So, it's been a while, hasn't it? I took an inpromptu absence from this little space, but it was perhaps to be expected, as I focused all my energy on finishing my degree and finally graduating. 

And this Saturday, it all came to an end. I graduated. At last, I can say that I have a degree from the University of Cambridge in Human, Social and Political Sciences, and it feels bloody brilliant. 

The whole day was surreal, to say the least! I couldn't quite believe it had all come to an end, but felt incredibly proud as we all marched off to Senate House in the 30 degree heat (far too hot for the assigned attire), through that beautiful town in our Harry Potter-esque gowns and hoods, ready for one last weird and wonderful Cambridge tradition. As we stood in Senate House and listened to a ceremony spoken in Latin, having no idea what was going on but admiring all the pantomimery of the occasion, I couldn't stop thinking about all of the greats who had followed this same procedure.  ....... , and all of a sudden it dawned on me that I too, was part of this same archaic custom. It was a day of realising and reflecting on just how incredibly blessed I have been to have experienced an institution so heaped in tradition and history. What a privilege to have studied at one of the world's best institutions, being taught by world-class academics, in the most beautiful city. 

There have been SO many ups and downs. My, where do I even begin?! From intermitting, to changing course, to the all nighters and numerous essays, Cambridge has by no means been easy. There have been struggles, it has pushed me and challenged me, and there were definitely moments when I wondered what it was all for. But when I got that degree certificate in my hand at the very end and saw the pride on my parents' faces, I knew it had all been so worth it. 

Despite the struggles, there has been so much that has been overwhelmingly good, too. I've met some of the most incredible people and made friends for life, who have impacted me in ways they'll never even know. I've learnt SO much, I've felt academically challenged and rewarded. But so many important life lessons, too. I've experienced and loved the pompous traditions of such an archaic institution. And I've changed. I've realised just how much I've changed as a person over my years at uni - I barely recognise myself. From the painfully shy girl who could barely look people in the eye, to some sort of state of balance - I feel good. My own personal struggles have been documented widely on this blog, and it feels so great to finally reach a place of calm and peace. It feels weird to say it, as someone usually so wary of change, but I'm actually excited to move on, and see what the future holds. 

I don't want to waffle on too much. I think I will do a more comprehensive post on my Cambridge experience, maybe in the form of a Q&A, as I know Oxbridge is a topic shrouded in a little mystique and taboo, and I'd love to debunk some myths for anyone interested or looking to apply! 

For now though, I just wanted to end of a very cliche and cringeworthy point of reflection, but one I think necessary, particularly if you're in the middle of something you're struggling to complete: you CAN do it - whatever you set your mind to. Sometimes its hard, sometimes it'll take longer than expected, but things always have a way of working themselves out. Keep going, you'll make it in the end, and it's the best feeling when you do. 

Lastly, don't forget to reflect on how far you've come! Appreciate what you have achieved, and take the time to be proud - too often we forget to congratulate ourselves when we fulfil a dream. 

So that's that! The end of a chapter. I'm officially no longer a student (le cry), and I have no idea what is next! I know I'm going to miss Cambridge greatly, but I couldn't have had a better ending to a crazy few years. I'm proud of myself. 

Now that I am effectively unemployed, I will be back very frequently on this platform with lots of new content! Expect Friday Thoughts, reviews, and a hell of a lot of outfits from me - stay tuned!

Until next time, 
Bisous <3


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