I am a recent graduate. Not THE Graduate, that title belongs to Dustin Hoffman, in a time when graduating University actually meant something, when one was thrown parties and put on display to family and friends for successfully completing university.
I am a long way away from being THE Graduate. I am just one of the 335,000 graduates leaving UK University’s this year, which doesn’t make me sound very special at all, really. In fact, I’d stand out a lot more if I didn’t have a degree.
I should point out that I don’t even technically have a degree yet, my results come out tomorrow, or today, it depends when you’re reading this. But when they do come out, I’m not going to feel any more special. I’m not going to suddenly feel like I’m a cut above the rest. I’m still going to feel like I’m one in 300,000.
And that’s when I’ll start to act like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. You know that scene at the graduation party? Where friends and relatives are surrounding the young Benjamin Braddock, shaking his hand and demanding to know what he’s going to do next? And all he can say is ‘I was just going to go upstairs for a minute’? And all he can do is panic and try to run away?
That’s me now, and that’s me after I get my results on Friday July 8, 2011. Completely lost and scared witless.
Hopefully, this blog is going to be about me conquering those feelings, and becoming more than just another graduate.