A positive step forward in life…

October 17, 2008

Me in my graduation gear, just before my graduation ceremonyTonight was the night I have spent the last 4.5 years of my academic life waiting for. It was also the reason I could not extend my stay in the USA. After 4.5 years of university, sleepless nights of study, research assignments that at times seemed endless, the stress and panic of examination periods, switching from three different university courses and finally finding something I enjoyed learning and could see myself developing a career in, it was my time to graduate from La Trobe University.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Management. I have hopes to pursue the marketing side of my degree more so over the management side; but who knows, a few years from now, I may need to put my management studies to good use. For now, though, I will concentrate on finding a full-time job with relevance to my degree.

Since I was graduating mid-year, the graduating class was not as large compared to that of the end of year graduating class. The ceremony was held on campus. It was located in a hall I had sat several final examinations at. Instead of the long, nerve-wracking rows of tables and seats that I was use to seeing in there for exams set-up, the hall had been transformed to a more formal gathering place. The stage looked great.

My parents accompanied me to my graduation ceremony. Looking at them, I could tell they were so happy to be there. At that one moment, I knew they were extremely proud of me. I was proud of me too. I mean, I had worked hard and put in the effort, so this was the perfect culmination of the last 4.5 years of my academic life.

Me looking extremely happy with my degree after graduating


July 14, 2008

I passed my exams! YESSS! I can graduate when I get back from my trip! SO HAPPY and relieved!

Worry-free holiday, here I come!

Ohhhh, just got my travel insurance and my Heathrow airport hotel… mum and dad, if you are reading this, THANK YOU so much D

Finally completely all set. Just gotta pack! Six days to go!


One exam left; forever!!! 27 days to go!!!

June 24, 2008

At the moment I’m reading a Contiki dudes blog from his Euro-trip, it’s awesome; so detailed! It’s getting me so damn excited for my trip!

I’m also studying *sigh* for hopefully what will be the last time… EVER! Had my first exam last Wednesday which I think went OK… and now my last exam is on Thursday! The revision material seems straight forward though, so I hope it ends up that way. I’ll be dreading the day results are released, simply because if I fail one, I can’t go back 2nd semester since I wont be here, which means another semester of university at the beginning on 2009, ugh, the thought alone scares the shit out of me!

27 days to go! TWENTY SEVEN! And in four hours, it will be 26! That’s less than a month! I’ve started taking extended hours at work to pocket more spending money. The Euro and the Pound really bother me, stupid conversion rates! On Friday mum and I are going shopping so I can pick up bits and pieces for the trip; a quick-dry towel, sleeping bag, bikini (she ruined mine in the wash although she wont admit it!), a UK and Euro adaptor, toiletries, medicines, spare batteries and a few clothing items… My list is kinda long, but I really can’t be bothered writing it all out lol.

The other day Mel and I booked our London hotel for the night before our Contiki departure. We are staying with relatives when in London, but we thought we’d get a hotel to make it easier to depart at 6am for our tour. Found a nice one within our budget and a two minute walk from our departure point; wonderful!

Yesterday I also found a nice student airfare flying American Airlines from Tampa to Dallas. Got my university enrollment confirmed through the student universe website and they were able to allow me to purchase the fare! The regular fare cost $244 US and I scored this one for $129; oh, how I will miss student fares! Also purchased my Dallas to Reno airfare, wasn’t as cheap, but the high cost to get to Reno will definitely be made up by the reason for going there D

Just need to purchase my flight from Reno to Los Angeles and find a hotel to stay at in London nearby Heathrow Airport for the night before I fly out to the USA. Since my flight departs at 8:30am, it will be too much of a hassle waking up super early and getting there from the relos house in London, so this makes it easier for myself. Was pleasantly happy to find out that the hotels by Heathrow Airport are mainly used by business people, and since less business happens on the weekends, the hotels have lowered rates, hooray for flying out to the USA on a Sunday!!!

27 daysssssssssssssssssss! EEEEEEEEE!

Sadness; Frustration; Tiredness; Anticipation – 46 days to go

June 5, 2008

These last couple of days my family and I have all been very upset and saddened by the sudden passing of one of our cats, Kitty. Mum found her moved to the side of the road out the front of our house. She’d been hit by a car and was already gone when we found her ( She is now buried in our back yard. I’m going to miss her sweet, little elegant meows that she rarely ever let out. Her modest posture and sweet little face and how she would always stare at me, almost as though she was plotting attack against us all. I will miss how she’d sit at the dinner table with us at dinner time with her own chair at the head of the table and the rare occasions that she’d actually let me hold her and pat her without having her digging her claws into me. As I type this and think about her, I have tears rolling down my cheeks (

R.I.P. Kitty. We will forever miss you. Thank you for coming into our lives and bringing us Cookie. We will take good care of him for you (


That concludes the sadness part. Onto frustration…

I have my final two exams ever within the next three weeks. I haven’t started exam preparation for either of them yet. I don’t even think I’m in the right mind-set to do so. I’m so sad. I don’t really want to do anything at all. I wish uni was over already. I really need to pass these two exams so I can graduate this semester. End frustration.

Tiredness, self explanatory.

Anticipation – well, thank God I can skip the country in 46 days. Now really is just the perfect time to get away. I’ve decided to start compiling a list of things to do/see in each city (that aren’t included in the tour) we are visiting in Europe and directions to each of them. I will eventually post them on this site and write them out in a journal for myself to take with me. This will allow me to see everything I want to see during out spare time on Contiki and also allow me to fill in the free time that will come as a result of not taking part in all the optional activities. My biggest list, I assume, would be for London, since I have two weeks to do what ever I desire there. I can’t wait!

I had a few spare days of un-planned time in the USA. Given some minor adjustments, I could have allowed for two free weeks. I tried to convince my mum to fly up and meet me there so we could do Las Vegas and another city of her desire in that time. I basically just wanted to spend some time with her seeing the sites, doing a load of shopping and having some girly fun, but I don’t think she will pull through. She always says how nice it would be to come with me yada yada, but when she has the chance, she declines. I would have really liked to have her there with me to show her around. I always go on and on to her about how much I love the USA so it would have been great to be able to have her there with me, but to no avail. Ah well, better luck next time, I guess. Now I have to come up with some genius idea to fill in the spare time because I want to stay there long enough to see Kelly Clarkson in concert ❤

And there you have the ‘anticipation’.