When I was doing my Bachelor’s degree at Keele University I made some amazing friends. Two of my closest friends happened to be international students, Blondie from the Czech Republic and Giggles from Taiwan. For three years I lived with these girls and they became a bit like a substitute family for me, except I can’t remember having many arguments with them: P
When it was time for their graduation (mine was the year after theirs), after three years of hard work, cramming and hand cramps, Blondie had all her family travel down and spend the day celebrating with her. Giggles’ family wasn’t able to come. Now to me graduation is one of those milestones in our lives that you should never miss unless you really can’t avoid it, even if going now you could one day look back at your life and realised that you missed something special. So when Giggles told me there was no point her going to her graduation because no one was going to be there anyway, I spoke up. I told her that this wasn’t something she should miss out on and that I would go and support her, I would go and be her family for the day … and I did!
I never regretted it, even though it meant I had a three hour drive early in the morning (which explains the heavier than usual bags under my eyes) and had to do the same drive back only eight hours later – exhausting! Giggles had a great day and she still remembers it two years later.
After Keele University, Giggles decided to do a Master’s degree at the University of Bristol. This time it was much harder for her (how could it not be? It was a Master’s after all!) and she worked even harder but at the end of it she succeeded! Again though her family couldn’t make it down to see her graduation. So, remembering what happened with her Bachelor’s graduation, she asked me. Let me tell you, I was very flattered! Not only did she ask me to go, but she asked in a way that made it sound like of course I’d say yes. Normally that could be considered rude or presumptuous but I was just plain delighted! If I come across (to my friends) as the type of person that would have no problem just going down to Bristol and miss work to support a friend … then I’m doing something right! And again, of course I went, and again we both had a blast!!
Bristol is beautiful, especially at night. Even though it was raining we couldn’t help but sit down and admire the view.
The hall where the graduation took place was beautiful and full of history:
And here’s the money shot!
Although I do have to say, some of the other family members and friends watching the ceremony were very annoying and somewhat selfish! Like the photo-bomber who decided to put their face in my camera just at the time she was shaking hands and getting her congratulations. People were coming right out of the isles not just blocking other people trying to take photos but sometimes even blocking the actual students from going to where they needed to go.
Oh well, we had lots of fun anyway:
We took hundreds of pictures, filled up both of our camera’s memory cards, and emptied my camera’s battery. We laughed, ate, celebrated and caught up… and it was brilliant 😀 I’ve always thought that if you can have fun and find things beautiful when you’re outside on a cold, wet and windy day, it must have been something special.
Hopefully this is a day that we’ll both remember for a long, long time.
Have you ever done something like this for a friend? I’d really like to read your stories.