17.7.11

Graduaaaation Day!

On Wednesday, I graduated from UCA Rochester with a degree in Fashion Promotion.

It was very windy, so in most of my photos I'm wrapping my gown round me to stop it and my dress blowing up! You can just about see my dress in the photos of me going to shake Zandra Rhodes' hand! She's the chancellor of UCA, apparently!

The gorgeous Rochester Cathedral:


Plus me:


Plus mum:


Minus mum, plus Alex:


 The dreamy interior... Hogwarts eat your heart out!


Going to shake Zizzle Rhizzle's mit:


Unfortunate expression, but you can see the dress a bit better here! 


Larking about afterwards with Alex and mum, both trying my hat on. Alex doesn't want to attend his graduation (it's all a "sack of shit") so we were taking some pretend graduation photos for him.


Mum has no excuse for modelling the hat besides being a general clown. My "anything for the lolz" attitude definitely comes from this lady!


Not to blow my own horn, but I was unexpectedly featured in the graduation brochure (and mentioned in the 'Student Successes' speech) due to winning that ASOS blogger comp! Uni are a bit behind the times, and seem to be unaware ASOS is old hat now I am a primetime TV scrounger megastar! Jooooke! 


I got a star next to my name because I scraped achieved a first! Haha! 


I haven't been able to reflect properly on the fact I've graduated just yet. I guess I should be feeling emotional or proud or something, but the truth is I'm just consumed with terror about how I'm supposed to support myself without that lovely student loan... 

Once I've found a source of stable income (apparently, my current job ain't it) to cover my £600 a month outgoings (rent/bills/doughnuts), I will be able to look back on my uni years and feel something. Until then, it's frantically refreshing Gorkana and eBaying my possessions all the way. 


PS - I think I have found my soulmate!!

62 comments:

  1. Congratulations on graduating! x

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  2. Congratulations! And well done on getting a first! That's fantastic! I graduated on Wednesday, it still feels slightly surreal, and until I go into my school tomorrow and meet the class I'll be teaching in September, it's not going to feel real! Good luck with the job-hunting, I'm sure you'll be snapped up in no time! Abbie xx

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  3. aaw it looks like such a fun day! you should be really proud of yourself, not just for graduating but for getting a first as well! congratulations, and you look gorgeous as always! xx

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  4. Congratulations. Jude xx @jadlgw

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  5. Congratz
    looks beautiful as do you :)

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  6. Congratulations, a First is amazing! It looks like your Graduation was a lot of fun :) xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  7. Congratulations, that is incredible! You'll go far, and I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  8. That's like the DREAM graduation, can't believe ZR was there and in a fancy pink gown!

    Well done!

    p.s. It didn't hit me that I'd graduated until the September when I realised I wouldn't ever be going back. Boohoo!

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  9. woohoo congrats on graduating with a first!!
    expressed my love over twitter of this video but i will once again. It's made my day hahaah!
    I NEED A CAT BAND!! I've got 3 cats i think i could rummage up an equally amazing band..I'll work on it.

    xx

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  10. Agreed, doughnuts are essential to living ;)
    CONGRATULATIONS! Especially on achieveing a first, thats amazing!
    Looks like a fun day, four years till mine... Ha
    It would be mine

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  11. Hehe, I love how you incorporated doughnuts as part of your monthly expenses :) So happy for you graduating and congrats on the feature!

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  12. Congrats on Graduating! And mega 'well dones' on the first!

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  13. congratulations gem! look very smart here xo


    stilettosandcigarettes

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  14. congrats! you look fab in your gown

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  15. Congratulations on your graduation! Love the outfit! Isn't it fun to get all dressed up? I'm thinking about doing a PhD just so I can get dressed up for a third time!! :)

    Well done, xx

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  16. Massive well done, especially for acheiving a first. Looking slightly more glamorous than I did on Weds. Can't believe you guys get not only a well known chancellor but with PINK hair. ours is super stuffy.

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  17. Congrats! you will find a job in no time, you have loads of things to put on your cv.
    x

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  18. Wow! What a backdrop for your graduations, it is a little Hogwarts-esque. Congratulations on the first, that really is brilliant news and I have no doubt you are going to find a fantastic job,companies would be mental no to take you on.

    Caz x
    www.mystylisms.blogspot.com

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  19. Congrats!! Even though I don't know you personally, as reader of your blog I feel quite proud! Well done :)

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  20. Aw, huge congratulations :)

    Looks like a brilliant day - & the photos will always serve as a reminder of that!

    Try not to worry too much about the future & all that (I know, easier said than done..) - I have every faith that marvellous things will happen for you & it will all work out wonderfully.. I mean, c'mon, all the things you've achieved so far..? Wow.

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  21. congrats on graduating, you look beautiful!
    i love graduating events, they're so fun pahaha!
    Krissy xoxo

    www.swallowmyfashion.blogspot.com

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  22. congratulations! i love how you make even a graduation robe look fashionable

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  23. Congrats hun - you looked lovely, and your mum is working the cap!
    LULZZ at the cat video. That girl might be giving you a run for your money cat-wise Gem! x

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  24. Oh Gem, huge congratulations! And a first - you clever clogs! Very snazzy robe too. I like the touch of green. Doesn't Zandra look amazing?!

