PS I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Literature. Graduating with Latin honors was a bonus. ><
After four years, I finally graduated from the university. When I was still studying, I thought four years was a long period of time. Now that school’s over, well, I think four years was not enough. I still have so much to learn.
“What are you feeling right now? …Now that you are finally graduating?”
I could not forget that question. An employer from the USC Job fair last March 21, 2015 asked me this question. I could even remember that the employer was an alumni from my high school.
Anyway… So, what did you think was my answer?
No, I was not excited. I really wasn’t. I said I was indifferent. I expected to graduate so I did not feel anything special.
Even when we had the general rehearsal for our commencement rights, I did not feel excited, sad, or any other emotion. It was just so hot. I mean, the weather. 😛
Not until that certain moment when I was waiting in line to claim my certificate and my medal. Gosh, everything flashed back – first year days, crying moments during projects, wonderful teachers and classes. And I was on the verge of crying.
I was not indifferent anymore. During that moment, all kinds of feelings were swirling in me. I had to breathe in and out deeply to keep my poker face on. And also to feel my legs. (Mind you, I was wearing 5-inch heels =.=)
God, I was so nervous. Thankfully, our teacher guide, aside from making sure that our cap and togas looked okay, reassured us with his smile 😉
“DANE VALERIE BAINTO MAGAWAY, Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Literature. MAGNA CUM LAUDE”
That was my cue. I walked down the carpeted floor towards the dean. This is it. I wish my parents could come on stage with me.
“Congratulations,” the Dean said while handing me my certificate and medal. Her bright smile was so infectious.
“Thank you,” I replied with a smile.
After that, my parents slid the medal on me. Picture taking. Picture taking. Hugs. Hugs.
Thankfully, no tears were shed. The ceremony was looooooong but it ended with happiness (evident in the loud cheers of the students).