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Monday, 25 July 2016

Life: I'm a Graduate!

When I set off to university nearly 4 years back, I knew that one day I’d have graduated and have an actual real life degree in French Language and Literature to call my own. In my head, it was ages away and I didn’t have to worry at all about falling over on the stage or not getting the classification that I wanted.

On Thursday, I graduated.

I graduated alongside the most important people in my life: my friends, without whom I definitely would NOT have survived a French degree (turns out, I actually can’t stand speaking French. Writing it, yes. Reading it, hell yeah! Not so keen on the actual oral communication aspect of it all though. Lesson learnt.). I got to graduate alongside my boyfriend who over the last few years has been there for me in ways which I could never have imagined. I got to graduate with my parents and brother watching, which for me is probably the most important thing. They’ve helped me financially, emotionally and physically over the last 4 years. My dad helped me move my entire life to university and back. He helped me move my entire life to a foreign country for a year, without complaints and without even questioning it.

On Thursday, he graduated along with me.

My mum has been my rock throughout the four years. She has listened to me rant and rave about my hatred for French (I’m incredibly overdramatic) without complaint. She’s dealt with my constant phone calls. Living away from home for four years has only been difficult for me in the sense that I can’t speak to my mum in person every day. She’s been there when I’ve had actual emotional breakdowns and have been completely inconsolable. She’s gotten me through the single worst experience of my life so far and I don’t know where I’d be without her.

She’ll be graduating as well.

I’m starting a new course in September, but it won’t be the same as the rollercoaster ride that my undergraduate degree has been. I’ve had laughter, tears, more drunken nights than I’d care to admit to and in the end, I achieved exactly what I wanted to achieve. I’ve got my 2:1, I’ve got my near-fluency in French. I am more confident than I’ve ever been, I am happier than I’ve ever been and I’m looking forward to whatever’s ahead for me in the future. I have made better friends than I ever thought possible, ones I know I’ll keep for a lifetime!

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