Wednesday, March 14, 2012

29 weeks and a uni graduation

i am officially a university graduate.

i was not a good school student. i never did my homework, often had afternoon detentions for not handing in assignments, never studied for tests and talked through class. 

recently timmy and i cleaned out our filling cabinet. before this 'clean out' we would joke about how we could find important documents in there - car stuff could be found under "c" for car, "f" for forrester, "r" for red car, "p" for papers, "m" for money pit etc and so forth. we didn't actually have any files at all, everything was just shoved in. anyway, we found my old school reports in there (filed under "f" for filing cabinet) they all said lovely things about me with quite a few "buts" when they got to the school work bit. 

my best marks were always in art and music because that's what i was interested in. i was never, ever, ever going to go to uni. i was going to work and travel and become a florist. i got a whopping UAI (university admission index - a number between 25 and 100) of 54.12. yep. that meant that even if i did want to go to uni there was no way i could do it like everyone else. i didn't care though because uni was nowhere in my plans.

as soon as i finished school i started working at a call centre to save for a backpacking trip around europe. i worked for half a year and then travelled for 4 and a bit months with a good friend. the trip was amazing - everything i could have dreamed and more.

when i got home things had changed for me. i wanted to study art. i had always loved art and had some ability that i wanted to explore. i couldn't go straight to uni (and still didn't really want to) so i went to tafe (college) and did a diploma of fine arts. my love of printmaking was born there. from the end of that course i still wanted more and with the tertiary study i had completely was now eligible to apply for uni. i was still completely shocked when i got in.

throw in a year missionary service in canada, a wedding, multiple house moves and a pregnancy and here we are. graduated.

i was so touched that my mum and dad could come. the ceremony was dead boring. like, i actually fell asleep. but holding that piece of paper, seeing my husband and parents faces full of pride felt real good. i actually did it.

my mum graduated with her teaching degree when she was pregnant with me. if you look really close you can kinda see a belly hiding behind those robes. 

my older brothers and sisters (plus a family friend - the girl on the end) watched my mum get her degree. 

life is for learning i tell ya.
wearing american apparel chiffon secretary blouse, long accordion pleat-skirt in creme, bobby leather lace-up shoe in royal blue

watch this space later today for the announcement of the kinfolk giveaway winnner!


  1. you look lovely! congratulations! it's nice to see your family as well.

  2. oh my gaaaaaaawwwwwwsssshhhhh!!!! i love these and i love how you also included the graduation photos of your mum!

  3. Kesh! Tim! What! I dont know why but this post is just so awesome. Life is a funny thing, in so many ways. Travelling, floristry (that was my plan too), everything!! & I looove that you're sitting in your Mum's tummy when she graduated too.
    also my sister got 36 for UAI. at least it wasnt a mystery mark....
    Yeah anyway, this is awesome beyond words!!, I'm not even going to try.
    P.S you look extra pretty and you're going to have to teach me the trick to barrel curling because I am hopeless!!!!!!

    1. oh those mystery marks! haha.

      the hair took me all of 10 mins. hot rollers is the key i tell you. put them in, leave them til they're cold and take them out. that is the secret. add a little hairspray too :)

  4. Congratulations! That must be such a great feeling. Also, you are gorgeous and I love the photos of your mum. So sweet.

  5. Life, it goes in circles. Congratulations - you look beautiful. I love the look of womanly solidarity and delight on the faces of the female academics as you and your glorious belly walk across the stage.

  6. Super proud of you, my baby:) Love, love you.

  7. congratulations! you look so pretty and I love your hair! :) and it's so cute that your mom graduated when she was pregnant with you. family tradition? ;)

  8. You have given me hope through these dark days of senior papers! You look wonderful, so happy and relaxed! Can't wait to see (and meet) your bub!

  9. Ah, congratulations Kesh! The ceremony is so boring, right?! Looking lovely in your gown though, with that lovely round belly poking out. Nearly 30 weeks, eeekk!! Xx

    1. so, so boring!!!!

      thank you so much. i know 30 weeks is only a couple of days away! then i am really, really going to be a mum soon. xx

  10. One of the proudest days of my life! Remembering your high school years I almost had to be at your uni graduation to believe it!!
    But, you worked hard, travelled for hours to get there and certainly deserved the glory of graduation. You are sweet, kind and very talented And, you are going to be an awesome mummy. Love you tons, sweetie.

  11. special day captured so beautifully.

    Congrats, you should be proud! x

  12. you are the most beautiful blue shoed graduate i've ever seen. I feel like I graduated in that same room...except i didn't... i went to uts and i wore JEANS to my graduation!? the worst fashion blunder EVER. they were boot cut. WHAT WAS I THINKINGGGGG? anyways, i digress.

    congratulations to you!

    1. i think all graduation rooms have to look the same. boring and old, not in a good way.

      there was a lady in jeans who graduated. i thought "what a rebel!" jeans! haha. xx

  13. P.S - love that your Mum was pregnant with you when she graduated... and that you were also pregnant!

    P.P.S - your HAIR! Did you do it yourself? It's ah-mazing! x

    1. i did indeed do my own hair. so rare does this happen, only on special occasions i promise.

      hot rollers and a bit of hair spray. the perfect lazy hair. xx

  14. Congratulations ! You're glowing x

  15. Congratulations!! Did you have a degree show? I would love to see some of your work! I did fine art; Painting at uni. Degree show are STRESSFUL! - especially when you decide to go camping the weekend before! ehem! WELL DONE! xxxxxx

  16. thanks so much.

    i didn't go in my show unfortunately. i was out of sync with my semesters so i wasn't in the right class when it was on. kinda glad though. i hear stress levels go through the roof!

    might put some pics up of some of my stuff soon. i miss art!!

  17. congratulations kesh!
    look forward to seeing some of your work :)

  18. Congratulations!

    You must post some pictures of your work, I'd love to see : )

  19. congratulations! it's so neat when people find what really interests them & that gives them motivation for school. my younger brother had a very similar experience.

    you look beautiful!

  20. congrats! :) you look lovely. ;)

  21. it's definitely your year. congratulations and you so beautiful.

  22. i've been a silent reader of your little blog here, however felt compelled to say congratulations ... oh and to admire those lovely blue shoes! :)
    cheerio, ms.pea

  23. Congratulations beautiful one x

  24. Really love this post Kesh. Life if or learning, 100% with you on that one - every single day. LOVE the photo of your Mum graduating... the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...xx

  25. Congratulations on graduating! Just found your blog & loving your maternity series - pregnancy totally suits you; you look amazing. :) x

  26. YAY you graduated!! And as always looking lovely :) thats Sammy there isn't it hehe, all so young xx

  27. Congrats!! That's amazing that your mum graduated while she was expecting you & you have done the same. wow.

  28. this is a beautiful story and i am very happy for you. congratulations!

  29. hi! I just discovered both you and Tim - and I loved you both immediately! A massive congratulations to you on graduating, it's an awesome feeling, but I'm 100% with you on the boring ceremony part!! Mine went for hours, but at least I was sitting next to a friend. Also, I'm so excited for you both about having your first bub and I can't wait to read more =) xx Lecinda

  30. hello (via claire at one claire day) congratulations on your graduation. You must be so proud...well done!

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  32. what an exciting time for you! And what great endearing pictures, and an amazing fun story about your mom being pregnant with YOU when she graduated, how often does that happen!? NEAT

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