So, been hanging out for the last of my grades to come in to do the big I'm finished study and thank you speech. And now they are in so here goes the speech..........warning this could be long, lol.
After what can only be described as an emotional roller coaster ride, three years of studies for a Bachelor of Exercise Sport Science is finally done.
It has been a crazy three years, so many ups and downs, a whole heap of challenges/obstacles/walls that needed to be faced, moved and climbed to get through it all. Three years with many a day, night and weekend in isolation, secluded from the outside world and sometimes reality, with way too many all nighters to get work completed as there never seemed to be enough hours in the day. Three years of missing out on socialising and hanging with my friends; ok so I socialised a lil, but certainly not as much as I would have liked. There were many a time that the blood pressure and heart rate reached it's max with the workload, stress, and pressure I put on myself to achieve at a high standard as the "C's gets degrees" mentality wasn't for me. Losing my USB with an almost completed assignment on it, only a few days out from the due date, not once but twice; seriously that is not good for your health!!! what items to wear in the prom for tall ladies
Have met a whole lot of new people, have stepped out of the comfort zone, learnt a whole heap of information and developed new skills, have been brain fried, constantly mentally and physically exhausted. Over the time there has been plenty of moments of self-reflection, whether for an assignment or not; doubting, learning, questioning, developing, and growing.
Although a crazy emotional roller coaster ride, the hard work and commitment has all been worth it, it has been incredible time of growth, falling in love all over again with what had just become the norm and daily routine. As well as finding new loves and passions along the way, which opens the pathway for other opportunities. Oh yeah and my grades ROCK, A+ baby!!!! Hard work pays off!!!
As much as I know I secluded myself, I also know I was never alone and couldn't have achieved what I have without so many amazing people in my life.
Firstly to the BESS lecturers and staff at UCOL , thank you for everything, thank you for giving a damn and wanting to see us succeed. Your extra time and knowledge you have been willing to share has been appreciated.
To my classmates, you fellas are a crazy bunch, but can't think of a weirder, I mean better bunch of people to have done this with and I wish you every success in your future endeavours.
To The Fight Shop NZ , ( Stew Chambers ), zenith fitness ( Billy Walker ) and CityFitness ( Daniel Allen ), U-Kinetics Palmerston North , Basketball New Zealand / Basketball Manawatu ( Helen Richardson ) and Kiwi Canoe Polo Inc , Thank you for the opportunity to work for you and with your members allowing me to complete assignments and practicums, special mention to the brave souls that gave up their time to be my guinea pigs Christine, Blair Craven , Jesse Lowndes and Regan Chambers .
A massive thank you to my girls, you know who you are, thank you for the messages, texts, pics and calls, your constant support and words of encouragement, as I have said to you earlier, they all came at the perfect time. More perfect than you will ever know.
To the unlimited friends and family that have always held me accountable and encouraged me in my studies, whether it was asking how it was going, curiosity in what I was doing, understanding when I was tired, for patiently waiting for other things to be completed for you (some of you are still waiting, I know, lol), for questioning me and challenging me throughout the process, thank you; there are way too many of you to name individually, but I hope you all know who you are.
To my mum, there really is no words to describe how amazing you are, you have been a ear to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, with many a words of wisdom and encouragement. Thank you for the many a late night phone calls to listen to my assignments, for reading and assisting with my proofing; when I have been too tired to even know what I have written. Thank you for understanding when I have cut phone calls and visits short as I've been working, and thank you for the lunch dates and letting me vent. Thank you for the relationship we have developed over the last three years, I love you loads. Am gutted I can't share this moment with Dad, but if he were here I hope I have done you both proud.
Regan Chambers , where do I begin? We have definitely had our moments, but I want you to know how awesome you are and how much I love you. You have gone above and beyond at home being an incredible house cleaner and cook, alleviating the little stresses for me, so I can write assignments, complete my hours and study for exams. Thank you for keeping me accountable when I was procrastinating, trying to crack a joke and giving me a laugh or a hug when you knew I needed it and I didn't. You are a pretty great kid and I hope you always remember that hard work pays off.
And lastly to my best friend, Stew Chambers , there really are no more words than what I have already said to you, It certainly has been a bit of a rocky ride, but I can't thank you enough for your constant support, accountability and encouragement. You have been everything and so much more.
I did say this could be long, lol, so if you got this far, you rock.
But some of the important lessons I learnt along the way.....
Never give up on your dreams.
You are never to old to learn and take on what seems to be impossible.
Hard work always pays off, even when it doesn't feel like it.
Success is in your hands and the decisions and commitment you make.
Right, think that's super long enough, I guess I gotta be an adult now and do adulting things, like get a job, or maybe it's more study........