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An Acknowledgment of Feelings of Pride

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

Hi everyone,

I hope that you’re all well and not too stressed about Term 3.

Today I want to talk to you about a certain feeling that I’ve been experiencing recently- pride. I only have 2 grades left to receive before I can work out my final degree classification, so I can’t think of a better time to write this post.

I am really proud of everything that I’ve managed to achieve over the past three years, for a multitude of reasons. Even though it is very obvious that I’m disabled, it is not something that I like to use as an ‘excuse’. I see myself as on par with non-disabled people most of the time. However, I think that the difficulties that I face due to my Cerebral Palsy should be acknowledged. Before starting university, I had received 1 to 1 support throughout the entirety of my educational career. This support was purely physical and involved tasks like scribing and helping me get from Point A to Point B in my wheelchair. When I started university, it became clear that physical support in higher education does not work in the same way. For that reason, I decided to try going it alone. To my surprise, I was able to manage it.

Warwick Disability Services were fantastic at putting things in place to help me achieve my goals, and you all know how much I sing the praises of the Film and Television Studies Department. I’m proud of myself for achieving everything that I have done on my own, even though sometimes it has left me exhausted. I feel as though it has really helped me to form solid relationships with my peers.

I’m also extremely proud of myself for completing my degree during a pandemic. Although I haven’t really stopped to consider it, I think the pandemic has had a big effect on me. My disability means that I am classed as ‘clinically vulnerable’. This has meant that I’ve spent a lot of time inside over the past year and a bit. I’m so grateful to now be fully vaccinated, but I can’t say that it hasn’t been difficult. 

Although the move to online learning has been helpful to me in some ways, I have desperately missed face to face interaction with those outside my household. I’m also proud of the fact that I’ve been able to maintain my position as a solid 2:1 student. I know that grades aren’t everything, but this was important to me. I also completed my dissertation in the pandemic. Although I didn’t get the exact grade that I was hoping for, I’m still proud of myself. It was the longest piece of work I’d ever written!

Even though the past year has been tough, I can honestly say that I’d complete my undergraduate degree again in a heartbeat. It makes me so happy to think that I’ll be hopefully returning to the department in the Autumn to complete my Masters!

I don’t want this post to make anyone feel bad, that wasn’t my intention. I just think that it’s important to reflect on and celebrate your achievements. What has been the proudest moment of your degree so far? Let me know below!

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

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