Hello everyone! I sincerely apologise for being MIA for so long! I hadn’t been home all year and have been spending all my time with my family since I came back home after my exams ended. Ramadan ended a few days ago and Eid was absolutely wonderful! Quite a bit has happened in the past couple weeks and I am eager to provide you all with an update!
As much as I was put to ease after submitting my dissertation, I was well aware that the thought of waking up to an email from the School of Business office with the title ‘your dissertation results are now available to view on Blackboard’ would give me sleepless nights in the weeks to come. And I was absolutely right! The anxiety is inevitable. And so when the email finally came, I nearly lost my mind. Part of me wanted to let that email remain unread, unopened. The rest of me was very curious. I simply had to know! After all I had worked very hard on it for several months. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the screen flashed a grade of 75. It actually took me an entire minute to let the information I had just witnessed sink in. And if you think a minute is not too long, think again. A minute may seem like a lifetime in such a situation. After I had stopped gawking at the screen, I ran to my family, more like hopped, and literally screamed that I had received a first on my dissertation. It was a special moment.
My exams and other assignments went well too. I also received my degree classification just yesterday. I got a 2:1. I really wanted a first even though I knew, deep down, that I would be getting a 2:1. I was disappointed. It was a bittersweet feeling. I felt like I had let myself down. But then I reminded myself of all the other things I have achieved at this university. My experience has been remarkable and I have learnt so much in the past 4 years. My disappointment was for a fleeting moment. A 2:1 wasn’t bad at all. And everything else that I had achieved carried much more weight and importance in my eyes than my academic achievements. So don’t lose hope if you didn’t receive what you expected for yourself. Make sure that you have done other things to make your time here worthwhile for that is what you and everyone else will remember you most for.
To everyone awaiting their results, I wish you all the very best!