I did it! Yesterday I graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in Media Studies.
The whole day from start to finish was perfect. Hands down, the best day of my life so far. I set my alarm super early and there was no rushing – just a stress free day. I collected my gown, got some photos and headed into the hall with my course classmates.
The nerves well and truly kicked in, not only did I have to go on stage to collect my certificate, I also had the honour of doing the closing speech. No pressure?!
My university lecturers had all nominated me to do the valedictory speech and I just couldn’t turn it down. My palms were sweating and I was trying to hold back the nerves and excitement. Before I knew it, I was up there in front of hundreds of people talking about my experiences at university. Honestly, everyone was a blur and before I knew it it was over.
I walked out to everyone cheering and it was such a relief. My speech went down so well and I didn’t stutter or talk too fast. I felt a bit like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde (haha). I treasured the day with lots of photos with my friends and family and also my friend Eleanor.
She made my experience at university so much easier, the lectures were always filled with laughter.
There was just one person I couldn’t share this day with, my brother. One of the biggest moments of my life I had to do without him but I hope I’ve done him proud.
As well as doing the valedictory speech, I was lucky enough to be a graduate success story for the School of Arts and Media. This article was all about how blogging helped me as a person and how this course landed my dream job in communications. Oh and I made it on the front cover too, how good!
Class of 2016!
Felt so surreal wearing the gown and now classing myself as a graduate. I loved spending the day with my family and friends, the hottest day in the UK so far in a gown and hat! Well, least it wasn’t raining. I spent the rest of the day sipping homemade cocktails and just reminiscing. The weather was perfect and the whole day was.