Saying Goodbye | part one

November has been a month of goodbyes. 

(Photographer: Suni Sun)

On the 5th of November, I sat my last exam at university ever. This day was monumental because it not only marked the end of university, but seventeen years of formal education. Seventeen years. That's 80 percent of my entire life spent learning, and it's all coming to an end! It feels bittersweet, but I'm also so excited (and also a little bit scared) of what is to come in the future. Saying goodbye to something means saying hello to new beginnings, and I can't wait for my new beginning in 2016! 

My time at the University of Auckland taught me so many things about myself. After four years of studying, I learned in my final year that I study best when I'm writing down pretty notes. After alternating between different study methods — cue cards, typing up notes, reading slides... I found a method that works best for me. It's not just my excuse to splurge on pretty coloured pens; people have different learning styles and I am a visual learner! Unfortunately it took me four years to figure that out. I also learned that no matter how much I try to start assignments and study early, it rarely happens. Over the course of my degrees, I just learnt to perfect my assignments in a shorter time span to get good marks. I was way too proud of myself when I started a research assignment for Psychology the night before it was due and scraped an A-. To be fair, I spent about three hours of that night crying about how much I hated the assignment, and about six hours writing it up so... I think I did a pretty good job. 

Looking back, I also regret a few things. I regret not starting assignments earlier. I regret slacking off in first year and wagging class to eat waffles. I regret not joining enough clubs and going to more events (both social and networking). One thing I don't regret however is the people I have met. I met some of the most important people in my life at university and I am so thankful for that!!! I definitely wouldn't have gotten through university without every single one of you. 

I had a whole heap of fun doing this little photoshoot. I'm not cool enough for a gown and cap yet, so for now I'll just be throwing my exercise books up in the air. Hopefully next year I'll be walking away with two degrees and I'll have photos of myself throwing up a graduation cap!!! 

Two summer schools, four five-paper semesters and thirty six papers later... I'm free. 

Sheena x

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