Graduation – Class of 2014

Graduation is supposedly one of the best and most memorable days of your life. A day to celebrate the achievement of finishing university with a Bachelor’s degree in the field you have chosen. Parents and family members are to beam with pride and joy having helped in some way for you to reach this ultimate goal. That’s what they say anyway.

The question arises as to what happens to those of us who are unhappy with our degree results, but still plan to go to graduation.

Well, mostly the day consists of putting on a brave face and smiling unnaturally.

That’s probably what I should say, but it would be a lie. Graduation, if anything, brought to the forefront just what a crazy ride those three years actually were. The fact that I even made it to this point is barely believable. Sure, I’d always planned to go to university ever since I was a child. I even knew what degree to pursue by age 10, as mad as it sounds. But never did I envision how I was going to get there; where I would go; who I would meet; and lastly, where I would go from then on.

Tuesday 15th July was a HOT day. The campus was filled with students and their guests. It was chaotic, but also a friendly and celebratory atmosphere. The graduating ceremony itself was formal, but also relaxed enough for certain students to sprint into push ups on stage and take selfies before shaking the Vice-Chancellor’s hand. The speeches were interesting enough and had an uplifting air to them that highlighted the changing world with a special emphasis on how lucky we were at this moment in time to collect our degrees as well as the impact of social network media on the world today.

Back to the question of whether graduation was worth going to due to the unhappiness of the results, I would say I made the right choice. It’s difficult at this moment to look passed the results in the cold light of day, no matter how understanding my family and friends are. It’s that thing of once you get something into your head; it’s mighty hard to release it. For me, schooling was everything and I knew it was a platform that I was to be judged on. However, I refuse to let a number revolve around my life.

It’ll just take time to realise that life is more than a piece of paper.

Happy Graduation to the Class of 2014!



What To Do Now?

You’ve just completed your last exam of final year at University. It was weird saying goodbye to your friends and peers when leaving, but you know your truly good friends will keep in contact. Probably as soon as you turn the corner. On the quiet journey home, the thought appears: What on earth will you do with your life now?

This is exactly what happened to me last Friday. Final exam finished, it was time to start looking forward. But, what exactly am I looking forward to? Sadly, there are no job opportunities laid out in front of me with doors opening in all directions. Most career jobs firstly require experience, and a substantial amount at that, before employing a graduate and that was simply not possible for me as studying already took up most of my time at University. This directly impacts my CV. Which at this point is practically non-existent. Well, certainly not good enough to be hired for most graduate programmes.

So, perhaps a Masters to advance my education and open doors in higher places? Well, firstly, there’s the issue of money to pay for the course. Secondly, there’s the more important factor of deciding what to actually study in University for another year. There are so many choices in the areas of both Politics and History, my chosen degree, that it is difficult to even think about narrowing them down. Thirdly, there’s the matter of choosing the institution to partake in this active role of further education. Would I stick with the place that accepted and enrolled me for the past 3 years, or do I move on? It’s too late to apply to graduate programmes for this upcoming September, so at least time won’t be a worry here.

The next few months, then, will be about finding out what I truly want in life.  Hey, the eureka! moment might not happen, but I’ll do everything in my power to search for it with a fine comb. Sleep will be occurring, too. A lot of sleep. I have three years worth of it to catch up on after all. It’s only a few days, but it already feels weird knowing that I’ve stepped into the wilderness. Predators in every corner, but maybe a few friends in hiding too, just waiting to cross paths. What are your summer plans fellow graduates?

Song of the week: Daley – Blame the World