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Graduation

Yaaaaayyy!!!

I’VE GRADUATED!!!! I can safely say it has to have been one of the best days of my life.  As I sit here trying to think of the best way to tell you about it, I realise I won’t be able to do it justice. It’s the small and cliche things like wearing the cap and gown, or having the official photos done, or walking across the stage and shaking hands. These are the things that I think you have to experience yourself (which is what you will hopefully be experiencing in a few years time) to realise the magnitude of what you have completed – it’s a very proud moment!

Along those lines, what I will say is that I was struck at the range of emotions I felt that day. Most of all was that overwhelming sense of achievement and pride. I wouldn’t say I often experience pride over my own achievements, but walking across that stage was something I don’t think I’ll ever forget. It’s also the last time you’ll be seeing a lot of your classmates, and to share in the same experience, to know you’ve gone through the same thing, is an awesome feeling.

It’s also very exciting to hear where people are planning to go – what careers they’re pursuing, what jobs they’ve secured etc. Which on the other hand, does feel exceptionally daunting knowing that I am currently holding that officially unemployed status, unsure of where i’m going to be in the next month, let alone the next year. Still, it’s early days and with 95% of Cardiff Uni students securing jobs/a place on further education courses, it appears that the figures are in my favour. What I will say though, is that I’m grateful that I’ve kept a dance career going while studying, as I have teaching and performance work that’s allowing me to support myself whilst on the job hunt. If it weren’t for this I would be seriously eating into my savings – it’s certainly something worth considering when going through your time at uni. Anything you can do whilst studying that will help you once you’ve graduated – especially in those first few months – is incredibly helpful.

So, as you can probably tell from this post, I am currently feeling a mix of emotions about the graduate situation: happiness, pride, excitement, nervous, uncertain… determined! This is a new chapter in my life, and after the celebrations of graduation, I am ready to live it!

It’s crazy to think what route my life could be taking next time I write a post! For now though…

Speak soon, Han

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