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  25. Congratulations on getting a first!! It looked like you had such a wonderful time :) x

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  26. Congratulations on graduating! x

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  27. Congrats.. you look lovely :) Haaha and that video you've linked too.. possibly my soulmate too!

    http://lowri-armsaroundamemory.blogspot.com/

    x

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  28. CONGRATS!!! Looking back at this makes me think of my graduation! Such a fun/drunken day/week!! You look stunning and Alex, swit swoo! You nabbed a goon 'un!!

    Pretty sweet chancellor too! ;)
    Burn the Blonde X

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  29. We were in Kent on Friday and spotted loads of students graduating near Rochester Cathedral! Shame it wasn't the same day! Congratulations xxx

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  30. Congratulations! You look lovely and the photos are beautiful! xx

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  31. Congrats! (: I can't wait for that moment to come in my life and it looks like you enjoyed it. Having followed your blog throughout your final year at uni it's nice of you to share the final moments too! (: x

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  32. argh, massive massive well done!! a first is amazing (: and not too shabby, meeting "zizzle rhizzle" (a nickname i'm sure she'd appreciate, aha) xx

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  33. Congratulations Gem! Its such an exciting time, enjoy it! x

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  34. congratulations to you! love the dress you wore under your gown too. well done on getting yourself in to the brochure xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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  35. Well, let us feel proud for you then! I'm sure you'll be just fine, after a obligatory year or so of neurosis/poverty. ; D hehe, that didn't sound very encouraging, but you are smart as a whippet and I know you'll succeed in life!

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  36. congrats dude, we're both FP grads eh. yeah me too, i still have some of my loans left but when it's gone it's gone. where are you looking for work? i'm looking for anything!

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  37. Congratulations :). Its a great feeling once you've graduated, although its sad at the same time.
    I'm sure you'll find a stable income soon :)

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  38. Congrats Gem! Your dress looks very pretty. And how cool that you shook hands with Zandra Rhodes! I don't even know the dud I had to shake hands with...

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  39. Congrats! You look lovely in all the photos and i'm glad you had a good day! x

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  40. Congratulations! You look lovely...I just hope I look half as nice tomorrow :)

    Maria xxx

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  41. you look lush. your boyfriend and mam are jokes. sotry of my life -loan +gorkarna and ebay. X

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  42. It looks like you had a really nice day, your dress is nice too xx

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  43. congratulations!!!! full deserved :D x

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  44. Ahh, congratulations! Least now I know what my robe will be looking like haha - it's not half bad you know :)
    Looks like you enjoyed it, and oh my I keep watching that crazy cat lady every weeks because it just doesn't get old,

    Rosie x

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  45. Congratulations!!!
    This is such a lovely post, congrats on getting a first too! You clever girly!

    I have just realised this... I recognise your full name. Did you used to have blonde hair? I remember you from MySpace from about 3-4 years ago when tempsec had just started, did you buy ice cream/cupcake hairclips from us? I remember almost every single one of my customers, by name and what they've ordered, i'm a freak like that! x

    ps. If i am totally wrong, then i've just utterly embarassed myself, and I'm sorry for the mistake! :/

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  46. Congratulations! is a big step and a relief to finish studies and now just work and do what you like!

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  47. congratulations hun you look absolutely stunning xxx

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  48. Every time I walk past here or the castle in Rochester I feel like i'm at Hogwarts! We should do a Harry Potter themed shoot when I'm back in Kent haha that would actually be amazing lolz

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  49. OMG congrats! you look so lovely too :)
    Haha i have sooo been watching you on super scrimpers!! Best tips ever! lovely post as always
    xxx

    http://laramblesblog.blogspot.com/

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  50. Congrats on the First! You look amazing.

    Georgie
    xx

    http://styleprincessdiaries.blogspot.com

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  51. Congrats on graduating! Man I'm nearly peeing myself after watching that link, thats getting shared on Facebook! :)

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  52. Huge congrats to you, m'lady! You look fab in your gown and mortar board, although I think Alex has the edge...

    Job hunting tip - jobrapido.com is a really good site. It scrapes results from loads of different job sites and lists them in one place for you. You can also sign up to email alerts - really useful! xx

    PS - I graduated FOUR FREAKING YEARS ago and am feeling hideously old right now.

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  53. Congratulatons Gem! You derseve every success that I'm sure you'll get in the big-wide-post-uni-world. I graduated a hundred million years ago (five actually), and spent the first 18months in rubbish jobs before finding one I loved. So it might not come quickly - although I get the feeling it will do for you :) - but it is worth the wait. xx

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  54. congrats! What is it with boys eh? Mine didn't want to go to his graduation either!

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  55. Congrats my dear! That sounds like such a fun course to study. They don't offer anything like that here! Nice hat, hehe :)

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  56. My Mum graduated the day before you :)
    http://styleblog3000.blogspot.com/

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  57. Awh, yay - congrats Gem! You looked gorgeous! (And how beautiful is that church!)

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  58. OI! I heard that! ASOS is 'old hat', eh? We put you where you are today, yeah? < KIDDING

    But as punishment, please check out my very own website Le Blow and pimp it out good and proper to all your adoring fans. Thanks.

    Congrats on being an official clever cloggs...

    ASOS Nat x
    http://www.leblow.co.uk

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