Graduation ball, moving out, goodbyes: June on campus
I finished my exams on the 29th of May, but I did not go straight home. Like most of my friends, I stuck around for the whole of June to rest, pack, catch up with people, and make sense of the fact that my time at Warwick is coming to an end.
Overall, June has been an incredibly weird month. The first few weeks felt quite normal, although I had officially finished all my exams. I was still around campus and the hectic, busy exam life was still all around me. Everyone was still there and there was no point thinking of saying goodbye. But gradually, people started leaving, I started packing and not having a rigid schedule anymore, therefore spending much more time at home. There was a tangible feeling of things getting slower and slower. On top of all that, the stress of waiting for results was constant! It was a month of wait, stressful patience, and a bit of melancholy – but also of great fun and rest. Here are some of the most relevant things that happened.
1. Grad ball
Ever since 1st year, my flatmates and I had been talking about how nice it would be to go to Grad Ball all together. Fortunately, we somehow managed to remain friends and make those talks a reality! It was a great night, everyone looked beautiful, I tried to give EDM a chance, it did not work, but it was great anyways.
Shoutout to my course mates Azilis and Raphene for being wonderful dancing partners, and to Naomi for singing “I’m a Believer” with me.
2. An adventurous IKEA trip and great game nights
Here is my 1st year Flat gang again, and this time we hit on IKEA as a nice last day trip together. We kept our tradition of always losing something important in the showroom – we like the thrill. We also had some great game nights in which I managed to carefully hide my overly competitive spirit behind a “I’m tired” mask.
3. A stressful packing process
It was definitely not as bad as last year, when I left everything last minute and had multiple breakdowns. It always takes twice more than what you think – there are always bits and bobs that don’t have a place, loads of rubbish, clothes to give out, the whole house to clean up! Fortunately, this year I took plenty of time to avoid a similar experience and it was alright in the end. However, it was mentally draining and a bit stressful. Top tip for packing and moving out: plan your time strictly. I did not have a schedule and I ended up procrastinating, while having a more rigid mental plan would have certainly helped.
It was definitely not an easy time, but it made me realise how much I’ve gained during my time at Warwick. In particular, June was a time of friendship and some well-deserved rest. I hope you all get the same after the end of your exams!