After two years of hard work, the day came. The final day of college. There were times when the end was so far out of my reach, I didn't think I would make it. But I did. And now I have a Diploma in Childhood Practice.
Our final day started off quite manic for some of the girls, who were finishing off work and getting everything signed off. I had had my work signed off the previous day but we had booked lunch at a local restaurant to celebrate so I came in at the usual 9am start time.
Our folders, which started off empty, were bursting with all of our work from the last 9 months. It's actually scary when you look at your folder, filled with reports, assessments, observations and witness testimonies you have poured your heart and soul into. Everything you've given to the course, there to be seen in a bright pink level arch you are struggling to close.
At 12.50pm, I left college for one last time. We walked down to the restaurant for our lunch, feeling quite relieved it was all over.
Our lecturers had a mini graduation for us which was lovely. They'd made up certificates and given us all Little Miss names. I was Little Miss Organised which pretty much sums me up. They also gave us a beautiful framed photo that meant something to us.
The food was delicious. Some of the girls were drinking whilst some of us stayed off it. I had to get the kids and head to the new nursery I'm going to be working in. But most of the girls were heading into town to enjoy a very well deserved night out.
College has been such a rewarding experience for me. Not just because I've gained my certificate in Early Education and Childcare and a Diploma in Childhood Practice; I've met some wonderful people through this journey and learnt a lot more about myself. At first I panicked and thought there would be no way I would get through the two years but I quickly realised that my passion for the job and my ability to be really well organised would see me through.
I'm looking forward to doing my BA in a couple of years. I could have gone to Uni and done it in September but there is also the option to do it whilst working and for my little family, I feel that I need to wait until the kids are a bit older before I start going to Uni in the city centre once a week.
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