On 19th November, I graduated with a degree in English and Literary Studies from the University of Worcester. A few months ago, I didn't even want to go to my ceremony because I was so disappointed with my grades but a quick change of heart made me decide to go ahead and celebrate my achievements.
The most obvious one being I have a degree now. It is something that cannot be taken away from me and I will always have it. Getting an education to this high level is something everyone who achieves it should be proud of. It shows a deeper understanding and dedication to a subject. It also gives a great conversation starter; I'm always being asked what books I'd recommend!
Apart from the obvious, graduation made me realise I was proud of many other non-academic achievements I had attainted whilst being at uni. I've made an amazing group of friends who I know will be friends for life. I've learnt how to manage money. How to write properly and do creative writing to a quality standard. How to cook (sort of). These are things I would have never have achieved had I not been to university.
I'm proud of how far I've come and, after the end of what might be the last of my education, I'm looking forward to the future. I might not have got the grade I want but I still did really well and I'm happy to have been to university.
PS This rather smart photograph of me was by my university's Student Union Photographer, whose work can be found at www.ukevents.tv and does loads of great events - Thanks Paul!