Finally, the long overdue graduation blog post, yay! I'm usually not a fan of ceremonial things with dresscodes etc., and I know it sounds cheesy, but it was truly one of the best days of my life. Even if I was running on only 3 hours of sleep due to nerves, and even if I was so ill I had to fight the fever with ibuprofen and lots and lost of water - I could not stop smiling. Let's have a look at some of the photos Johanna, my super photographer sister, took:
Look, so happy! Here with my cute parents.
And my little family: my aunt, Otto, mum, dad, my brother, and my aunt's partner. + my sister behind the camera. The robes we had to wear were so cool! I felt just like Harry Potter, one of the many perks of graduating.
And one with my little sister (who's 15cm taller than me, lol).
They had a bagpipe band playing, very Scottish.
And Fatou!! Look how happy, cute and nervous we are!
Then it was time for the actual ceremony! They played organ music, held a couple of speeches and handed out our degrees. We had to walk across the stage in front of our teachers when they called our names, get cap doffed by the principal, and then we received our degree by the other side. I was so scared that I was going to face palm on the stage, heh.
But I didn't fall!! Such a relief.
Got my degree!
Just after the ceremony, before we headed off with our families, we took a photo of our girl gang. These girls have been my group throughout these four years, we've been holding each others backs and encouraged each other to try even harder. They are so intelligent, ambitious, powerful, and funny - and I can't wait to see what fantastic things the future will bring.
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You know the "I just want someone who looks at me the way my brother looks at ketchup"? Well, I just want someone who looks at me the way Fatou looks at her degree, haha.
We were so hysterically happy.
Before we headed off to the reception at QMU we had to take a photo with John, aka everyone's favourite teacher/person. He was my dissertation supervisor, and I really couldn't have wished for a more supportive and inspiring supervisor.
At the reception they welcomed us with more bagpipes.
We filled our hungry stomachs with canapés and I showed my family around campus.
Took obligatory photos with my degree in front of QMU.
And was cute with Otto on the deck by the pond.
I also had to pay one last visit to the outdoor gym that Fatou and I've been using during our 10 mins study breaks. If this was a broom instead of a crosstrainer I'd be the most Harry Pottery person after Harry Potter himself.
And my whole family joined in.
Then I put on some more lipstick, took the train into town with my little Swedish contingent, and met up with Fatou's family at Las Iguanas for some Latin American food.
Oh, and I also met this cute little sausage dog. Best day ever.