So, what now?! – OurWarwick

So, what now?!

Well, I guess that is it, then.

My journey at Warwick University has officially ended. The result of 4 years of my life, heavily invested in my higher education, captured in a small block of text on a digital document. It is printed in one of my favourite colours, at least:

In 2016, when I started this degree, I honestly did not think I would be able to commit to the whole journey, let alone get good grades. I didn’t think I was capable, but I just knew I had to give it a go.

You miss 100% of opportunities you don’t take : )

This is me celebrating my graduation outdoors, doing a yoga pose I also didn’t think I was capable of achieving 4 years ago!

But in the end, I smashed it! It was a steep learning curve and it did not come easily to me. I worked hard; read extensively and knuckled down to produce quality work, so I know I have earned every one of those marks. But, I love learning, so none of those study sessions was ever in vain.

It was such a shame that the COVID situation made my course end in such an ugly and abrupt manner. I wasn’t able to get closure, celebrate with my cohort nor thank all my lecturers in person. They just got emails instead and sadly no cake to share around the office.

Although, next year I want to make up for it by attending both my undergraduate and, hopefully, my postgraduate award ceremonies. I say hopefully, not because I doubt my capability of passing my MSc, because I am determined, but that we never know what is around the corner and I don’t want to assume anything. I lost a friend this year. I am taking nothing for granted. I am just enjoying each day as it comes.

Do I feel accomplished and unstoppable now?

Well, yes, actually. I have overcome my limiting assumptions that I am not good enough and that I can’t commit to anything. I now have evidence on my award transcript to prove it.

I even printed out and highlighted my glowing dissertation feedback, to remind me of my achievements if that stoopid little voice, Jeff, pipes up about some untrue assumption to stop me leaping forward into new adventures (yes, I now call that negative little voice Jeff!).

I have learned to use my skills and strengths and I am developing them to make a difference in the world. Now, I just need to figure out how to get paid for it!

What could you do today to make you feel accomplished and unstoppable?

  • Ben H

    Congratulations! Best of luck for whatever comes next. Thank you for sharing your journey along the way.


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