On 21 July 2014, I was able to cross off one of the things I want to do before I turn 40, and that is to experience graduation in the UK. Although I was aiming for a Master's degree, I guess another Bachelor's degree is really not bad and I shouldn't complain. I gained my first Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1997 and now in Specialist Practice. I am not giving up on my dream to get a Master's degree though, so watch this space.
My graduation ceremony took place in Bristol Cathedral. The ceremony was very organized and I basically didn't realize that there are no graduation rehearsals here unlike in the Philippines. I was also wondering whether I was going to receive another certificate because I already received mine through the post few months before. But apparently not. All we did was basically go to the platform and be congratulated by the Chancellor. There were few speeches but that was it really. As simple as it may have been, I definitely enjoyed the whole thing as this was another experience and achievement for me.
My favourite part was after the ceremony. We marched down to the marquee for some refreshments and the faculty were lined up and were clapping as we passed by. For some reason I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie. Another important part of my day was the picture taking with my family in the Southwest. Of course, I wished that my family in the Philippines were here too, but unfortunately it was not possible at this time. But I am sure there will be another opportunity for them.
I also loved the instagram box, if you call it that. But whatever it was, it was cool.
And here is another feather in my cap. I may not be the cleverest girl you know, but at least I dream big. One day, I will look back at all this and will whisper to myself, "at least I dreamed the dream"......But in reality, I am hoping that I will be able to live those dreams.
Never give up that dream of becoming who and what you want to be.