I've Graduated... Again!

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!

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  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