00:16

I just filled in and submitted my first official job application.

It was a scary yet exciting process!

This will, of course, be the first of many before I find a job. I think it is finally dawning on me that I am no longer a full-time student, and I have become full-time unemployed.

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23:13

I was speaking to my cousin recently about my studies and the following phrase came up in conversation:

‘We’re all proud of you.’

This was such a genuine and unexpected surprise, and a lovely one at that. Never have I thought in my 3.5 years of studying that other people would be proud of my achievements and my efforts in education, so it was really encouraging to hear those words.

Usually when I come home for the holidays people will ask me how my studies are going and I will answer simply and succinctly. However when my cousin asked me she delved a little deeper and took interest in my studies, and in my upcoming dissertation.  Having been through the university system herself, she knows the struggles of being a student and the workload that comes with it.

I really appreciate these words from my cousin and I will cherish them when I feel stressed and under pressure.