I was the very first person in my family to achieve a tertiary qualification, so I felt quite justly proud of myself and was very sorry that my dad was not still with us to share the day...he would have been proud, as he set a lot of store by education...
Sarah looked very happy and proud of herself during the ceremony.
It got me thinking how much things have changed...I had weekly contact with various of my fellow students over the two year period of study, both in Hobart and Launceston as the School of Nursing was based in Launceston in those early days of tertiary qualifications for nurses, (I was hospital-based, as I started my training way back in 1969), but I was excited and keen to add the theoretical knowledge to my practical hands-on experience that I had gained. Sarah, having studied her course entirely on-line, only had her online contact to communicate with her peers...a very different (but highly convenient) study platform. When I think back on all the travelling I had to do, expenses involved in meals and accommodation away from home to attend lectures, baby sitters when Tim was not able to be home when I had work or a lecture, well, I just give thanks for the internet! It may be a tad glitchy and slow at times, but hey! The advantages is just so many ways outstrip the disadvantages every time.
Here are a couple of photos I have been "given permission" to use...(I am just the same with photos of me!)