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Graduation – External

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I wasn’t very excited for my own graduation. Or at least I expected myself to be far more excited than this.

Though that was the case, I had a lot to be thankful for about this special weekend:

  • My whole family (except one selfish brother) came to celebrate with me.
  • I got to spend quality time with Chris (and even met his parents XD)
  • I looked acceptable by my standards (though a bit unsatisfied with the makeup)
  • Several people from the actuarial division were present and we had opportunity for a group photo
  • My photographer friend Tristan was available and willing to work on a photoshoot checklist that I made
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  • I am not close with this batch of graduates (neither with my own), so got to skip the group photos and was off to a head start with the checklist before the venue got very crowded
  • Almost every item on that checklist was checked (Jenny where were you? D:) and a few surprise items happened as well (my mom and Dr. JD’s first meeting, my first pic w/ the oblation statue, etc.)
  • The logistics involving my family went smoothly. Contrary to what I expected, I didn’t get stressed!
  • It didn’t rain! Except for when my close friends and I were already safely celebrating in a restaurant
  • First picture with my video gamer/anime lover friend Lance! And David gave me a creative grad gift 😀
  • I had graduation photos with the PSG team and Dr. JD invited us to her residence for a graduation dinner
  • Update: I didn’t need to pay anything for my grad photos because they only took 7/10

All in all it was a good experience. Hopefully my next graduation ceremonies (hello grad school!) will be at least as nice 😀

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Recognition day

I finally got to attend the annual awarding ceremony for college and university scholars. I probably wouldn’t have been aware of the event if Dr. JD hadn’t invited me to go with her. The thought of earning a CS standing two semesters ago and US standing last semester didn’t even cross my mind until she asked. Yay for opportunity!

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I was going to ask Dr. Guido to accompany me to the stage but he was busy that time, so I asked Dr. JD to come back for me once she was done escorting her children Dx and Xyd. XD I had so much fun sharing anime series and movies with Dy and watching her put up with Chi (/kai/?)’s incessant bickering. XD I’m grateful that they always make me feel welcome.

Thesis it!

I just passed my final submissions. Oh my god I can’t believe it. After one fruitless and one productive semester and 5 thesis topic revisions, I’m finally going to graduate! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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I’m honestly not used to the idea. My very last semester in college is about to end, and there’s something inside me that yearns to be sentimental but I just can’t outwardly express. But I take comfort in knowing that I have minimal regrets. 🙂