Saturday, 22 July 2017

Officially Graduated

On Wednesday 19th July 2017, I finally graduated. A Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

I actually did it. 3 years of university completed, already. The time when so fast and now the majority of my educational life is done. I never imagined the day would come if I'm really honest with you. I always knew I would go to university and study but I never knew what I would study. 

I remember when I sat down around 4 years ago to fill out my applications for university and hit a blank when it said "area of study". I think it took days, weeks,  for me to decide what I wanted. There were options; music, graphic design. Who knows what else was going through my mind. Originally music was at the forefront, it's one of my biggest passions but I never wanted to study it as such. Music is something that comes from my soul and I just wanted to write and produce in my own way. 


So how did I get to journalism? Well, it's something that's always been running in the background. I always  been a writer, in any of the forms I could be it. I started being a bit of a presenter during high school and I was the editor of our school yearbook. Those little things that I did added up and I don't know who it was or what was said, but someone gave me the idea that journalism would be good. 

I contemplated it for a while and thought why not. As a journalist, I'd be able to discover the world in a new way and actually be able to give people information that would impact their lives. I'd be able to make somewhat of a difference to a world. I think I realised a lot of this during my time at university, rather than before, and it gave my choice more purpose. 

Going to university was really important to me. It was always my dream of mine to go. I always had ideas of where I wanted to apply, but never knew what I was going to study. When it came to actually choosing, I did my research. Some of my dream places didn't offer journalism, but then I came across City (where I ended up going) and that became my dream. 
I worked hard and made it into City. That was probably one of the greatest moments of my life, actually receiving that confirmation that I was going to my first choice university and would be making my Mum proud. It was always her dream for me to go to university as well. No one in our family has gone before, so for me to have studied and successfully graduated makes me really proud that I could do that not just for myself but for my family. But especially my mum. 

The past three years has taught me a lot about myself. What I can do and achieve, what I want out of life, how hard I have to work to get to where I want to be. But I think most of all it's taught me about my independence and strength. Like everyone else, I had this journey going on with many other things coming at me from all sides and juggling those hurdles along the way showed me that I can get passed it. There were days when I wanted to give up, believe me. Even the commute everyday got to me at times. But pushing through and getting to the other side was more rewarding than giving into the lows. 
The reason I wrote this post is purely for me to reflect on what has happened this week. I've come to a day that I never imagined I'd get to. Life is literally flashing before my eyes without me realising. The last 3 years have gone so quickly and now I have to decide what my next move is. In October, this blog will be 3 years old and I know I haven't been the best blogger of all time, but I hope to work harder on that and take time to do things that I love like blogging and music. 
My outfit: Dress - U By Upeksha Hager (custom) / Shoes - Christian Louboutin
Mum's outfit: Dress - J by Jasper Conran / Shoes - Aldo

Before I stop typing away, I wanted to take a moment to just talk about my outfit for the day. The dress that you can see me wearing above is a custom dress by a wonderful Sri Lankan design, Upeksha Hager. Upeksha is a good friend of my mum's and I've watched her designs be presented a various Sri Lankan fashion weeks. I absolutely love her work, plus my mum and I have worn a few of her pieces before. She designed this piece for me based off of an idea that I gave her and she perfectly executed it. It's a silk like fabric in a gorgeous golden ivory with a few flower appliqu├ęs to the top fold and my favourite addition, pockets. I paired these with my brand new Christian Louboutin Irizas in 100mm. I was so surprised to find them actually comfortable. Louboutin is known for sometimes being uncomfortable, but I found that the Irizas were actually comfortable enough. They are stunning and I will probably try to keep them in pristine condition for as long as I possibly can.  

Now I'm done with my long post. I just wanted to take this moment to say thank you for being here, reading my posts and supporting me through my journey - even if you didn't know it was happening. 

Lots of love, 

Emily xx
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