The End of an Era

“Here’s a dramatic title. Bet this is a joke though, right? Right? Come on Ibrahim, you can’t be serious…?”

No joke. This is serious. Very serious indeed…

I have been waiting for this moment to arrive for a very long time. I have lived to tell the tale. It’s amazing how quickly the last three years have passed. From September 2009 to May 2012, those three years at university were full of surprises. It’s difficult to put it all into words, but it has been a truly memorable experience. Today a new month begins, and the final chapter of my life as a university student finally reaches an epic conclusion.

I’m just waiting for my final results now. It’s strange. There isn’t another year of study. I won’t be coming back next year. It’s over. I have completed my degree. Done and dusted. It doesn’t feel right. I’ve been a student for so long and I was used to it. Those days are gone now. They are now a part of history. The time has come to prepare for what lies ahead. It is time to focus on the future. It is an emotional period. What do I feel? Hope, optimism, excitement? During times like these, it’s important to remain patient and positive.

I am so grateful for everyone’s generosity and kindness during my time at university, and I feel it is important that these people are acknowledged accordingly. In no particular order, I would like to give special thanks to Martin Roots, Paul Christie, Robert Waixel, Adrian Winckles, Chris Holmes, Jane Bousfield and all other members of staff for their fantastic support. I cannot thank you enough.

My family have helped so much and I am incredibly thankful for their love and support. They have always pushed me to do well, to work hard and to never give up. Thank you for everything. I love you all so much.

As one door closes, another one must open. Everyone moves on in life and now it’s my turn. The ink is left to dry on the previous chapters of my story.

This is the end of an era.

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