April 23rd, 2013
So it is over, the coursework, the paper, the practicum, the assignments, the (required) readings, the routine. I woke up a couple weeks ago to find this in my inbox after submitting my big research paper (the one I had trouble finishing):
“Please accept this email as confirmation that Trish Starling has completed all necessary requirements for her MTRP.”
By the time this arrived, I had attended my last class, seen a few tears, but it hadn’t set-in that it was the end of the program. I could barely recognize the end with 40-odd pages of writing my research paper still on the agenda. So I disregarded those “lasts” and got lost in my research paper knowing that until it was finished, the end was still yet to be. To celebrate with champagne before a conclusion seemed, well… irresponsible.
So a few days later when it was all over, written, edited and sent away–the above email seemed like an anti-climactic finish to the last two years. It was a formality, of course. It allowed my classmates and I to take a breath of relief knowing that we are not going to fail our Masters program (woohoo!), but still… anti-climactic at best.
But enough of this negativity! It’s time to celebrate! A few days following the anti-climactic email came a wonderful semi-formal Grad Celebration at Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre where myself and my classmates put on our dancing shoes, our best dresses and suits and joined each other for a celebration much more suited to energy required of the last two years (the same kind of energy required for that run-on sentence!). How wonderful it was to celebrate with a group that has contributed to who I am, through their support, leadership and unending passion towards education. To dance and chat and eat with those people truly signified an end and a new beginning!
This event was something like wedding meets prom – not the extravagant decorative finishing of a wedding, but WAY more fun than prom because:
- I am not an insecure 18 year old.
- I truly enjoy everyone in that room.
- I can dance without feeling awkward (relates to a).
- I won an award.
- I didn’t get ditched by my date two nights before (relates to a)
It was truly a great end to a great program, and a great two years with the people who made it. So, all of you! Get out there and celebrate—feel the power of the party! It’s a wonderful addition to the memories made.
A wonderful thanks to the stars of the video above — this is what a Masters of Teaching looks like at its finest : ) Also, thank you to Sama Hamid and Curtis Wang for making this video available.