Well, here we are then. The dust has settled, the caps have been thrown and I am a graduate!
Graduation on Friday was amazing; the loveliest and proudest day since SB was born. She was a little star throughout – she and Daf sat and watched the graduation being live-streamed, and fell asleep a few minutes after watching me walk across the stage and shake hands with the vice-chancellor! – if a little tired at the end, hence her expression in some of the pictures.
I can’t describe the feeling of walking across the stage – it was amazing!
The entire day was lovely. I had three sets of pictures done – one of me on my own, one of me with my parents and one of me with Daf and SB, so I’m looking forwards to seeing those when they arrive, along with my degree certificate! After the ceremony, we walked over to the library building with the chancellor, vice chancellors and lecturers and governers, all in their academic dress, applauding us as we passed, and then there was wine and soft drinks laid on in the library for everyone.
The speeches were inspirational, and left me determined to make the best of my degree – and with that in mind, I’ve had a slight shift in my plans for the next few years. There’ll be more on that in due course, but it was definitely a day with a lot of food for thought!
Thank you for the amazing reception to my graduation post; there have been so many kind comments and messages that I have received, and each one has made me smile (and many have made me feel a little bit teary!). There were definitely a few tears yesterday – all happy tears, as I thought about the amazing three years at Glyndwr, and how I started university as an eighteen year old with no real aim in life, and have ended it as a twenty-one year old mother with a wonderful family and a lot of plans for the future! There’s a lot said these days about how university is pointless, and is just a three year holiday for the middle classes. I’m about as far removed from middle class as it gets, and I wouldn’t change a thing about my time at university – I’d recommend it to anyone (although, if you want a slightly easier ride of it, you may wish to skip the ‘having a baby’ part).
So now it’s time for the future. For the first time, I think I’m actually ready.