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Friday, 16 July 2010

Graduation! (not mine)



A brief interlude in our tales from Greenland. Today, I want to talk about my mum, because it's her graduation.

My mum didn't go to university when she finished school. The years passed, and I can only wonder how often she thought about going back to her studies. Three years ago, she finally left her job and enrolled as an undergraduate student of English Literature and Creative Writing.

It's hard work going back to uni when you've had a substantial period away from that kind of work. You have to re-learn some of your study skills and hone your essay writing. But my mum is a natural student, and an excellent writer, and she was determined to do well. In fact, she was determined to get a first class degree, which would secure her funding for postgraduate study.

I hope she won't mind my sharing one little story. A few weeks ago, after her last exam, my mum phoned me up sounding uncharacteristically dejected. The exam had gone badly - a lot of the things she'd planned to say had never made it from the pen onto the page. I'm sure everyone who's ever taken an exam knows that feeling. She was disappointed in herself, and ready to give up on her dreams of PhD study. I took a deep breath, wondered if I should be offering only sympathy, but instead told her in no uncertain terms to stop being so hard on herself. University exams, I promised, are not marked as strictly as essays written at home. Tutors know that there's a limit on how much you can write in the time limit. I'd already calculated how close she was to a first, based on the marks from previous modules, and it was too close to even contemplate giving up.

I was right.

So as my mum takes to the stage today to collect her first class degree certificate, I hope she knows she has the world's proudest daughter.

And mum...? I told you so.

Some of you already know that my mum is a blogger, too - she writes about her studies and writing, vegan cookery, crafts, gardening, house renovations... all sorts of interesting snippets. I'm sure she would love it if you dropped by to offer your congratulations.


18 comments:

yogurt said...

Big congrats to your mum! Returning to school after years of absence is a huge accomplishment. HUGE.

Emma said...

That's amazing!! Well Done Rachel's Mum!!! Congrats!

LindyLouMac said...

I have great admiration for your Mum and as a fairly recent follower of yours, had no idea she was also a blogger. Will pop over there now.

lakeviewer said...

Congratulations to your Mom! And how wonderful of you to stand by her.

Together We Save said...

Congrats to your mom!! That is awesome!!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Congrats to your mum. I loved featuring her on blog. She's great.
Happy Day!
Mary

L.C.T. said...

Congrats to her! The Photographer graduated with a first class honours degree today too! Exciting :)

ScoMan said...

Congratulations to your mum, both on graduating and on receiving her first class degree certificate!

And yes, I know the feeling of thinking it's all gone horribly wrong only to be pleasantly surprised, I'm sure she was relieved.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Congrats mum! You can easily see where you get your abilities from.=)

Post a photo of the proud grad??

Sarah (Chez Lee) said...

Congratulations to your Mum on her incredible achievement and wishing her all the very best for the future. I've just taken a gander at her blog and she looks and sounds very inspiring. How wonderful for you to have such an amazing Mum and should, indeed, be extremely proud. All the best to you too Rachel x

Deirdre said...

That is so great! I went by. :)

liliannattel said...

Congratulations, and I will got to your mum's blog and say the same there!!

Mama Hen said...

Congratulations to your mom! What an amazing accomplishment! It is not easy returning to school! Yippey for your mom! Hope all is well Rachel!

Mama Hen

smilla4blogs said...

Inspiring and I will definitely stop by her blog!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

That's awesome and inspirational! Congratulations to your mom!

Ginny Marie said...

Your mum is amazing! What a great outcome!

christine said...

Thank you, sweetheart, for the glowing praise - and for "telling me so"!!! and for , metaphorically, holding my hand over the phone - it made a difference:-)

There are now photos up on my blog:-) Love you xx

malia said...

congrats to your mum--
what an inspiration!

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