'll be fine once you've picked where you want to go and you're settled in. Of course I can! Xx

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  4. Love Tiffany's sooo much!! Lovely present.

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

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    1. I know, I feel so lucky! Gorgeous gifts! Xx

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  5. CONGRATS this is incredible and what a gorgeous gift from your parents xx

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    1. Thanks Jess! I know, I think I'm going to wear them every day... Don't want to take them off! Xx

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  6. Congrats! I graduated last year and I really miss uni!

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. Thank you, I miss uni already too! Xx

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  7. Congratulations! I graduate in less than two years and I think it's going to come round so quickly! xx

    Toasty

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    1. Thank you Beth! Ah, savour every moment, it honestly comes around so quickly! Xx

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  8. Congratulations! This looks so exciting! I graduate in July and the months are just flying by already, ahh scary! :)

    Life As Lissy

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    1. Thanks Mellissa! It'll be here before you know it! Currently experiencing uni blues! Xx

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  9. A huge congratulations to you!! I can imagine the worries because I am exactly the same but Im glad it all went well in the end.
    Such fabulous photos and gifts to remember a special day.

    Best wishes, Danielle. x
    http://underlandtowonderland.blogspot.co.uk/

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