Monday, 9 May 2016

A Different Kind of Ending


As I approached the stage at my graduation on Friday,  I began to consider where I might be if I had not undertaken this degree. In fact, there was a chance that I might not have gone to University at all, as I am the first person in my family to gain a degree and one of only a handful from my old primary school.  Although I like to think I would have found a job that I would enjoy, it would be such a shame to let my dream of teaching go simply because I was not brave enough to enroll in tertiary study.



It felt a little surreal returning to the University of Auckland city campus on Friday to graduate. I know that at other universities graduation is held at the end of the year, yet mine was held after I had finished my first term as a teacher. Although the celebration felt a little belated,  I really enjoyed catching up with my old classmates and I had a wonderful day.


The highlight of my Graduation was when I went to dinner with my family as we discussed my time in the classroom and what I had accomplished since gaining my degree. My Dad ended up creating a cake for my learners so that they could celebrate my success alongside me. They enjoyed hearing about my ceremony and particularly liked the cake which didn't last long at all!


I am so excited to see what I will accomplish next with this degree and my current postgraduate study. Although studying part time while teaching is difficult now, I can see how much it will pay off in the long run.

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your graduation Danni and that cake looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you Amy, I think our students have left you a piece!

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  2. Congratulations Danni, have enjoyed seeing all the photo's and celebrations over the past few days. Wonderful to be able to share this experience with your whānau, friends and learners.

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    1. Thank you Fiona! It's been great celebrating.

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  3. Congrats Danni! Wasn't it an awesome day, you looked great. I'm sure all involved were proud of you. Bring on the next one!

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    1. Thanks Georgia! You looked gorgeous, I hope your ceremony went well :)

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  4. Congratulations Danni, it was great to have shared the ceremony with yourself and the others. It looked like you had an amazing day! Such a nice gesture of your Dad making a cake for your kids also!

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    1. It was Heath, it was wonderful seeing you all there!

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  5. Congrats Danni! Did you hear me cheering for you when you were up there!? Well done, and yes, the part-time study while working will be worth it.

    Stef

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    1. Yeah! I was cheering for all of you guys, but not sure if you could hear me from the back! It was great seeing you all graduate.

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  6. I love reading about the firsts you have experienced for your wnanau. And what a cool Dad you have :)

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    1. Thank you Dorothy! It was a great experience and my younger siblings are now following in my footsteps. :)

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