About one month ago I ended my time at university. Five years of blood, sweat and tears culminated in that moment, for I have finally graduated!
The moments at the graduation ceremony were indeed glorious. There were fancy costumes to wear, elaborate rituals to uphold and a Hippocratic oath to read out. Everyone was grinning, laughing, congratulating, hugging & shaking hands. People came with their families, whose parents were so proud and probably happier than their children. But deep down, we all knew that the graduation is just a ceremony, and that the real nail-biter was results day. I’ll spend more time talking about that instead.
I was in a restaurant in downtown Belfast with a few friends having lunch, knowing that it’s results day so we could either celebrate or cry together. It’s 2017 and we’re in the age of push-notifications. A beep on my phone and I got an email titled EXAMINATION RESULTS. Immediately my pulse raced and I quickly fumbled my fingers over to the mobile web browser to log into the university’s student portal. When I found out, I let out a huge sigh of relief. No screaming or cheering, some joy, but mostly relief. It was finally over!
Photo credits: Yi Lin T Photography
So here I am, with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Here’s to a beginning of a dental career that I’m so very excited to embark on. I’m ready to contribute to society.
Dr Fong Wenkai
P.S. I’ve returned home to Malaysia for good! Currently waiting for a government placement. Will soon blog about the process of applying (as of 2017) and my experience with it.