I have completed my post grad studies.

Two years. Two years as a part-time post grad student, working and studying at the same time. For two years I hunkered down, bit the bullet and made the arduous journey of completing my studies and finally getting my Master’s degree from NUS.

Two long years. Sacrifices were made, Something had to give. Now that I have completed it, I have time (again) for leisurely pursuits. Netflix, reading, travel. Especially travel. I am now ready to see the world once more. For too long I felt caged up and confined, unable to find time to travel and experience new things. I has been really hard, juggling work and school at the same time. And the lack of time to travel has been one of the many sacrifices I made so that I can graduate on time.

And graduate I did. Yesterday was the day I officially completed my studies. I did my thesis presentation, the final push before officially ending school. The presentation went smoothly and there were lots of emotions running through after all my classmates presented their projects yesterday as well.

For me I was really glad that this is all over. Looking back, time really flies. Two years come and gone. I am happy to have walked this journey and to reach my destination after all this time. And I did not walk alone. My classmates were there with me along for the ride. My classmates were we have become good friends, despite not seeing each other on a daily basis. Now that we have all reached the end, I can safely say that there is a tinge of sadness to say goodbye.

Of course, we will still see each other during the convocation sometime in June next year. But after that, we will go our own separate ways, our time spent together during classes are no more.

For now, I just want to indulge myself during the weekend. Binge on Netflix, catch up on the shows that I have always wanted to watch, trim down my ‘to watch’ list on Netflix. I also want to catch up on my reading. There are far too many books in my list to clear and it will definitely take time to clear them all. But now that I have time, no doubt I will devour most of them before the year is up and hopefully meet my reading target that I have set up on Goodreads.

And travel. Yes, travel and see the world. Yogjakarta in December, New York City in March, Morocco in April. Who know where I will travel next in the second half of 2019.

I am going to fully enjoy my weekends. My first weekend without having to worry about school work, outstanding video lectures, writing assignments, deadlines and time spent doing research for my assignments.

This weekend will be me and either the TV or the books.

That is what I am going to do.

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Convocation

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31st of July was the day of my convocation. After 4 years of study in NTU, I finally get to graduate. And graduate with a second class upper division. I am truly happy right now. I not only achieved my goals I set out at the beginning of school when I first started out in NTU, but also managed to have a meaningful and fulfilling experience as well. Truly, tertiary experience is one of the most exciting and memorable life experiences I could ever have in my life. I am truly grateful for all the good things that have  happened to me. I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to live out the life full of wonder, satisfaction and amazement. The friends I have made are some of the most interesting and truly inspiring groups of people I have ever met. I am truly honoured and humbled to be friends with them. I will never forget them. Ever.

I posted this on Facebook on the day of my convocation and have since gotten a resounding round of approval from my peers;

This is it. Today is the day. Today is the day I officially graduate with a degree. The closing of another chapter. Tomorrow, a new chapter begins. A blank slate. How I write this chapter is completely up to me.

It has been a long road to reach where I am right now. It began with a single step. But the journey doesn’t end here. I will have to take that first step again to reach my goals. A new road. The road to happiness and success is a long one. I will be lost. I will encounter roadblocks. I will need to make u-turns along the way. If there is one thing I have learnt about making such journeys, is that it is never a straight path. One thing is for certain; never stop walking. No matter how long I take, so long as I don’t stop, I will reach my destination, eventually.

The people that I have known, my family, my friends, and the people that I will meet in the future, they are there to show me the way. But it is I who will have to make the effort to walk the road to happiness and success. And I will never stop walking till I find my own.

As for this journey today? I have reached my destination. I have found my own happiness and success.