On Tuesday 19th July 2016 I attended my graduation ceremony, which I had had been eagerly anticipating for a very long time.  After receiving my results at the beginning of the July, I couldn't wait.

As of this month I have officially graduated from the University of Leeds with a 2:1 in Politics and Sociology! Hard work definitely pays off!  Also, I was awarded the Widening Participation Award!

I arrived on campus to get my gown then I met my parents outside Parkinson Steps (they had come up from London by train for the day.)  The day was so hot and sunny, I was absolutely boiling and I was quite overwhelmed but excited because I couldn't believe that the day I spent years dreaming about finally came true.

Eventually we entered The Great Hall, and while I was waiting for the ceremony to start I was in tears - happy tears!  I was so excited and so nervous, I couldn't quite believe it.  Without dwelling on the formalities of the event I eventually went up to receive my certificate and I was so happy.  Later on, once the ceremony had finished my parents and I went to the Terrace where the School of Sociology has organised free drinks for us.  Throughout the day I managed to catch up with other graduates from my School and I felt so pleased for them, as well as feeling pleased for myself.

I felt euphoric, and the day was lovely.  I still can't believe I have achieved this.  I'm so happy.  The day of the graduation ceremony was one of the best days of my life and I will never forget it.  I'm so glad and so satisfied.  After facing constant adversities throughout my childhood and adolescence, I can finally say that I am here and I made it, and I am living proof that no matter what you've been through in your past, you have every right to achieve your goals and be the best person you can be.

I will always be grateful to the University of Leeds for giving me the opportunity to come here.  I have been able to prove to myself that I have high academic abilities and a natural flair for writing, and that I am capable of doing (almost) anything.  I can achieve what I want because the university has opened me up to a world of possibilities, so I can take many successful routes in life without limitations.

So to the University of Leeds and the lecturers and tutors under School of Sociology, I thank you all and I salute you all!



  1. Awww Congrats girl! This is such a great accomplishment :). I love Politics and Sociology. What are your plans now? Grad school?
    Congrats again girl!

    Nikki O.|

    1. Thank you! I've got a job lined up so I'm going to start working in my chosen career and making money. :)

  2. Congrats sis on your graduation:) :) :) :) :)