My graduation day
On the 16th July, I had such a fantastic time celebrating my graduation with my family, friends and fellow students. I am thrilled to say that after all my hard work and effort across the 3 years, I graduated with a First Class and was awarded a prize!
The first Degree Ceremony of Summer 2019 was for Life Sciences and Statistics, and this felt like a privilege in itself. The ceremony was in the morning which meant that my family and I stayed in a hotel in Kenilworth the night before. I would have been a nervous wreck if I had had to wait around for an afternoon ceremony so I was relieved that it was in the morning. It also meant that afterwards, my family and I were able to go to a lovely hotel in the countryside for a celebratory afternoon tea.
On our way to campus in the morning, I was very nervous but of course I was also looking forward to it. I hadn’t been to a graduation ceremony before so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. It was really exciting wearing the gown and mortarboard and seeing everyone else wearing them too. As we took out seats in the Butterworth Hall, an organist, a Brass Quintet and the University of Warwick Chamber Choir each performed live music. On our seats were programmes for the ceremony, and I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I saw my name and the names of my friends printed inside.
The atmosphere in the Hall was so warm, as so many people had come together to celebrate all our achievements. Walking up on stage to shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor and the Head of Life Sciences, receiving my degree certificate and watching my friends receive their certificates, was a truly momentous experience. After the ceremony, a professional photographer took a group photo of all the Life Sciences graduates (which took a lot of organisation and patience!) This was followed by prize-giving and a buffet lunch for all Life Sciences graduates, guests, and academic tutors. It was a day of celebrations but it also was a day of saying goodbye to friends and to Warwick. It is hard to describe how amazing the day was and I will certainly look back on it in years to come.
And so ends my 3 years at Warwick. Choosing to study Biological Sciences at Warwick was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I loved my subject and enjoyed my studies, achieved my First and met many great friends. From my time at Warwick, I have become much more confident, independent, and have shown that perseverance and hard work pays off.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who has read my blogs! I hope they have been useful and enjoyable. I wish you all the best for the future.