It is utterly bizarre to think three years ago I had just moved into halls, when now I am speaking to you as a Photography Graduate…
Graduation day was a whirlwind, although I was hugely excited about it. As the formality of graduating sunk in, I realised it marked the end of my three years here at Plymouth. Sat alongside my peers there emanated a huge sense of pride from us all, as well as our family and friends sat behind us. As each of us went up to collect our degree, there was one thing on everyone’s mind… don’t let me trip!
As the ceremony continued, and speeches went on, I began to reflect on my time here and what I was taking away. Just as I was thinking this, an Honorary Graduate, Brian Webb, made a speech which summed up what I felt I would take away from my degree most. Brian Webb, an award winning graphic designer spoke about ambition, not in money or fame, but ambition in making good work/art. This is something I have learnt at Plymouth: to strive to make good work, and I hope to have this ambition and drive for the rest of my career.
This significant occasion and moment in my life requires reflection. What have I learnt? What have been the highlights of my degree?
Well as mentioned above, ambition and determination to make good work. This is something I have learnt on my degree and from the hard work and art practice of my tutors at Plymouth. All of whom I feel honoured to have studied under. Alongside the obvious learning about photography, I have also learnt self-confidence, to trust my judgement and believe in my own capabilities. The highlights are too great to list. With Plymouth I have been to Amsterdam and Prague, both of which were incredible. From the collaboration module, which I have spoken about before, I have discovered a passion for archives and history that has lead to several exhibitions outside of my degree itself.
Then of course there have been the people I have met, not only my friends, but tutors, other practitioners, and who can forget the people from the South West Image Bank. A big thanks you to Tim Mills, Colette Hobbs and Liz-Ann Vincent-Merry, who have been great.
Lastly, congratulations to all my fellow Graduates and good luck in all your future endeavours.