Tuesday, April 15, 2008

made it...


For those of you who stop by here from time to time, you'll have no doubt noticed that I usually try to include an appropriate image with each blog I write. For those of you who are my friends and family members (and yes, maybe even you enemies), you will also know that I've just recently completed all the requirements for my bachelor's degree. I was thinking it would be appropriate to include one of those motivational poster images here, you know the ones that say "Achievement" or "Teamwork" or "Accomplishment" accompanied with a striking image of a mountaintop, or an eagle soaring, or a rowing team on some placid lake at dawn. But then, I came across these "anti-motivational" posters and I couldn't resist. It reminds of that saying about the light at the end of the tunnel, and hoping it's not an oncoming train. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not always this cynical, but I do appreciate a little irony, paradox, and self-deprecating humour from time to time.

So yeah, I'm done. I wrote my last exam on Monday and I feel pretty good about it. At first, I was not sure what to think, and as I exited the building where I had written my last exam, I almost instinctively put in my iPod headphones, in that antisocial way modern students do, but I stopped myself. I thought, is there a song that will do this moment justice? Can I find that right tune that will add to the soundtrack of my life? In truth, my iPod is really the wee-est of the bunch, the iShuffle, and it has no screen or clickwheel to locate the perfect song. Instead, I closed my eyes, soaked in the warm sunrays, and smiled.

What next? Some rest, some time with friends and family, a summer job hopefully, and then back to the grindstone. Grad School begins in September and this adventure continues. Yes, I am a little masochistic. I am grateful to everyone in my life for their encouragement and support. It has truly been a group effort. Kleco, kleco, and a few Gila Kesla's, Meegwetch's and Huy'ch'qa's too.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Cliff!

Time sure flies by... it seems like yesterday you were starting at UVic. I'm sure it seems like a lot longer than that. I'm handing in a draft of my dissertation today and will share some of your celebratory and relieved feelings for completing a stage in the old maratho of education.

Best wishes to you for a restful and happy summer...

Andrea

Andrea said...

Congratulations Cliff !

I've tried to leave this comment twice not but can't seem to get past the "comment moderator"... hmmm...

Wishing you a blessed and restful summer.

Andrea Kennedy

Rosalie said...

Congratulations on finishing the degree!! Long time no chat, but I am sure you are kicking butt in all that you do :)

Take care,
Rosalie