I've Graduated... Again!

5 Dec 2018

Well, well, we're here again! When I wrote my first graduation post back in 2016, I never thought I'd be writing another one two years later. But after a string of horrible jobs in early 2017, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at a Masters degree. I was excited, nervous and confident all at the same time, but here I am, feeling pretty darned proud of myself because I completely exceeded my own expectations.

As I wrote in my 2017 ramble, I was aiming to pass with a Merit because I didn't want to get my hopes up too high. In my English degree, I was used to getting marks around 61-70, which is why I graduated with a 2:1, but in my Masters, I was getting 80+ on almost every piece of work. This planted the little seed of "maybe I could get a Distinction" thoughts in my head, so I continued to work my butt off and lo and behold, I passed with a Distinction! I was so so happy and proud of myself. I was a bit gutted because my final project mark was the lowest that I'd received on the course, even though I had worked my socks off, but I tried not to let that get me down. I was more than satisfied with my overall Distinction and I'm hoping that it sees me into a job I love.
Now, I'd been excited for graduation for a long time because the extremely hot weather ruined my English Studies graduation a bit for me. I loved the idea of a winter graduation because I wouldn't end up a sweaty mess, but then I had to go and severely tear a ligament in my ankle. That's right, I've finally been diagnosed! After 3 weeks of being unable to walk at all and the beginnings of tentatively putting weight on my foot, I was determined to walk across the graduation stage. I had felt so deflated when I realised that I was going to have to use my wheelchair, but after a lovely physiotherapy appointment, I was given permission to fully weight bear on my foot, so after a lot of practising in the house, I did it! I walked across the stage at graduation! Granted, I was a bit wobbly and hobbly, but I made it from one side to the other without looking like a total wally. And yes, I did wear one high heel and one ankle support boot, but it was my day and I was determined to wear my pretty shoe!

I picked up said shoes from New Look during their 25% off everything sale. They're deep burgundy cross strap block heels in a suedette material and they're just perfect! I'm looking forward to the day that I can wear both at the same time, perhaps on a date night *hint hint*. Instead of a dress, I wore a jumpsuit, which, again, I picked up in the New Look 25% off everything sale. It's a floral, button-through jumpsuit in a crepe material from the Curves collection, and I'm in love with it. Jumpsuits and playsuits usually fit me a bit weirdly in all the wrong places, but this one has a great fit and I find it really flattering. I loved the yellow shoes that the model was wearing in the product photo, but I opted for red to match the flowers on the jumpsuit and my graduation gown.

What's on my face:
  • MAC Cosmetics Prep and Prime primer
  • No7 Beautifully Matte foundation in Cool Vanilla
  • Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define concealer in C1
  • NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Gel Pomade in Espresso
  • Naked Heat palette
  • No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Liner in Black
  • Tarte Maneater Mascara
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlight in Exposed
  • No7 Match Made Powder Blush in Apricot Blossom
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Nivea Lip Balm in Peach Shine

After a smooth sailing ceremony, we all headed for a drink at one of my favourite little pubs, The Twisted Lip, followed by a yummy lunch at Baker Street Kitchen. Both of these places hold a fond place in my heart, so it was great to take my family there to experience them too! I wish I'd taken some photos of the food now because my chicken, chorizo, pesto and cheddar melt was beautiful. As was Alex's bacon, brie and cranberry melt, but I was enjoying the company too much and decided not to get my camera out.
So what about the future? Well, I'm really proud of this degree and I learned so much about the digital sphere and news production, including writing, video, audio, blogging, social media and a whole host of other things that I would love to pursue a career in. With that in mind, I'll be putting all the skills I've learned to use through this blog until I finally get myself into a job that I love. There could be a Doctorate on the cards in the future, but not any time soon! Dr. McHale definitely has a ring to it though.

Now, I've got a whole bunch of photos that I love, but no place that feels 'natural' for them to sit in this post, so here they are!

I had the loveliest day with some of my favourite people, and I'd be more than happy to re-live it again! Whilst the morning was taken up by the ceremony and lunch, my afternoon consisted of eating cake, having a nap, having a bath, eating Greek takeaway and drinking ginger beer and gin. The perfect end to the perfect day!

Whould you like to comment?

  1. Congratulations on graduating.. again! And congratulations for being able to walk across the stage, your shoes or should I say one shoe was beautiful! :)


  2. Congratulations!! Dr McHale deffo has a ring to it - good luck with whatever is on the cards for you next