Top 13 Graduation Day Spoilers

Your graduation day will see you bathed in compliments. And memories. And emotions.

I don’t intend to be dismissive, yet I will. To many of us, graduations are overrated.

Although not a fan myself, I did it as a final hazing on the threshold of adulthood.

…But what could actually get you down in the dumps on the day?

1. You will quickly realise that the gown – which you had to pay to rent – is pretty freaking heavy.

2. But it will make you feel royal; and you will still pretend to be Harry Potter. Because you are a poser.

3. Student names will be repeatedly mispronounced. It’s like being a Coca-Cola and get called Pepsi. Hope you are not a Juan either…

4. They will wig you out when they say you must hide your cool fringe underneath your mortarboard before you get on the stage. You have to; it’s a ritual. A ritual that never felt so unnecessary – if I could sue them for you, boy, I would.

5. You will shamelessly attempt to throw your mortarboard up in the air (you know, like they do in the movies).  And fail. Successfully. But you won’t abandon your attempts before perfection is achieved.

6. Your mum will probably have a big cry or two, thinking you grew into a savvy, well-behaved adult, equipped with everything needed to save the world. Little. does. she. know.

7. There’s a chance you will get asked by family members who have never been to uni to wear your gown and mortarboard. Well, unless unlike mine, your mum is pretty normal.

8. Weather permitting, there will be some serious photo-drama. Selfies near, next to, in front of – but hopefully not underneath – the Pier. Chances are you will spend ages feasting your eyes on them after graduation though.

9. Everyone wearing extreme high heels will instantly regret it. You are gonna have fun watching people praying to not trip over. Popcorn, anyone?

10. You will see a bunch of fellow students for the very first time…

11. And you will actually realise that this is probably the very last time you will see them.

12. Alas, you will be saddened when you realise that it’s all over now… and might even hear the lyrics of ‘We are young’ reverberating in your head.

13. But you will feel better when you discover you are an official Sussex alum, eligible to a bag of freebies and benefits, including a bottomless supply of sweets promised to fuel your limbs and synapses with sugar.

Truth be told, graduation ceremonies can be kind of inspiring, and you should consider attending yours; after all, getting that bloody degree is the main reason you’ve spent ages in academic institutions, isn’t it?

Although this is important, it’s overall only part of the reason…

Your graduation day will see you bathed in compliments. And memories. And emotions.

See you there.

Maria Andreou has recently graduated having completed a BSc in Psychology. She is from Cyprus.

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