How I felt on my Graduation Day
OMG, you guys...I graduated! On Tuesday I went in to university for the very last time to get that little piece of paper that says "well done, you did it, you're a teacher!" (not really, I don't know what it says, it's all in Latin haha) It was honestly one of the best days, with a range of emotions!
Firstly, I felt extremely accomplished. As I walked to the other side of campus to return my robe, so many memories of the past 4 years in the place came to mind. All the way back to September 2010 when it was all so huge and scary to me, when I got my first ever assignment and cried to my parents because I had no clue how to do it. I walked past the library and thought of the hours upon hours I had spent in there slaving over my laptop, doing research, reading dozens of books, writing up assignments, projects, dissertations, lab reports and presentations. I don't want to sound obnoxious but I felt oh so proud of myself for working so hard and being determined.
I also felt so blessed to have been given the opportunity to do all of this. To go to this university, meet the people I've met, learn what I have learned and have so much fun along the way! Not only that, I felt really lucky to have the life I have in general. I have a roof over my head, plenty to eat, I'm in great health, have a great family and good friends. That's more than the vast majority of the people on earth so I think we should all be greatful for things that appear to be little but are actually crucial.
The day also got me thinking a lot about the concept of time, remembering my very first day in uni like it was yesterday and thinking that my final graduation would be way in the distant future, it wasn't. I felt a bit sad that this stage of my life was over forever. I would never be a student again. I am now a proper adult out in the real world and my carefree uni and school days will grow in to a fond distant memory that I will hopefully tell my grand children about. There was a sense of melachony for the past and the time that slipped away so quickly.
But the day also got me thinking about change, and how you never know what the future holds. Remember this post I wrote back in August 2013 about my thoughts on becoming a teacher. I feel like such a different person now! An insane amount has changed in my life since I wrote that a little over a year ago. I have learned so much, made amazing friends, people I didn't know existed when I wrote that, re kindled with old friends, grown so much as a person, I'm more mature, I am much more confident, I am happier and hey I am a teacher now! This gives me hope for the future because you never really know what it holds, you never know who you are about to meet, you don't know how much potential you have, you have no idea what opportunities the future might hold, the impossible is clearly possible, and you should never ever underestimate your capacity.