Graduating from Liverpool John Moores University
23rd July 2015
How to I begin to summarise the last three years of my life? Where do I begin?
I moved to Liverpool in 2012 to study geography and to start one of the biggest adventures of my life. Last Thursday I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a 1st class honours degree in Geography (BSc).
I remember people telling me my three years at university would fly by but it’s difficult to understand just how fast they go. I met some incredible people along the way and made many special memories. It’s hard to believe it’s come to an end.
I graduated at Liverpool Cathedral, which is the largest church in England. I had to collect my gowns and have my professional photos taken beforehand on campus, all while my parents drank wine in the gardens. I felt so special being dressed in the robes. Fortunately for me they were blue, which is my favourite colour to wear. I wore a light blue dress underneath, which worked really well.
I met up with some friends and had the chance to meet their families too. We all wondered over to the cathedral to find our seats for the ceremony.
But before I got in, I found my best friend Becky from back home in Shropshire standing at the door to wish me luck. I was completely surprised but it was a lovely moment.
The ceremony was quite long, with everyone from natural science, psychology and astrophysics graduating. Geography was towards the end and I felt so nervous about getting up in stage. You’ve probably all seen the graduation fail videos, and to add to the worry of falling I was wearing heels!
It was all a blur. Before I knew it it was over. I shook hands with the chancellor and vice chancellor, and finally one of my lecturers. He had been so supportive of me throughout the three years, especially with my hip condition, so I felt quite emotional.
Later on in the evening we went out of a meal to celebrate. We choose Miller and Carter Steakhouse on Albert Dock because that was the restaurant we went to the day I moved to Liverpool. After a huge meal with lots of cocktails and wine we ended the night in the Cavern Pub, enjoying some live music.
It hit me hard when I woke up on Friday. Not the alcohol, but the fact that I had now finished university and I won’t get to see my uni friends as often as many are moving back home. I wish I could go back to the start and relive it all again. I know it was a stressful three years but they were also some of the best years of my life.
It’s time to focus on the future and enjoy what’s to come next…whatever that might be.
(Sorry for the the photo quality. It was taken on my mum’s compact camera and it was really bright outside. Professional photos to follow!)