February 24, 2017

Wearing the Laurel Crown

Today I finally graduated from university!

[PICTURES COMING SOON]

I had a wonderful day and I wasn't expecting that. I expected to be worried, anxious and controlling. I expected the professors not to care about my dissertation and to feel awkward while I explained it.

But thankfully things took a completely different direction.

I wasn't feeling anxious at all. My only worry was the fact that I was almost voiceless (probably because of a flu or something like that) and talking was exhausting because I constantly had to make an effort to speak up.

I had a calm morning at home, I went out to have my hair done and then went back home to do my makeup. After lunch I went to the train station with my parents and we headed to Universit√† Cattolica. Along the way we stopped to pick up my laurel crown (everyone wears one after graduating in Italy) and a bouquet. 

Then we entered my university and had to wait for hours before it was my turn. In the meantime some friends and family members got there and I chatted a bit with them.

When they called my name I entered the room with my friends and family and went to sit in front of the professors committee. They introduced me and my dissertation and then I started talking. I wasnt' feeling anxious at all, I was just happy and proud and couldn't wait for that moment to end because I wanted to spend the rest of the day with my beloved people in the sun (and get something to drink).

I felt happy and proud of myself for how I handled the situation, because I am one who usually panics for the smallest things but today I just felt happy and maybe relieved that my university career was over.

The professors asked me questions about my dissertation (titled: Sing, sing, sing! The translation of songs in Glee through professional subtitles and fansubs) and seemed really interested by the topic, the head of the committee even told me that I had taught her something she didn't knew.

I went out of the room and then got called back in to be officially called 'dottoressa' and be graded 109/110. I shook hands with all the professors and the head of the committee said she was sorry she couldn't give me more than 109 (which is more than enough for me anyway, but hearing her say so made me feel even happier).

As soon as we got out of the room, I lost control over the situation, but I decided not to panic and just let my parents guide me through the rest of the afternoon. They put the crown on my head, gave me flowers, hugged me, and took a million pictures on the main staircase (which looks like it belongs to an ancient museum or to Hogwarts) and in the courtyard.

Afterwards we went to Panini Durini to eat and drink something. I had a juice made of apple, pineapple, grapefruit and strawberries and a slice of apple plumcake. We chatted for a bit and then my parents, brother and relatives went home and I spent the rest of the evening with my best friends and boyfriend. 

At 8 o'clock we went to Risoelatte, a beautiful restaurants in the city centre, and had dinner there. I loved the place, the company and the food.

My friends gave me some presents. My university friends got me a Pandora owl graduate charm and my hometown friends got me a tiny, beautiful Lola and Grace necklace.

After dinner we parted ways and I went home with my boyfriend. Before going to sleep we hung out with some of his friends till late, and we lighted some sky lanterns, Tangled style.

I must say I couldn't be happier of how things went and I'm really impressed and proud of myself, not only for graduating but for being so brave all day long.

Oh, also, before I go: wearing a laurel crown is really satisfying and looks beautiful in pictures. It's also comfy on the head and not heavy at all. I kind of wish I could wear it on a daily basis and pretend I'm a woodland nymph.

Marti xx

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