It’s a bit of a cliché saying that my undergraduate degree has been the best three years of my life, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t true. Don’t get me wrong, it’s also been the hardest, most exhausting time too, but it’s all been worth it. Yesterday I graduated from Warwick with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry, and it’s safe to say that I’ve never been prouder of myself.
I found out that I’d be graduating with a First while on a train down to London with my best friend – we’d planned to have a great day out on results day to either celebrate or drown our sorrows – and the news made me cry in public. Granted, it wasn’t the first time that this had happened throughout my undergraduate degree, but definitely the best reason to that I’ve ever had. The relief and pride I felt made all the hard work worth it, although I did suddenly panic that all that was standing between me and my degree was a stage that I could very easily trip up on at graduation!
I’m happy to report that I didn’t fall over when collecting my certificate, and graduation day was the most incredible experience. All my close family came down to Warwick to celebrate with me, and while only my parents actually came into Butterworth Hall, my sister, grandparents and auntie all soaked up the sun on the piazza to watch on the big screen. It was so lovely to see my course mates, and the physicists who also graduated that afternoon, celebrating their achievements, and I don’t think I stopped smiling all day.
While I’ll be returning to Warwick for my Masters next year, graduation was the perfect end to three years as an undergraduate, though bittersweet as it meant I had to say goodbye to so many of my friends. Reflecting on my time at campus made me realise how grateful I am to have been given so many amazing opportunities, and to have met so many incredible people. Yes, I earned my degree through my own hard work (and tears!), but I also owe it to my supportive family, and amazing friends who have helped me through times that I honestly wanted to give up. Despite numerous breakdowns (sorry to those of you that have had to deal with me through those!), I wouldn’t have changed my time at Warwick for the world. I honestly can’t wait to spend the next year back at my favourite place, studying a subject that I love.
And to end my final blog on an appropriately cheesy note: to everyone that’s graduated over the last couple of weeks, con-grad-ulations (I know, I’m sick of that pun too). To everyone that’s supported me over the last three years, I couldn’t have done it without you. To anyone considering starting a degree at Warwick this October, do it, it’ll be the most rewarding thing you ever do. And to The University of Warwick, thank you – deciding to study here was the best decision I’ve ever made.