27 July 2017

Graduation - A Dream Come True!

A few days ago I graduated from university. I'd never thought of myself as a graduate and the memory itself is still quite surreal, yet so thrilling. Now that the day has passed I feel so content and can see things in the big picture. It's been a great adventure - I loved studying abroad whilst juggling personal relationships and professional life, despite its ups and downs and challenging moments. It hasn't always been easy. But I have learnt so much from this experience, and grown so much as a person, that I would do it all over again. All I can think of now is that a dream has come true.

Graduation Week
I came back to Bristol with my mum which was very nice as it brought us back to the summers when we travelled to the UK just for pleasure and visit family friends. We stayed at the Clifton Hotel which is average but that I highly recommend for its close location to campus - crucial when it comes to graduation!
We spent the day wandering around Bristol and buying last minute bits and bobs we might have needed the next day, such as safety pins, bobby pins and hairspray. I felt quite nervous so spent some time watching a series (soon to feature in my favourites!) and on social media to get distracted.
The next day, I woke up early to do my hair and makeup - by this time I was even more tense as the event was getting closer. I met up with my friend Hannah at the Students' Union and later walked to Bristol Improv Theatre for a photoshoot. By this point, our friends Lizzie and Naomi and their families were also there and I felt much more relaxed.
We then headed to the language reception, which was lovely as I got to speak to my tutors and introduce them to my mum and I also won one of the available prizes. That gave me a confidence boost which was greatly needed for the ceremony as by that point I was dreading it!
After having taken a lunch break we headed to Wills Memorial Building, which is where the ceremony was held. After a fairly long introduction, students started to be called on stage to confer them their degree by clasping the students' hands, which are held in a prayer position (I'm still not quite sure why a handshake wasn't acceptable...). After walking on stage I felt like all tension had melted away and could celebrate with my friends. We somehow got to Bills as it was pouring rain, and had some drinks before saying goodbye.
The next day I could finally let all the magic sink in and felt amazing. I was and still am very grateful to have been able to get to this point with the incredible support of my family, let alone the chance to afford an education. My biggest dream has now come true!
Are you a graduate? Share your graduation experience in the comments!


  1. congratulations, it feels great to graduate XD

  2. Congratulations!! It's a milestone that should be celebrated and I hope you did plenty of that! The years will fly by quickly it seems after college. I graduated about 5 years ago and it feels like yesterday!

    1. Hi Shannon, amazing! It sounds like you have great memories of graduation :)

    2. Big congrats, Assia!! You look so beautiful and free in your graduation outfit :-) I love the earrings!
      I'm a graduate of Ryerson University, in downtown Toronto; that was over 6 years ago now! How time flies...but it was such a big accomplishment for me, as I almost dropped out after first year. After our ceremony, I met up with my family for photos and later on, some friends came by where we went out for dinner and drinks afterwards. It really was a nice day in June :)


    3. Thank you so much, Lor :) I loved hearing your graduation story. Toronto sounds like such a cool place to be in, and it must have been a great opportunity to study there. Even though it was a few years ago, well done for your achievement <3

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