I am finally a university graduate! I cannot believe how long it took to get to the day and how quick it was over! I swear graduation week was more stressful than university itself, I kept worrying about if family would make it and how I would do my hair and would I have enough time to get ready, if I'd fall over. Stressful stuff man. However the day came and went without any issue, I was ready on time, my family arrived and although I felt like I was going to throw up I ran across that stage without falling, shook hands, got my certificate and was sitting down before I even knew it was over. So here are a few photos from the day/the ball and some thoughts on university and graduating..
I can't decide if I'm happy, sad or just downright petrified now that I've fully graduated. My three years at Teesside have gone so quick, I can't believe they're gone. I remember turning up on my first day soaked from the rain petrified since I hadn't been to freshers so I knew no one and everyone seemed to have friends already, before recognising a girl from college and trying to find the room together. I remember thinking how huge the campus was and getting a little lost on my way to buildings and classes, panicking as lecturers went through slides really quick and assignments were piling up thinking I was never going to get to the end of my degree with a good grade. I remember sitting with Abbey at the end of final fling in second year and drunk crying because I was sad we only had a year left yet thinking dissertations and graduating were still so far away, I swear third year didn't even happen. It's a blur of nights out, nights in the library, tears, lab work and far too little sleep.
No one prepared me for university, they only ever told me about parties and too much work, no one told me it would change me as a person as much as it had. I've grown so much as a person and university has prepared me for so much, I can live off barely any money, I can make a meal out of nothing, I can balance and organise my life fairly well. University has also given me some amazing friends, I never thought I'd end up meeting people that I actually miss as much as I do, Thursday was the last time we're probably all going to be together and that made me really sad we were such a small course but that was perfect as it meant we could all fit around one table for lunch and were much closer than large courses.
To be honest I'm kinda shocked I didn't cry after a few glasses of wine, I felt so happy and proud on Thursday it was ridiculous. Third year was one of the hardest in my life for personal reasons and to get to graduation day and to get a 2:1 I am ridiculously proud of myself, I actually did it. I don't think I'll ever forget my university experience, there were far too many ridiculous times to even attempt it. I'd honestly recommend going to everyone, until Thursday I never really thought about how far I'd come and I still can't believe I've officially graduated and now I'm an adult and that's kinda scary.