Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The last day of Childhood

... or Graduation, as it's more commonly known. So, I won't lie, the day itself was pretty horrible to begin with. Did anyone else hate feeling like cattle being poked and prodded and photographed and shunned from photographer to gowns to stage to photographer? When I finally did get to chill out a bit, it was quite nice to see some of my Uni buds and chat about what people are up to now we've left and other grown up stuff like that.

I'm really chuffed and proud and all of that other stuff I'm meant to feel, but ultimately I'm just bloody grateful it's all over. Graduation for me wasn't so much a celebration, but a massive, pompous, over the top sigh of relief.

Thanks for all of your well wishes this week though! I've only shown one Instagram photo so far, so here are some more snaps from the day itself, courtesy of my Dad. 


And, actually, the most important thing is thanking everyone else who helped me over the years. Those who calmed me down over the phone when I sat in the library crying I DON'T UNDERSTAND EPISTEMOLOGY in the middle of the night, those who took me to the doctors when I was having stupid panic attacks on the bus (which, I am irritated to say, have never really gone away), those who smuggled me packets of Mini Eggs into my room and hid them in places I'd only find in times of sheer desperation. 

You know who you are, you're awesome, and I love you.

Claire x

24 comments:

  1. Ahh congratulations! Fab photos :) reminds me of when I graduated from Hallam last year! As if you had Robert Winston there too, I only had the Vice Chancellor haha! xx

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  2. Congratulations! I loved graduation, so much I did it twice haha ;-) I think I mostly loved having the photos to say 'I did it!' and feel super proud. Well done.

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  3. Congratulations! :) I graduated Hallam today and it was generally quite a nice day, so glad we got to have Robert Winston there too. Your pictures are lovely
    -x-

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  4. This is awesome. HUUUGE congratulations!! Looking lovely too.. Oh, and capes are so in this season. Ha.

    HELen

    pierrelecat

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  5. Congratulations! Can't believe your degree got handed to you by Robert Winston, that's the most exciting graduation will ever get, I reckon I'll just have someone I have someone ridiculously posh who I have no idea about (: xx

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  6. Why are everyone's robes so much nicer than my unis?! We have pale pink with a light faux-fur trim!! If I don't run myself over before graduation this summer from all the stress, I have that to look forward to :/

    Motherflippin' congratulations! Your graduation outfit is beautiful. Good luck with all your future endeavours and whatnot :D xxx

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  7. Congrats Claire! I found my graduation was full of mixed feelings - anticipation, anxiety, relief etc. Plus since most graduations take place in summer in Austrlia there's the added stressor of overheating in those grad gowns hahaha.

    All the best with whatever comes next in your life! x

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  8. Congratulations, Clair! I guess you feel super great, right? It's kind of free. Haha, at least I felt this way when I graduated.

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  9. Congratulations on graduating! I found my graduation fun but also quite stressful as the day was so hectic. Second time around I was able to relax and enjoy it a bit more! x

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  10. Great photos! I have only really just started uni but cannot wait for this day to come :) x

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  11. Congratulations, Claire. I hated my graduation so much, I had to be forced to go by my parents as I would have happily skipped it. I avoided the photographers on the day and any of that stuff, I really didn't enjoy uni and couldn't wait to leave, so was not planning to make any giant mementoes of the day. I have a couple of photos my dad took.

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  12. Congratulations :). Mega jealous of your last photo, the obligatory hat throwing was the thing my coursemates and I were most looking forward to about graduation, we were devastated when we realised our University didn't have hats as a part of the dress code.
    Kaz x

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  13. Congrats Claire, you're the only person I know who got a 1st too (I didn't make that up did I?) You are super smart and I know life after graduation is going to be all you want it to be :) xxx

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  14. Congratulations! Love the last photo! x
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  16. Huge HUGE congrats you smart cookie!!! xxx

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  17. Aaaaww I graduated at sheffield city hall yesterday :D xxx

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  18. Aww congratulations on your graduation! I can't imagine the relief sweeping through you!

    You are actually working that gown too! Not many people can do that!

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  19. So proud of you bubba! You look beautiful and I love the dress you chose :)

    Maria xxx

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  20. Congratulations lovely lady! xxx

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  21. serious relief is what i felt but i was extremely proud of wha i'd achieved too. well done, two thumbs up!

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  22. A very late, but sincere congratulations, I know how hard you worked to get here. Amazing achievement lovely xxx

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