Friday 17th July 2015 marked the day we (as a family and cohort) had all been waiting for. GRADUATION!!! And let me be the first to say, it was one of the busiest days of my life. This year, Eid (an Islamic day of celebration) was on the same day as graduation so, as you can imagine this added to celebration of the day.
It was an absolutely perfectly imperfect day. Filled with joy and excitement from everyone you met. Whether it was from family, friends or random passers by that noticed you trying to navigate yourself in that giant robe and the tassel hanging down your face.
Since I’ve had a couple of days to recover from the festivities – I decided to write down a few tips that may help the day go that little smoother:
- Stay hydrated! There’s usually quite a lot of walking involved and those robes can be fairly thick and heavy.
- Make a plan of action, complete with meeting points and make sure everyone attending knows it. It’s easy to get lost in the crowds and distracted when you see your friends.
- If you are wearing heels, carry a pair of flats. Like I said before, there’s usually LOTS of walking.
- Take lots of pictures. Get everyone to take lots of pictures and videos. These are great to look at and watch after since you haven’t seen from the outside.
- Carry little snacks. The day is so busy that you get caught up in it and forget to eat.
- Thank everyone that helped you along the way. Sharing the joy makes the day that little sweeter.
- But most of all. ENJOY YOURSELF. It is a great day and you should be so proud of yourself for getting to this point.
Even though I’m still a scientist living in limbo career-wise, it didn’t take away from the occasion.