After 3 years of late nights, assignments, stress and the occasional drunken night out (okay, a lot of drunken nights out), I have finally graduated from University!
Although I actually finished Uni in May last year I had to wait until January 17th to actually get my degree. I won’t lie when my Facebook and twitter timelines were full of my friends graduation pictures over the summer I was slightly put out that we had to wait so long for our ceremony, but as all the fuss died down I was actually pretty glad ours was later as it gave me something to look forward to rather than everything being over and done with in the summer.
So on Friday 17th January the day finally came and it was definitely worth the wait. We went for a lovely graduation lunch in Derby and then off to Uni to get my cap and gown ready for the ceremony. It was so weird being sat there knowing that this was actually my graduation ceremony from University. Ever since I can remember I knew I was going to University (I remember telling my Nan when I was about 5), and to actually be sat there in my cap and gown all those years later after completing my GCSE’s , A Levels and 3 years of Uni was actually a little bit surreal. It was a great feeling to know that all those years of hard work had paid off and I had got a degree in a two areas I love.
I won’t lie I don’t really remember a lot about going up to receive my degree, I just remember trying to make sure that I didn’t fall over and to make sure I smiled and shook the Chancellors hand. I had to ask my parents if I actually smiled when walking across the stage because I couldn’t remember and I was worried that people might think I was miserable. Thankfully they assured me that I smiled and most definitely didn’t look miserable! Also after a couple of emails and telling several people on the day my name was actually pronounced correctly, although I had to actually get the lady at the side of the stage to tell the man reading out names my actual name JUST before it was my turn to walk. My dad even managed to capture this moment on camera!
After the ceremony we took some more pictures and then it was time to give back the cap and gown. All the build up and my graduation was over in a flash but I still had the Grad ball to look forward to on the night. I went with my two friends Lauren and Stacey and we had a great night catching up with people we hadn’t seen in a while!
I had a great 3 years at Derby Uni and I met some amazing people who I hope I will stay in touch with for years to come. I won’t lie I felt a bit sad on the drive home Saturday as it felt like the end of an era but I’ll still be in Derby at least once a week for my theatre company and I speak to friends from Uni all the time so its not like I’m cutting all ties. Time to start the next chapter of the crazy thing that is my life!