Are you all ready for hand-ins? Make sure you check your papers for similarity so you don’t commit any plagiarism and don’t forget that you are not allowed to share any work with your colleagues, as that is collusion and you will be punished for it. Having that said, let me share with you the best experience of my life, which was Graduation.
Graduation week was the best week ever. I’ve never felt more happy or proud before. Everything was perfect, dress, gown, ceremony itself and me walking there being shy, but with a big grin on my face that could not be wiped by wind of rain. I was excited and I felt that all the hard work, all the stress, all the coffee, sleepless nights, Christmas without family, tears, fear of failure….everything was balanced by that amazing moment when the Chancellor declared us graduates.
I remember that on this time last year I was struggling with my dissertation and my job as a sales assistant, I did not have any time to enjoy life or to go home and visit my family for winter holidays. I felt sad and thought that I will never manage to write my final project as it all seemed so difficult and complicated at that time. Sited outside, I was looking at all the graduates walking around all proud with their robes on, followed by their families. I thought I would never get to that stage myself, but in the same time I felt very motivated. I wanted to be like that, I wanted to wear that gown, I wanted to walk around the campus proud of my achievement.
And I did it. One year later I was there myself, going on that stage, shaking the Chancellor’s hand, getting my degree. It was a unique experience, maybe one in a lifetime and I wish you all the best, so you can have the opportunity to enjoy such a feeling. I want to tell you all to ask for any advice or support you need in order to make this right, because it would be a shame to miss such an amazing Ceremony, just because you did not address so issues and concerns in time.
Professor Van Gore had a brilliant speech, that really impressed me and I would like to share a great quote with you all:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Good luck everybody and I am looking forward to see you all at Graduation next year!