After 3 years of hard work, sweat, tears, late nights, and countless moments of doubt, my time is finally here – I am about to be a graduate.
The moment I have dreamt of has arrived and I couldn’t be any prouder of my achievements. But at the same time, suddenly everything becomes a blur and you are clueless as to how you’ve made it this far.
This end to another education cycle has made me reflect on everything that I’ve learnt, done, and experienced to become the person I am today. But only, this time it’s different.
My undergrad adventure has been the most prominent years of my life in my transition from a teenager to an independent young woman. I’ve experience many things for the first-time – living with flatmates, moving to a foreign country, being extra self-disciplined when waking up for 9AMs.
The opportunities I’ve had have given me great memories, and gifted me a second home in Newcastle, a bunch of amazing people, and the drive to push myself out of my comfort zone in order to flourish.
It’s more than just education, university is a phase of life where we get to grow and figure out who we are, it even enabled us to pretend to be adults without having to be one (not all the time at least).
While uni has prepped and geared me up to face the corporate world, no one prepares you for the harsh reality and anxieties that ties in with something so important coming to an end.
I will soon be bidding goodbye to some of the best people I’ve ever met, not knowing when I might see them again as we get dispersed around the globe, and life as I’ve known for the past 3 years is going to be drastically different. The routine that I have become so accustomed to and crafted for myself will soon cease to exist :(.
But like everything else in life, all good things come to an end. My life as a student in Newcastle is one that I will hold closest to my heart and cherish deeply. My undergrad life has given me a strong foundation to face challenges that the future may hold, and even though goodbyes aren’t the easiest, it allows for new doors to open up.
Thank you, Newcastle.