#LboroGrad2017 – my graduation story
Hi guys! Hope you have made use of the rare sunshine and taken time to chill with families and friends. Results days is approaching soon. I am sure you must be nervous yet excited about it. I wish the best of luck for you guys. Bear in mind if you’ve got any questions, issues or enquiries pop up, Loughborough Student Support and relevant department contacts are more than welcome to answer your enquiries.
With you guys excited to step away from teenage years, I am also stepping into the proper adulthood after my graduation in July. In this blog, I am going to share my graduation day experience.
From Hong Kong to the UK
After a short break in Hong Kong, my dad and I went for an 18 hours journey back to the UK for my graduation. We were both excited especially my dad because it was his first time travelling to the UK after 20 years.
Upon coming back to the UK, we were both exhausted. We decided to have a chilled schedule for the first couple of days. As my financial supporter throughout the whole degree, my dad was pretty concerned about the quality of the school that I spent 3 years of my life in. Thus, we had a little walk around the campus first thing first. My dad was absolutely shocked with how big and green the campus was compared to the universities in Hong Kong.
Finally, it was the graduation day. I was pretty excited about this big day and just couldn’t sleep all night the day before. I woke up (or more like stayed up) in the early morning; suit up and gowned up myself. After I have put that gown on, the extra weight from the gown made me feel like I carry extra responsibility stepping into proper adulthood. Like every action I made is accountable for myself. Another feeling that I had was finally, the Bachelor is over with a sense of accomplishment that I have gradually achieved something major in life.
After taking some photos and meeting up with the other school mates, the ceremony began. The ambience of the ceremony was quite traditional. Lord Sebastian Coe gave a speech to commence the ceremony, then the graduates lined up to the stage to receive the certificate from him. When the Master of Ceremony called out my name, I was quite nervous yet very excited. All the eyes were on me and it was definitely one of the biggest moments in my life.
That couple seconds in my life took me 3 years of hard work to redeem. I was delighted to graduate from Loughborough with a First-Class Honour in BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management. This ceremony gave me a quick flashback of how I have tried hard in my university life with the sleepless nights of doing coursework and revision. It also brought out the memories of meeting some of my good mates who carried me through the ups and downs in the university.
The final steps
The whole ceremony ended in like an hour time. It was a simple yet meaningful event with loads of pictures taken with family and friends. I went to the prize giving ceremony in civil engineering building to receive two awards from the department for the best dissertation and student in the cohort. I am absolutely honoured and delighted to receive the award. It resembles my little academic achievements and the hard work that I put in these three years.
My undergraduate life completed formally after the prize giving ceremony. I am forever grateful for everything that has happened in the undergraduate life no matter good or bad. Going onwards and upwards, I am going to pursue my postgraduate studies and hopefully, I can start doing a PhD in Loughborough this September.
Bye for now and see you guys next month.