Monday, 29 July 2013

Results are in, and...........


 WOOHOO!!!
 I passed my finals and have been offered my
 BA (Hons) in Humanities with Classical Studies. 

I am absolutely overjoyed and my head is still in the clouds.

I got the results on my iPhone on Saturday when John and I were out having lunch
and all I had to do was press a button to find out - nervous or what.
Needless to say I burst into tears!


We popped in to see our daughter E and her family, where it would have been rude not to take a bottle of Champers, wouldn't it







Everyone in the family were thrilled and the phone hasn't stopped ringing


John took me out for a meal in the evening to celebrate - to a newly opened Bistro Cafe called the Beach Hut - literally right on the beach at Westcliff


Shame the tide was out - but hey you can't have everything!




Before I finish,  I must just tell you - several years ago before I started blogging, I was rooting around in my loft - as you do, and I found these old autograph books from my childhood


and at the time I was really struggling with one particular module - almost at the point of giving up altogether - when I happened to find something my dad had written when I was nine years old. To say this kept me going is no exaggeration - I tore it out and put it into my pin board above my computer for continued motivation.


He was soooooo right of course

Then - I found this my grandad had written at the same time (I think this had been a Christmas present and I was making the most of all my family - there are more, lots)

and this was to become the original inspiration for my Blog title!




The stuff I have in my loft is unbelievable and I dread to think of how we'll shift it if ever we move - but sometimes this stuff has its uses.

Anyway I want to thank everyone who commented on my last post about Working under pressure - and apologise for not replying personally but I took on board what you had to say and realise that I'm not the only one who works better when life is pretty busy.

Well - my graduation is booked, 20th September at the Barbican Centre in London and my Academic gown has been ordered and now I really can get on with my life.

Thanks to you all for listening to my moans and groans over the last couple of years and for the motivation you have given me, it meant a lot.

xx

39 comments:

  1. Congratulations all you hard work has paid off, I bet you can't wait for your graduation. xx

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    1. Thanks Tracy, yes can't wait now x

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  2. Congratulations such wonderful news so pleased you passed your finals all the hard work and hours you put in to it. A great location for a celebration meal! I loved the comments in your autograph book they made me smile. The comments are so wise and true!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I'm so pleased. I've certainly had a laugh looking at some of my schoolfriends' comments x

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  3. Yay!!! That's fantastic, Patricia. Many, many congratulations. Definitely an occasion for champagne. :-)

    Your autograph books took me back. Somewhere I have one I was given at much the same age and my parents and grandparents wrote very similar sayings in it. 'If at first' was one of my mother's great encouragers.

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    1. Thank you Perpetua, such a great feeling x

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  4. Oh Patricia, that's wonderful, congratulations.So sweet that your dad's and granddad's writing meant such a lot for you during your studies.. Well done...
    Big Hugs
    Erna x

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    1. Thanks Erna. I just wish my dad knew what an inspiration he was, my mum too x

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  5. That's great news - well done and congratulations! The autograph books are a lovely item to still have from your childhood.

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    1. Thank you Louise. I'm pretty chuffed with myself I'll admit. So glad I saved my old autograph books. Wonder what else I'll find in my loft! x

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  6. Well done, what an amazing achievement! xx

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    1. That's really kind of you Serendipity, thanks x

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  7. Congratulations Patricia. What a wonderful achievement, you must be ecstatic!

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  8. So very pleased for you Patricia!! Those words of wisdom written so many years ago that you found motivational are very touching. Now you can relax and look forward to the degree ceremony in September. (I studied for my degree as a mature student after doing several years of A levels and when I had a young family so I know what it's like to receive the results for your finals. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda, it really is a lovely feeling x

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  9. Well done you. Of course we all knew you would get your degree as you worked so hard for it. I expect you will be signing all your blog posts with - Patricia BA(Hons) now - quite right too.

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    1. Ah thank you Elaine, I'm really over the moon x

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  10. Many congratulations, and well done. It will take time for life to get back to "normal", just enjoy the high that you are experiencing at the moment.
    Joy xx

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    1. Thank you Joy, I'm making the most of this moment x

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  11. Congratulations - such wonderful news! You must feel as if you are floating on air. What lovely inspirational quotes from your old autograph books to spur you on. As you know I also did OU so I know how you felt when you got that news - my graduation ceremony was at Derby:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, I have a lot to thank my dad for even though he didn't know it at the time x

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  12. Well done, well done, well done! Don't worry about being in flitting mode, it will settle eventually.

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    1. Thank you DC and I know that I'll settle down once I get my head out of the clouds! x

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  13. Yay for you! Very well done and many congrats - that is a great achievement indeed and you deserve the praise after all your hard work.
    I still have my old autograph books too - they are so much fun to look through every now and again, aren't they.
    Have a happy week,
    xx

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    1. Oh thanks Gilly, much appreciated. Yes those autograph books have certainly given me a laugh when I see what was written in them all those years ago x

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  14. I'm so happy happy for you that is really great news, all your hard work has payed off.

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    1. Many thanks, I'm pretty happy with myself too x

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  15. Big, big, big congratulations Patricia and very well done. It is one thing doing it whilst young and at university, but quite another doing it as a mature student and motivating yourself at home alone. More credit to you - so pleased for you.
    I am now wondering what happened to all of my old autograph books, everyone had them - and mine had some gorgeous illustrations done by friends..................

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, looking back I don't know how I ever lasted so long but thankfully I did and so so happy. x

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  16. Congratulations to you, Patricia! I am so very, very happy for you! I love how those quotes from your family helped get you through a tough time in your course work. This was such a nice post to wake up to this morning! :-)

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    1. Oh thank you Kristie, that was so nice of you to say and I'm pretty happy too x

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  17. Congratulations Patricia.. I'm really pleased for you :o)

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    1. Many thanks Julie, I really appreciate it x

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS PATRICIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm so excited for you, you are truly my hero as I work on finishing up my bachelors! I'm so excited for you! so so so so happy for you!
    I can't wait to see the pictures of graduation!
    Also, I have to tell you that the old writing that you found "Try Try again", did bring a little lump in my throat, I think I should write some things like this for my grandkids to find...
    Much love to you!
    Tammy

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy, I feel your excitement for me too. My children (38 and 40) are just as proud of their mum as well as my John. I'm the first in my family ie grandparents, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and sisters who has achieved this so even though I say it myself I'm pretty darn proud of myself too. Yes those pieces written in my book are very special indeed. Have a great weekend.
      Patricia x

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  19. Congratulations - I'm delighted to read your news. You have worked SO hard for this! Jx

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  20. Oh, I've just found you, I have been wondering what the results were and I'm soooo pleased for you, a huge CONGRATULATIONS!! Big hug...Suzy x

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  21. Congratulations Patricia, very well done!

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