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Victoria - Musings of a Graduate

7th December 2015, a day that will forever stay with me. As I wore the congregation robe on my traditional attire, I couldn’t help but be proud of the lady I have become. Though it was cloudy and it looked gloomy, yet it couldn’t dampen my excitement. I looked back at my achievements, the knowledge gained, the friends and relationships made, and I knew that my time at Northumbria University was worth it. What more, the friends I made were there to celebrate with me which made my day. I was all smiles and filled with energy. I learnt a lot of things from the talks, and I will share one with you and how it relates to me.

The quote by the chancellor, “it is your achievements that will shape your life”. That quote really hit the mark. Right after my undergraduate I kept thinking about what I will do with my life. The answer came right after I received my award, and I knew in order to be an authority in my field I need to go the extra miles, so I applied to Northumbria University because they were the only school as at the time to offer the course I just needed, and they ranked as one of the best in my course of choice.

And I can say I have achieved a lot at Northumbria University. The achievement is not limited to my academic excellence, but also to other areas of my life, which I believe that is what Northumbria University stands for.

Northumbria University is not just a citadel of learning, it is also where as an individual you find yourself. Studying at Northumbria University opened my eyes to the world of opportunities awaiting for me. Through studying, I was able to find out that if I put my mind to anything, I can achieve what I set out to do.

Studying at Northumbria gave me the opportunity to do things for myself, to think critically and to challenge myself into action. I met a lot of amazing talents that by listening to them talk, I felt motivated to do better. I remember vividly a conference by the maximum impact student society (a student society in the student union), where during one of the sessions we were divided into a group of three and was asked to discuss our future goals and plans, I thought I had it all figured out, but listening to the other two group members talk, I realized I still have a long way to go.

By the end of my postgraduate study I was already certain of my next point of action. And I did not hesitate to pursue it. Life is for the taken, and I am ready to take it up, and you too can take up the world, if you dare to step out and do what it takes.


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