Hello hello! I’m very sleepy after a looooong day. Here’s a picture of what I did today:
And here is a slightly edited version of a comment I just made on Miss Rosemary’s blog about today and the whole Master of Arts experience, because I’m very sleepy and should be in bed (and because it pretty much sums up what I want to say):
Yep, today I did the whole rigmarole of silly gown, silly hat and silly hood-thing, walked across the stage with a hundred other people collecting various other qualifications. And although I finished the course back in September and received my results around November, today did feel like the culmination of that year’s hard work and I felt bloody proud. I’ve got half a novel that received, according to one tutor, the highest grade she’s ever awarded (I was speechless for a while after reading that comment, I can tell you!) and I’ve got a Master of Arts with Distinction, but more importantly, I feel that I have the tools and the support (from coursemates who have become great friends) to actually complete that novel. While I learnt more on my Bachelors (Creative Writing with English Literature), I achieved more on my Masters.
So, yeah, it’s definitely worth it. 🙂 Go for it, and I hope you love it as much as I did.
That photo is of me with two of those lovely people: I’m a lucky girl to find half a dozen people who have become dear friends and excellent writing buddies. I’d like to thank them all – they know who they are.
So this is for them and for anyone else doing a writing course or thinking of doing one (I can only recommend them from my experiences), and for all the people who pursue their passions in life, even when the bank manager (or anyone else) would prefer you took that job as a lawyer: HUZZAH!
Yep, clear blue skies – it was positively torrential when we went into the ceremony, but we came out to glorious, glaring sunshine … maybe the weather Gods were smiling on our success.
And, finally, here’s a pretty photo – the view from our hotel room:
Night, night, all!