October 19, 2018

I can ~finally~ say that I am a graduate! I, me, little old Soph, somehow achieved a 2:1 BSc (hons) in Criminology and Sociology degree. Saying it out loud and even typing it just feels surreal, I honestly cannot believe it.
My plan was never to apply and go to university, it was only in my final year of college I began to think seriously about my future and decided to research courses at the University of Suffolk. I have always been interested in society and crime so Criminology and Sociology really caught my eye. I began researching the course more and as I researched I became more intrigued and filled with excitement. So I submitted my UCAS application and only applied to the university in my town and hoped for the best.

Between applying to university and finishing college, my Grandad fell ill and I missed 2 crucial weeks of college where I was working on improving my grades to get into university. At this point, my Grandad was more important. I promised him that I was going to work hard, get into university and make him proud - that I did. Unfortunately, a week after he fell ill he passed away. I somehow managed to get the grades I needed and was accepted into the University of Suffolk. Now, 3 years later, I have just been awarded a 2:1 (a higher grade than I ~ever~ thought I would finish with). Though I wish my Grandad was here to see how well I've done, I know he would be so proud of me.

These past 3 years have not been the easiest, university was very challenging but at the same time it has helped me to grow as a person. I enjoyed my classes because they really enlightened me and opened my mind up to alternate ways of thinking about various topic and aspects of life. During my first and second year, my grades were average and I was worried that I would finish university with a 2:2 -which isn't a bad grade at all, a degree is a degree at the end of the day, but as an overachiever and someone who puts a lot of pressure on herself, I really wanted to get a 2:1. So, in my final year, I pushed myself and really focused, my grades started to improve and I think the 2 years of essays, assignments and presentations paid off because I finally felt confident in writing essays and presenting (which I'm usually awful at!).

When I woke up at 6am on results day I was nervous (and half asleep) to log in to the portal but there I saw...

I actually had to text my friend and ask her what I had been awarded as I thought Class II meant a 2:2. When she told me it was a 2:1 I didn't originally believe her because as I mentioned, I didn't think I would be able to achieve a 2:1, but I did and I'm beyond proud of myself.

I'm a Graduate!

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