Time flies… IAAF Championship and graduation
Time flies when you’re having fun, so the saying goes, but it’s also true for when you get caught up in a lot of things, you fail to notice as the hours and days zip past. It’s become a relentless journey in trying to keep abreast and on top of situations.
That has been the story of the past few weeks. You only have to look at how far we’ve come this year to realise the concept of time – We’re already 8 months into the year. Christmas is around the corner, and 2018 is just about 4-plus months away. January 2017 felt like some weeks ago!
World Athletics Championship London 2017 – Volunteering, Lboro/Lboro-based athletes
One of the things that has made these past few days and weeks enjoyable (in the sense of taking a break from work) is the World Championships in Athletics that took place in London. Loughborough University, as is the norm in all these events around the world, have some students or Loughborough University-based athletes competing in these events. The world championship was no exception. It was very nice to see these athletes excel in the games and bring joy to millions around the world.
I will always remember the opportunity (which unfortunately I had to turn down due to my research work ☹) to be at these games as a volunteer. This opportunity came due to the university having another campus close to the event. We had the chance to participate in the organisation of the event, and who knows, maybe meet athletes such as Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Morgan Lake and others. I hope there will be other opportunities before I graduate.
Heading to London for the IAAF World Champs this weekend? Swing by our stand in the Hero Village and meet our students & staff!
Graduation ceremonies – #LboroGrad2017
One of the perks of being around on campus during summer break is the summer graduation ceremonies. It’s such a wonderful experience, especially for the graduands and their families to share the special day. I celebrated with some of my research colleagues that graduated by joining them for organised lunch and dinner on campus and in restaurants in the centre of Loughborough town. The joy of putting in all the efforts had been rewarded, and they had their families and friends to share such a moment with. I also envisaged how mine will be and the kind of party/celebration I would organise once I get my certificate.
Over the 4 days of graduation ceremonies, I also did a paid volunteering job for these occasions by helping the celebrants and their families pose for pictures with wonderfully crafted signs to celebrate the occasion. They were encouraged to put it on social media, and it was so much fun seeing proud mums and dads posing with specific placards to show their support and express their joys.
It also highlights the various cultures of the world, as friends and families come from all parts of the world to share the joy. It throws up wonderful attires people adorn, and their cultures and traditions, such that it becomes a wonderful learning experience.
Mixed summer (weather)
As is the norm here in the U.K., the weather acts funny, even though we are supposed to be enjoying summer, there are times when it gets confusing. One of such scenarios played out during the graduation ceremony. One of the days was almost a complete washout, but such can never dampen the joy of graduation. Families braved the weather to ensure they have their pictures taken, and generally enjoy their day. To be fair though, it’s been an amazing summer so far in terms of weather.
I would like to wish all the students the very best with their exam results. I know the anticipation that comes with waiting to know if the hard work put into preparations for exams has paid off. It’s always a rollercoaster of emotions for some, and a mighty relief for others, but in all, I’m sure all will be well.
Till next time….