Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Big Day!

Last two weeks I'd say was my happiest day thus far (waiting on my wedding day and the birth of my first child to outshine this one though :D). So, what happened two weeks ago? By the grace of God, I graduated from the University of Ghana with an MPhil in Communication Studies *whew!* (felt like I'd been waiting forever for that day to come). It wasn't an easy journey at all (total understatement). It was quite a tortuous journey but guess what? I wouldn't trade it in, not for all the tea in China (I always wanted to use an idiomatic expression :D).

Ok, so I believe a brief history leading up to last two weeks would be in order (like I said, brief). My undergraduate degree was in Home Science and in school, I did a couple of internships with diet therapy departments in hospitals and a nutrition unit of a research facility. My national service was even with the diet therapy department of a hospital in Ghana. Obviously, the next logical step would be to train as a dietitian. I should say that I hadn't seriously thought of doing grad school after my 1st degree, matter of fact, I was just too excited to be done with school. The thought of opening a book again just sent shivers up and down my spine. Seriously, reading a textbook wasn't exactly on my list of things to do any time soon *bowing my head in shame*

ummmmmm... so where was I? Yep, it made sense that I'd probably study dietetics in grad school (that's if I decided to go) but during my national service, I had one of those light bulb moments and I honestly couldn't see myself doing what I was doing and loving it for the rest of my life. I did some soul searching and that was when I realised, I love reading (seriously? *raised eyebrow*), writing (ummmm but totally lazy about it) and talking plenty (oh yeah, very true). I should probably add that I sometimes am people sometimes think I'm a smartass and that I thrive on sarcasm (I wonder where they'd get that idea from *incredulous look*). Ok, this brief history is getting kinda long and winding, so let's get to the end.

I thought of stuff I could do that'd involve me doing stuff I loved, and then I had another light bulb moment. Yep, I decided I should definitely do grad school and I should definitely study something communication related so, I got into the School of Communication Studies of UG (long process. I'd say my charming smile and even charming personality got me in) where I specialised in Public Relations and Advertising.

Now that the anything but brief history is over, let's get to the morale of the brief history (yeah, there's actually something to learn from all this).

  • No matter what, never settle.
  • Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, cos you just might find something more interesting and worthwhile.
  • Don't be afraid to take risks especially when you got people discouraging you (you have no idea the number of times I heard "what has Home Science got to do with Communication").
  • Do think outside the box (I always wondered what box people were referring to when they used this phrase. now I got you to wonder too :D)
  • Finally, even if it takes forever, the rainbow does come after the rain.
Now, that said, I'd like to say a huge huge thank you to the Almighty God for bringing me this far, and to everyone that had my back during this journey. My wonderful family for believing in me and seeing what others refused to see, and my lovely friends for understanding when I dint have time to hang out cos of that thesis that took forever to write. And to all those that dint believe in me and tried to discourage me, IN YOUR FACE! (I love you too though. your unbelief egged me on :D)

Yay! I made it *huge smile*

12 comments:

  1. even if it takes forever, the rainbow does come after the rain.<---I`ll hold on to this..Congrats and thanks for sharing..

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  2. Congratulations!!!! Not an easy road to trod but you made it all the way up that stage and claimed your MPhil. Proud of you!

    Now lets put those brains and cute smile to work and rake in the big bucks!
    Any specific organizations/companies you feel could use your talents?

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    1. Thanks ;) but you do know that you not gon see a cent right:D
      Still thinking about that though but for now I'm staying put where I am.

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  3. Hi Dentaa, Thanks for following my blog. And congratulations on your graduation! The best is yet to come girl! Cheers!

    Remiroy

    www.royremi.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Remiroy ;)and thanks for passing by. Hope you stop over again :D

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  4. I really enjoyed this post knowing am back in school studying something in the healthcare, after having a business degree and it's amazing to hear your story. Congratulations, you did it. I love the quote of after the rain comes the rainbow.

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    1. Thanks Destiny :) Will be waiting to see a post when you graduate too.

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  5. Hi,Dentaa that´s very good news.
    Congratulations, I´m very proud knowing ,you´ve make it.
    Keep on pushing Miss Lady.
    And remember, only in the dark you can see the stars.

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  6. Congrats dearie,

    So gh does a national service thingy too? Is it for a year too?

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  7. Thanks Tamie :)
    Yep, we got to do national service here too for a year after tertiary education.

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