Class of 2017…Graduation Week…

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It’s only now that I have fully recovered from the hype of graduation week. I can’t believe it’s taken me a whole week!

The days leading up to graduation flew by swiftly. What an incredibly busy period but so much fun too! 🙂 Certainly a most memorable time in my life! I definitely enjoyed this a hundred times more than I did my undergraduate commencement in Brisbane in July 2008.

I was surprised and most honored to receive the Graduate Writing Research Award towards the end of the Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony on May 11. It was for the research project I did in Singapore last summer.

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There were many thoughts and emotions to process during this period. I have so much to say yet am at a loss as to how to express everything in writing, in a single blog post.

So, I have set up three different slideshows and will let the photos do the talking instead. 🙂

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – International student graduation party

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Thursday May 11, 2017 – Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony

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Friday May 12, 2017 – Gallaudet University’s 147th Commencement Ceremony

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The Very End…

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And so I submitted my last and final assignment for the semester via e-mail to my professor at 5:36pm.

Deadlines. Late nights. Burning the midnight oil. Sacrificed weekends. Time crunch.

Today marks the end of all this. For now.

Two Master’s degree certificates waiting to be placed in my hands at the Commencement next week.

Is it true? I’ve finally made it to the finish?!

It feels hardly tangible.

But YES, I did it!

Hooray!! 🙂

Feeling…

As free as a bird.

Euphoric.

Sad, a little.

Bittersweet, to be exact.

Women’s March on Washington 2017

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Today marks a historic moment in America’s history!

People flew from all over the USA to attend the march in Washington to protest against the Trump presidency. There was an estimated turn out of 500,000 REGISTERED voters which is double the expected number. I can’t imagine what the total would be, if it was possible to add those who showed up but did not register. Can’t believe there are protests happening all over the world too!

I felt so inspired watching the different speakers on the big screen and seeing all the different signs that the demonstrators held up. What a positively emotionally charged atmosphere it was – such great energy! And how amazing to see the whole country unite to fight for women’s rights and equality for all!

So grateful for the certified Deaf interpreters on stage who made the event more accessible for Deaf attendees.

The experience was nothing short of incredible.

A day I will certainly live to remember.

So glad to be a part of it all! 🙂

2017…???

 

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So thankful for the opportunity to drive around Florida from 21st to 30th December last year with two friends. What a wonderful time relaxing and switching off from the busyness of life in D.C.!So thankful for the opportunity to drive around Florida from 21st to 30th December last year with two friends. What a wonderful time relaxing and switching off from the busyness of life in D.C.!

Christmas eve and Christmas day were the highlights of my trip. On Christmas eve, I got to catch up with two American friends whom I got to know in Australia – had such a great time chatting away with the Fullers for slightly over 3 hours! I learned recently from their e-mail that they had to pack up their life in Australian and return to the USA suddenly. It came as a real surprise to find that were in Florida at the same time as I was! On Christmas day, my travel mates and I hiked at Everglades National Park in the morning, spent the later part of the afternoon at Miami beach and walked over to the American diner for a dinner feast. 🙂

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Purchased this year planner at Chelsea Market in New York City on 21st November 2016

 

What will 2017 bring?

Graduation in May.

Apart from that, so many unknowns.

But….

How very exciting! 🙂

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Too much to do…

2 analyses.

3 papers.

3 presentations.

Compendium submission.

2 applications.

All must be done by mid-December.

As of today, I am going to say goodbye to Nano Poblano to focus on everything I need to do.

I have enjoyed the past 15 days posting a blog post each day. 🙂

Thank you to those who have liked and commented on my blog posts. I enjoyed reading the blogs of those participating in NaBloPoMo as well. I will continue to read here and there in the next two weeks if time permits me to do so.

I’m sorry to give up the challenge halfway but will be reducing time spent on social media overall so I can finish the semester well.

Ciao!

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