Graduating from Cambridge University

Graduating from Cambridge University

October 22, 2019 9 By Stanley Isaacs


I will put on the camera and you can just be normal, as though there’s not a camera here. You’re graduating after three years
of lots and lots of study, so how do you feel? Rather stressed, pretty stressed – it’s gonna be a big stressful day
but it’s going to be wonderful. Bit nervous about the whole kneeling and actually collecting it thing because I can foresee myself falling over. You’ve been living here three years…now that’s over, so is there any feelings
around around that as well? Yeah, there was a strange feeling as I
was walking down King’s Parade last night. I was like, this is
the second to last day of this three year process that I’ve undergone, walking down this street every day and that this might be the last time, might be the last time I visit the Sainsbury’s…who knows. So it’s all a bit scary. Saying goodbye to people, who usually
it would just be a casual goodbye, knowing that I might never see them again. How do you feel after exams,
after that dissertation, and coming out the other end and knowing
that you’ve done it and you’re graduating? When I started here, I remember not
just having imposter syndrome, but feeling like I was an
imposter amongst the imposters. That everyone else was actually…they thought they had imposter syndrome but they were actually… they didn’t think that they had imposter syndrome, they thought they actually were terrible but they were actually really, really good and it was imposter syndrome. But I felt in myself, I was actually terrible and I was an imposter amongst the people
who thought they were imposters. But, to then come out and I’ve got such great marks, I’m like ‘No I’m not an imposter –
I deserve to be here and I did it.’ I just think she’s amazing. She’s had quite difficult times – she’s had highs, lows and I cannot begin to express the
absolute happiness I feel for my daughter Amber. I think she’s one of the best people
I’ve had the privilege to spend time with. So there we are. How did you feel when you were
first dropping her off as a Fresher? That is a moment in my life… Can I be really honest what I did? I secretly wrote Amber a letter – (I’m not great at showing emotion) – which I put under her pillow. Amber found it after I’d left
and I think it broke her little heart. I felt as if there was a bereavement. Whilst I was excited and happy for her, on my way home I stopped
at the Bishop’s Stortford services and absolutely broke my heart, partly with joy, but partly I knew that
this was an adventure in Amber’s life. Right, don’t even know how I pin it. Does that…go on a button? Okay, so this is what it’s got to look like. Colour only on the left shoulder…
this is my left shoulder and so only on that shoulder. Then this is what it’s meant to look like at the back. Hello! We’re walking really fast! Yeeey! I got this old thing here! Can you take a picture of
me with my degree?