Graduating, celebrating, and flying
This post is AWFULLY BELATED HAHAHA. I actually wrote it a long time back, just that I got too lazy to include photos and yeah… if I’m not wrong, I graduated in August…
But anyway, at least I finally got around to including some photos! And here the post is :D Please disregard the time-frame of “Monday” hahaha because “Monday” was sometime in August /laughcry/
Oh and yes, this was written before I flew off to Sydney, hence the title!
Good news, because 6 months after I ended Year 2, I have finally OFFICIALLY graduated from my diploma-plus in Humanitarian Affairs!
The graduation ceremony was held on Monday at the Joyden Hall, Bugis+, which is located on the 7th floor, right beside the Singapore Dance Theatre.
I didn’t even know Bugis+ had an event hall, much less a dance theatre/school! It was pretty cool seeing so many dancers in tutus and walking with pointed toes! You only see such things on TV right? (Alright for me at least.)
And… I was the top student (cough cough) so I had to make a valedictorian speech. I was told that I had to make a speech quite last-minute, and that I had to write the speech even more last-minute, like last Monday. I churned it out in 1.5 hours and sent it over to MR for vetting at 2am :’(
Then I dropped by the MR office to practice on Friday, and come this Monday morning, the day of the graduation, I had to drop by school to rehearse one last time and make final changes before heading straight to Bugis+ for the ceremony!
There was one dry-run before the official program started, but it was a quick and informal run-through and I didn’t feel very jittery. But during the actual ceremony, I had to go up and down stage thrice one after another and by the time I made my way to the podium to do my speech, I was breathless.
The worst thing was that I didn’t even have time to catch my breath (okay I didn’t stop to catch my breath) before launching into my speech. This resulted in me sounding rather high-pitched and breathy for the first three paragraphs hahaha.
After awhile I calmed down (partly because there weren’t a lot of people actually) and managed to finish the rest of the speech rather steadily (in my opinion).
So yes! I was given a MR panda mascot soft toy, a book, a book prize and the “cert”!
It was nice being able to see my diploma-plus classmates again after not seeing them for so long, ever since class ended :) It definitely brought back memories of the practical mission to Vietnam, and of the many lessons spent fooling around.
Time really passed by quickly and we’ve all grown up and moved on… (okay perhaps I might exaggerating slightly) some of us have graduated (okay only one), some of us just finished internship (COUGH ME COUGH), and others are just about to start theirs. We’re all at different points of our schooling lives and well, the graduation provided a rare chance for us to meet up and say hi :’)
So anyway, here are some photos I took off Facebook:
Me making the speech…
The top three students :)
Taken after the ceremony with a couple of my classmates!
Me and my mom!
Me, Joey and Lijun :) Best buds in class<3
That’s all hehehe. It was a good 1.5 years, and I’m glad I had the chance to get to know these wonderful people, and go through exciting experiences, like our Vietnam trip. These memories will forever be in my heart! ^_^
Boy am I glad d-plus is finally over though - no more late Thursdays for me!