Well folks – that time has arrived. It’s time for me to say goodbye!
Before I go into all the sentimental and sappy farewell bits, let’s talk about a little thing that happened on the weekend.
I finally graduated!
And I didn’t fall up or down the stage. Mission accomplished.
Graduation day wasn’t what I was expecting. It can get stressful when you have a big family accompanying you to your ceremony. The same 10001 questions gets thrown at you even though you’ve meticulously written everything down for your guests. And you find yourself madly multitasking between giving direction to your lost family members on campus while trying to register and get your gown on.
But once I got all my family members together and got my gown on – it was all smooth sailing. I showed my family around campus, and we took the typical graduation shots at the iconic landmarks.
It wasn’t until I walked into Wilson Hall that everything kicked in. That “holy shit this is really happening” feeling, plus that “omg I finally did it” feeling finally sunk in. It felt like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders.
Row by row, we were called to join the line to get up the stage. At this point of time, I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. It was all so exciting!
Then it was my turn, and I stood there with my fingers crossed that they pronounce my name correctly.
I guess “Deh-faa-neh” is close enough. Facepalms all around.
Oh well! Life goes on, and I walked across the stage to collect my one very expensive piece of paper from the Chancellor.
While sitting through the rest of the ceremony and admiring the degree I have in my hands, I couldn’t help to be amazed at all the hard work and tears that went into this piece of paper.
Not only that, but the sheer number of people who helped me along the way. It’s definitely been a team effort to get me where I am today. There are so many people to thank, I don’t know where to begin!
- Thank you Academic Skills for your ongoing support and helping me get my act together when it came down to the books.
- To the Safer Community Program – thanks for being there when times were rough.
- To the library staff – thank you for your patience for all the stupid questions I asked on live chat. I will also miss our twitter chats.
- To the Melbourne Careers Centre and the Students@Work staff – thanks for taking a chance on me when I first applied for a job on campus. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had.
- To Carte Crepes for fuelling me crepes and coffee to get me through assignments.
- To all the other staff out there who have support me and Unimelb Adventures (you know who you are) – thank you so much. I really appreciate everything you’ve done.
- To all the friends I’ve met along the way – THANK YOU for keeping me sane.
But the one person who I would not have survived my undergrad without is my mother. She’s an absolute gun who has dealt with all my dramas and has never given up on me. I love her to death and I’m so lucky to have her.
It’s been an incredible journey :’)
The past 3 and a half years have been absolutely incredible and I wouldn’t change a thing. Compared to the awkward, painfully shy first year Daphane who brought her heavy textbooks to the first day of uni – I have come a long way.
And who would’ve thought this little blog would be what it is today!! Unimelb Adventures has been my life for the past 2 and a bit years, and I’m sad to be parting ways with it. But I’m so excited that the blog will continue to run and help other students.
Please be kind to Reanna and Travis, all the new sub-editors, and to our guest bloggers! I can’t wait to see what amazing work you get up to.
Please stay in touch (if you want)!
If you want to stay in the loop with my happenings, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. I have also set up a new blog where I’ll occasionally write – https://daphaneng.wordpress.com/ (it’s still a work in progress!).
And for the last time…
Thank you all so much for following along! It’s the end of an era.
Good luck with the rest of your studies, and go make the most of your time left on campus!