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Commencement
June 12, 2016


Yesterday, I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS). Today, my boyfriend graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. After years of hard work, we finally made it!

The graduation ceremony was an amazing experience. The best part was when the department chair had me carry the huge CIS banner from the back road to the stage. It seemed like the person with the highest GPA didn’t check-in so they went for the next highest, which somehow turned out to be me. Carrying the banner was a great honor because I was leading the department to our seating area. I gave the banner the nickname of, mother fucking spear of doom. I wore 3 sashes, 2 honor cords, and a floral-decorated graduation cap.

Now that I’m done with college, the next chapter in life awaits. Pursuing a master’s degree is on my plan within the next five years. For now, I’m still working as IT and will soon dip my feet into the information security industry.

Here are some tips I can pass off to other current or upcoming college students. I’m no expert in adulting, but these tips helped me out along the way~

  • Others feel like ditching class too, don’t actually do it unless you’re absolutely willing to accept the consequences!
  • Utilize a planner whether you’re jotting down your schedule or referring back to it.
  • Actually work for your grade, don’t expect an “A” to be handed freely.
  • Failure whether it’s on a task, assignment, test, project, or class is okay to an extent. Get back up and do something to solve the problem.
  • Appreciate and utilize what the school has to offer. Nature is beautiful.
  • Get involved. At least going to meetings can lead to different things and spark something bright (to come).
  • Networking is important! Who you know might help you connect with a job prospect or something.
  • Enjoy and reward yourself. Best self-esteem booster.

21 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ June 12, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    GO YOU FOR CARRYING THAT MOFO OF A SPEAR OF DOOM! 😀 That is an appropriate nickname! HAHA! Seriously, though, that’s a wonderful honour and you deserve to do so! Weird that the highest GPA individual didn’t check-in. Did they show up at all?

    I’m so happy for you, Nancy! You’ve clearly worked hard to get where you are. I also agree with all the adulting advices you gave. An A is definitely not a handout, and it’s given out only to those who make the effort. I cannot fathom why people would ditch their classes on a regular basis; I paid for my own tuition for the most part, so by skipping classes it’d mean I’m throwing away my own money! So skipping was never an option for me except for the very few rare cases — in my case it was illness or because of the release of the last HP book *coughcough*. But I can count on about one hand the number of time I skipped in my four and a half year of uni.

    Anyway, congratulations to you and the boyfriend! It’s great that you guys had a great commencement!

    • Nancy ☆ June 19, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      I don’t know what happened to that individual or who he is even XD. Thanks, Tara ♥! It feels better to know that you worked for an A rather than doing nothing and getting one as well. As long as we have legit reasons and are not making excuses, we are good~

  2. Holly ☆ June 13, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Yay fellow BSc graduates! Congratulations! And it’s pretty amazing that you got to carry the banner. It must have been a proud moment.

    These tips are great! On course there was differently a correlation between grades and attendance. I worked out that, based on the cost per year of my degree, each lecture cost me £200! This was enough motivation to get myself into uni every day!

    • Nancy ☆ June 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Holly! It was exciting carrying the banner! That cost of each lecture is expensive, it’s definitely a big motivator to drag yourself into class. There are some people who never show up or take notes but still ace the class… I wish I knew their secrets!

  3. Michelle ☆ June 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Congrats ^^ I wanna say more but you already know how I feel towards you and your achievements and I couldn’t be prouder of them!

  4. Pauline ☆ June 14, 2016 at 3:17 am

    *throws mini-online digital party with great food and drinks and more food*

    SO proud of you Nancy! I can’t wait to follow you on the next chapter of your life, I’m sure you’re going to be awesome and rock it like you’ve done all your college life. Congrats to your boyfriend too, you must both be so proud of each other! 🙂

    Thank you for these tips, I definitely agree with every single one of them. Especially not skipping classes, it’s amazing how much content is covered in one hour. And as Holly said below, £200 for each lecture does kick me out of bed in the morning.

    • Nancy ☆ June 19, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Pauline ♥! Yes! And sometimes, the professor covers some material that’s not on the textbook @___@. Study hard now, party later XD

  5. Cat ☆ June 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Yay, congrats to both you and your boyfriend on graduating! I’m glad commencement was a great experience, and that’s awesome that you got to carry the banner 😀 I think those are good tips, especially on networking and getting involved. People focus too much on grades and class, but there are other things that help too! Good luck on the next stage of your life!

    • Nancy ☆ June 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Cat ♥! Our department chair emphasize that extracurricular’s matter a lot because it makes you stand out and WOW the employers!

  6. Holland ☆ June 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Congratulations on graduating! I can hardly remember mine and it was only three years ago.

    • Nancy ☆ June 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thank you, Holland ♥ (I replied to the second portion on Twitter)

  7. Kya ☆ June 16, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Congratulations, that is so awesome. 😀 It’s great that you were also able to carry the ‘spear of doom’ ahaha. 😀

    • Nancy ☆ June 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Thank you, Kya ♥

  8. Chynna ☆ June 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Big, big congratulations to both of you for graduating. I am immensely proud – gushing over here, basically.

    So cool that you got to carry the “mother fucking spear of doom”, haha. Awesome tips – there are some things that I definitely wish I did when I was still in college. Alas, it is far too late to dwell on that – I am where I am now because of the decisions I made, and despite some not being the best, I am in a good place.

    Good luck with your new job and pursuing your masters’! I am so so so so happy that I finally got to meet you and when I come back to LA, I will definitely be staying longer 😀

    • Nancy ☆ June 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you, Chynna♥~ I feel the same, but I’m hoping some tips can be passed off to the next college blogger ^__^. It was great to meet you in person! You’re awesome and I really enjoyed hanging out with you. Hope you’ll come back soon so I can take you to more foodie adventures ;).

  9. Amy ☆ June 18, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Congratulations! Wow, you must be so happy to have finished. And to have the second highest grades as well! That’s so amazing! Hope you’re having a great time celebrating, you definitely deserve it.

    I agree with your tips for doing well. You definitely need to put the effort in at uni to do well. I know a few people who were disappointed because they didn’t.

    So happy for you! And you look great in your graduation outfit!

    • Nancy ☆ June 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Amy ♥! We learn upon disappointments and hope to better ourselves from laziness (true story) :).

  10. Rezina ☆ June 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Congrats on graduating!! That’s awesome that you got to carry the banner and finding out you have the second highest GPA is always a nice surprise.

    • Nancy ☆ June 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Rezina ♥~~

  11. Thao ☆ June 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    HOLY COW! THAT IS A HUGE ASS BANNER! What a great way to start off your commencement! That’s also really neat that your school designate it based on GPA. For mine, it was just by random of who wants to do it and it ended up being my friend who was lining up first next to me…

  12. Georgie ☆ June 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Congratulations to you both! 🙂 And wow, for having the honour of carrying the banner, and being the person with the next highest GPA! That is super impressive.

    I commend you on pursuing a masters degree. It is super hard work, but I know you will kick ass. 🙂

    I wish my university had more nature actually. We had a lot of grey buildings and the campus was not really in one area. The buildings were scattered around the city so there really was not any green at all. But I thoroughly agree about skipping classes. I skipped many when I studied and I regretted it because some of my grades were affected. University is something that needs to be taken seriously!

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