“What do you want to do when you’re older?” my older cousin had asked me back when I was still in year 7. Seeing the completely blank expression on my face, my slightly-less older cousin came to the rescue, “Don’t worry. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was your age either.”
But I wasn’t worried. After all, I had until the end of high school to decide what I had wanted to do. Right? Fast forward now to the day of my graduation, and I am still just as oblivious as I had been since day one.
(Fyi: I’m not really one to put my private thoughts out there for others to see, but I thought that I’d do something a bit different for a change for those that can be bothered reading. In saying so however, this will probably be my one and only post on the topic.)
In lieu of professional photos, my friends had suggested a few poses for me. Thanks for making me look like the biggest wanker, guys.
This might all sound contrary to the smiley graduation photos that you can see on here. But truth be told, I was not looking forward to my graduation ceremony. In fact, I wasn’t even planning on attending it. However I’m glad to have eventually gone through with it in the end after some convincing by friends and family.
Initially I was only going to attend the ceremony for my parents. My mum in particular, was very excited about the day. Instead of going out to buy a bouquet, she had personally chosen the flowers herself and arranged them into the bouquet that you see below. She had even taken upon her creativeness to bake a graduation-themed cake for me. Thanks for being the more excited one out of the both of us, Mum ?
Apart from it being expected of me, the decision to go to uni after high school was made in the hopes that it’d buy me more time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. This obviously didn’t happened. So in a way, I sort of viewed my time at uni as being a bit redundant and not really an achievement in its own right – leading to mixed feelings towards my overall graduation.
I used to feel like I was the only one that didn’t have a clue in life. Thankfully I’ve come to realise that I’m definitely not alone in this regard. Also it was through discussion with some close friends that I came across a question that really got me thinking: “If I could, would I go back and do it all the same again?”
Surprisingly, my answer was yes.
I’ve realised by now that I wouldn’t have ended up where I am today if I had not gone down this pathway. For starters, I don’t know if I would have be lucky enough to land my current job at a hospital. Secondly, I probably wouldn’t have made the spontaneous decision to fly to Europe by myself last year (as a means of escaping from the reality of doing a course that I didn’t really care about to begin with). In saying so, I mightn’t have realised my fondness for travelling so early on. And last but not least, I might not have met and/or stayed in touch with all of the amazing people that have been in my life since high school.
I actually ended up enjoying my graduation day a lot more than I had expected to. Seeing my family and friends there on the day (thank you to the ones that also came to surprise me!) to celebrate with me really made all the difference towards the whole event. Thank you again guys ❤️
I was surprised to find out that Melbourne Uni undergrads didn’t get hats. Luckily, Jess had an backup plan in recreating that classic graduation hat-toss photo. Thanks Jess! And yes, I’m pretty sure some of you didn’t even realise it was actually a hat emoji in my snap from that day ?
For now I still don’t have any grand plans for the future. And for the first time in my life, I’m finally ok with it.
Looking back, I’ve managed to do things that I wouldn’t have ever envisioned myself doing back in year 7. I’ve traversed across four continents, visited 15 countries and seen more of this world than I ever could have possibly imagined by the age of 21! I’ve come to meet some amazing people from all over, some of which I’ve been fortunate enough to have as a constant in my life. And just recently, I was offered a full-time position at my current workplace a week before I was due to graduate *woo!*
Even though the journey through uni itself wasn’t all that memorable for me – there were a lot of other memories and events that had occurred throughout that I now wouldn’t change for anything. And I think that that’s something worth feeling proud and thankful for. And to end it all off now, I will leave you with this wanky as hell photo of me (creds to Tony) in the middle of leaving my ceremony. Enjoy ?