And now I shall commence!

I still can’t believe that after four years, this day has finally come, but yes! I’ve graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS)!

Coming to NUS has always been a huge dream for me, and one that wasn’t at all easy to achieve. But thankfully, with the love and support of my closest friends and relatives, and with a lot of hard work, I did it! And here I am, a happy NUS graduate with an Honours degree in Social Sciences (Geography)!

In the spirit of reflection and deep gratitude, I’d like to dedicate this post to those who constantly supported me throughout my educational journey. I know without a doubt that I’d be nowhere near where I am right now without these people, and many others, by my side, and I am very, very grateful.

First, to my parents, Ma and Pa, thank you for your constant love and support. Thank you for making sure I receive a world class education, and for making many sacrifices so that I may enjoy fantastic opportunities, like going to Yale Summer School! I appreciate your love and care immensely.

To my very inspiring professors, thank you for your engaging lessons! I don’t think I will ever again be able to take off my ‘geographical lenses’ (or magic eyes).

To the many close friends I’ve made along the way, whether from polytechnic or secondary and primary school even, thanks for your constant encouragement! Some of us have taken very diverging paths in life, but you have never failed to support my (good) decisions and choices, and to remind me that I indeed can achieve my wildest of dreams.

Special thanks also to Isma for the wonderful bouquet! I’ve never received a bunch of flowers this brilliant, they smelled lovely and added a beautiful splash of colour to my living room for a whole week!

Thank you also, Mark, Divya, Francine and Nick for surprising me by coming down on my graduation day! It was wonderful to see you all.

Finally, to the friends I met in university, thank you for walking along this road with me. I can’t imagine what my university life would have been like without you guys as my study buddies and dinner kakis! Thank you for the friendship, and may it continue to grow.

As my time in university comes to a close, I’m both saddened and excited, but more than anything, I’m immensely grateful for these people and life experiences. It’s been a wonderful four years, and I’m happy that I’ll be able to look back on my time in university remember many, many fond memories in my heart.

Thank you, NUS! And now, to commence!

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