Yesterday I graduated from university!! I obtained my Bachelor's degree (B.Sc) in Microbiology and Immunology (sounds fun right)!? Honestly, I really loved my graduation ceremony because it left me with wonderful memories regarding my degree. Now, when I think back to these past three years, instead of remembering all the caffein-ridden sleepless nights, the endless lab work and the stressful exams, I will remember this beautiful day where I was awarded a degree for all my hard work.
This program definitely pushed me to my limits and there were times where I felt as though I couldn't see the "light at the end of the tunnel". However, I am so happy to have gone through it, because not only did I acquire tons of (science) knowledge, but I also feel such a sense of accomplishment.
One of the things that made me laugh was that almost everyone was forgetting to bring their tassel over to the other side when we got onstage! We arrive at 1:30 pm to pick up our gowns, but other than lining up, we were given no prior warning to how the day was going to go. We (the graduates) also couldn't see anything happening from backstage (to see what others were doing). So, when I got onstage I was thanking the Dean, and forgot to move my tassel over. Thankfully she did it for me (#lol)! The absolute best part of the day was that my dad was able to give me my diploma! I was especially grateful to have shared this moment with him!
My little tidbits of advice for people graduating:
1. Bring a snack (During all that waiting around time, I was starved)
2. Girls, set your makeup. The conditions are constantly changing (indoors, outdoors, in air conditioning, under bright lights onstage, in the sun, etc) so make sure that your makeup will stay in place all day! This means setting powder (high end: Laura Mercier, lower end: Ben Nye Luxury Banana powder) and setting spray (high end: Urban Decay, lower end: NYX)
3. Get some colour. Pictures tend to wash people out, so get a spray tan!
4. Enjoy it. You worked hard, and you deserve it!
I wish all my fellow Uni graduates a big congrats and best of luck in the future!