Tuesday, 11 August 2015

My Graduation & Tips

My Graduation & Tips
Some of you may or may not know that I recently graduated with a BA Hons degree in Advertising & Design at The University of Sunderland. Having spent three years which flew over working the hardest I ever have I was able to come out with a degree at the end of it, hard work really does pay off.

I was finally able to fling my cap in the air such a Harry Potter moment and be proud of what I have achieved. This day was one of the most important days of my life as it closed a few doors as well as opened a lot more! Not entirely sure what my next step is in life but who does know what their next step is, right? At the moment I just want to be able to enjoy the remains of summer before tying knots with the serious, big, wide, scary, nerve-racking world. 

My graduation was definitely one of those days full of different emotions; stress (hair drama!), emotional, relief, excitement, proud and sad in some ways as I am saying goodbye to it all. I really enjoyed my time at university and it is definitely an experience I won't forget.

I decided to share some of my own newly tips I recommend to any upcoming graduates that will make your special day that little bit easier.

1. Bring Safety and Bobby-Pins | I luckily read a blog post beforehand recommending to bring safety pins and I am 1000% glad I did. For your graduation banner and robe to sit on you properly without sliding everywhere you need a pin to secure it into your clothing. Trust me I saw numerous students without any and on photos or going up on stage their gowns were sliding, you want to look top-notch you are paying after all!

2. Ignore The Rule To Wear A Shirt (Ladies!) | I got emails recommending me to wear a shirt or blouse underneath my robe which wasn't something I felt comfortable wearing. I wore a nude off the shoulder dress which I had no problem at all with wearing. Wear something you are comfortable in as long as your robe is able to hook somewhere you'll be fine.

3. Give Your Bag To Your Family | I um'd and ah'd about taking a bag to my graduation as I was baffled as to where I was supposed to put it when I went on stage. I'd recommend giving your bag to someone in your family before you go and sit with the other graduates or if you get the choice put it under your seat. I took my bag with me and was able to put it under my chair as well as take a few snapshots of all my friends before we went on stage.

4. Break Into Shoes, Plan Ahead | This is more towards you ladies who like to titivate yourselves up. I planned my makeup, outfit, hair, tanned my legs and broke into my shoes before the day happened. I didn't want to stress out or find my shoes hurting me so bad I'd be going on stage barefoot. I did have some hair drama but I didn't let it rain on my parade. Just make sure you prepare everything days before.

5. Be Proud And Happy | I have heard stories of someone fainting, falling off the stage or just nervous about the full day. Don't be. It's the last time you will probably see half of the people there so be happy, enjoy it and wear your cap with pride. I was nervous beforehand but soon as I got there I was excited to see everyone I knew graduate. It is a one time opportunity make the most of it.

Congratulations on anyone who's graduated or is going to graduate fairly soon!



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  1. Thanks for the Bobby pins tip! I never would have thought of that. Now I just have to hope I don't forget before next year!

    x
    www.siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com

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    1. I will probably repost about this sometime next year as I have a few student type posts so don't worry!


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  2. I would never have thought to use safety pins before reading this, although it does now seem obvious haha!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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    1. No I was the exact same they don't always tell you and everyone is left to fend for themselves


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  3. Congratulations on graduating! <3 Such an interesting post. I'm graduating next year and I found this very very useful for me! I'll bookmark it hihi! xx

    Cristina, xo // My Cup of Tea

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    1. Thankyou! Oh good luck with your final year and hope this helps for yours!

      Katie ♥

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  4. Great tips! I'm graduating next year, so I'll hopefully remember these!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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    1. Good luck! I will repost this nearer the time next year or create an updated one


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  5. Congratulations on graduating! I am completing my studies at University through 3 years.
    What makes you beautiful

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    1. Thankyou! Oh good luck to you mine was a 3 year course too

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  6. I'm so glad you did this post, I'd have had no idea about safety pins for next year, thank you!! I wouldn't have even thought about my bag either to be honest - I feel like I'm so naive?! But thank you for doing this it's been super helpful.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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    1. I know I don't even think many people know about this as I certainly never. I will probably repost this next year for students graduating

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  7. CONGRATS! I've been dreading my graduation next year but you've made me look forward to it. The safety pins tip is a genius idea!

    Well done on your hard work!
    Amy | Blonde Amy x

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    1. Thanks Amy! Aw don't dread it I think a lot of us girls worry about little things so I am glad this helped you


      Katie ♥

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  8. Great tips...for when I'm 26 hahah I wish I was joking...but honestly they are helpful as I wouldn't have a clue! Congratulations beautiful always worth it in the end xx

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    1. Aw bless you don't worry about it a guy on my course was in his 30s so! And thanks lovely


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  9. Hi Katie! Love your blog, I've just graduated too - come down to the real world with a bit of a bump haha!

    I got your link from the #fblchat and now following you on Bloglovin'! I would love it if you had a look at my blog, I'm at www.belezabyems.com

    Looking forward to your future posts!

    Emily x

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    1. Hi Emily thankyou I already follow your lovely blog too. Oh I know it is so scary isn't it?


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  10. Congratulations on graduating!
    I'm going to have to remember the tip for safety pins next year! x

    Rambling Makeup

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    1. Thanks lovely! I will create another one of these posts or update it next year too!

      Katie ♥

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    1. Thanks Linda it was such a good day but it flew by!


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  12. Firstly, congratulations on your degree sweets!
    This is a really lovely post! Looks like you had a great time too! Minus the hair drama of course >.<
    Love, Maisie ♡

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    1. Thanks Maisie! Oh goodness there will always be something that goes wrong for me honestly!


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  13. Wish I didn't learn the one about the shoes the hard way!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. I am terrible at buying shoes and not wearing them in before I go out so I had to - limping on stage infront of hundreds of people is just a no no


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  14. oooOOOh these are useful! Gonna be coming back to this in July when I graduate (hopefully...) and congrats again on graduating!!!

    Fii | little miss fii

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    1. I should of posted this a lot earlier! Maybe I will redo it for next summer! Thanks lovely


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  15. Congrats on your graduation! Pretty much every girl I know didn't wear a shirt for graduation, I certainly didn't and I opted for a cream dress as I thought the light colour distinguished itself from the gown. Safety pins really were my friend that day and I just had a small clutch that I gave to my family, cause I didn't want to be carrying my bag around :) x
    Charlotte's Road

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    1. Thanks Charlotte. I know every girl I saw was wearing a dress so I have no idea why they recommend shirts for us


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  16. I graduated last month as well, and I had the issue with my banner and robe falling off every 5 minutes! Wish I carried some pins with me lol! Congratulations on graduating, it's a tremendous achievement! :)

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

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    1. Oh no! They were such a pain for me at the beginning but by the end I just gave up also congratulations on graduating lovely!

      Thankyou

      Katie ♥

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  17. I didn't know you went to Sunderland! Me too! I graduated this year from Magazine Journalism. :)

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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    1. Aw really? Such a small world!


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