M.Sci.


Yesterday was one of the biggest days in my life as I graduated from University with a Masters degree in Physics. After spending the majority of my life in full-time education, I was both ecstatic and sad to have it all over and done with. It’s a really surreal feeling to know that I will probably never sit in another lecture for the rest of my life, but it also marks the opening of a new exciting chapter in my life.

Having never graduated from anything before in my life, this was a completely new (and pretty daunting) experience, and one that was a lot of fun. Can I do it all over again?

The ceremony was set in the university grounds, in the chapel in Founders building, which is one of the prettiest buildings I’ve ever seen.

Royal Holloway Founders building
Royal Holloway Founders building

There was a long wait to collect our gowns and hats so I sat with my parents enjoying their company and soaking up the atmosphere.

Royal Holloway Graduation
Waiting to collect my gown and hat.

I have to wait for the DVD to get any video footage of the graduation ceremony itself, but needless to say after an hour of queuing up, my feet were red raw and I was regretting deciding to wear heels for the event. After freaking myself out beforehand and convincing myself that it was absolutely certain that I would fall or pass out in front of everyone, I was very pleased to survive it without any major setbacks (apart from an extremely thick carpet which made my heels very unsteady!)

Graduated!:

Royal Holloway Graduation
After graduating!

After graduating it was time to move to the drinks reception to take lots and lots of photos and mingle with friends and staff members.

All of the MSci students posing for photos.
All of the MSci physics students together

 

Royal Holloway Graduation
All physics graduates and staff together chucking our hats in the air!
Royal Holloway Graduation
With all the physics girls!
Royal Holloway Graduation
All my physics friends.

After lots of photos and goodbye hugs (with all my friends telling me not to die on my trip!) it was time to leave.

Royal Holloway Graduation
Saying goodbye to Royal Holloway

I enjoyed graduation a lot more than I expected to. Before the day I felt that it was a long, unnecessary hassle, but I had an amazing day and I can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to all my friends and my university.

Overall, it was such a bittersweet day, but now it’s on to the next adventure!

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21 Comments

  1. Lisa @chickybus
    July 15, 2011
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    Congratulations….what a wonderful accomplishment!

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks Lisa! It was a great day :)

  2. Elle
    July 15, 2011
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    Congrats on graduating girlie!

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks Elle! :)

  3. Abhijit
    July 15, 2011
    Reply

    Congratulations! :)

    • Lauren
      July 15, 2011
      Reply

      Thank you Abhijit!! :)

  4. Jaime
    July 16, 2011
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    WOOHOO CONGRATS!!! All the hard work is going to pay off because now you get to see the world!!!

    • Lauren
      July 16, 2011
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      Thanks Jaime! :D I can’t wait!!!!

  5. eGichomo
    July 16, 2011
    Reply

    Congratulations on your Graduation and all the best in your future endeavors.

    • Lauren
      July 17, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks so much! :)

  6. Kieron
    July 16, 2011
    Reply

    Congrats Lauren! Now it’s time to party your ass off in Croatia! :)

    • Lauren
      July 17, 2011
      Reply

      Hell yeah!!

  7. Mina Sameh
    July 18, 2011
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    Congratss!! i know how this feels, freshgraduate too, tho my graduation party and all the hat throwing and stuff is still after 10 days!

    now goodluck and have fun using ur graduation present, a RTW trip ;)

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
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      Such a great present! :D

  8. Megan
    July 18, 2011
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    Congratulations! That’s an amazing achievement :)

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks Megan! :)

  9. Kris Koeller
    July 18, 2011
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    Congratulations. Looks like a beautiful college.

    • Lauren
      July 23, 2011
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      Thanks Kris! I’m going to miss having lectures there for sure.

  10. Lia
    July 27, 2011
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    Hi, I’m a new visitor of your blog! :D Congratulations! I love traveling too! Nice to meet you! Your college is so beautiful!

    • Lauren
      July 27, 2011
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      Awwww thanks Lia! :)

  11. Josh
    August 1, 2011
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    Two things that are awesome. We both have Masters Degrees (Architecture) and my roommate was a physics major before switching to mechanical engineering (and now doing bio-medical engineering!). There were lots of conversations surrounding the craziness that is physics. We should totally have conversations about it. Congrats on graduating and starting your adventure! Looking forward to all the stories :)

    Josh

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