So the big date has been announced; I am to graduate on the 15th July 2014 at 2.30pm. (HELP!) I will have had over a month off to relax and enjoy not having to come to the library and revise: all of that finishes on the 3rd June.
At that point I will suddenly be another statistic. I say suddenly; it's not sudden in any way. I've been nothing but a statistic for the past 21 years of my life;
- one of the few ginger people in society with no 'ginger gene' in my immediate family,
- one of the lucky girls who attained an education from a private institute,
- one of those A Level students who suddenly had the A* grade to aim for,
- one of the students who faced being forced to take a gap year due to high competition in entering higher education,
- one of those who is in higher education.
So I'm about to be 'one of those who graduated in 2014.' Hopefully, I'll be 'one of those who graduated in 2014 with a 2.1 and got onto the graduate scheme they have an offer for.'
This is the main target for 'Operation Graduation.' It's not a new target by any means. I've always wanted a 2.1 so that dates from 2010 (at least.) The attaining my graduate scheme offer dates to about the 23rd September 2013 when it was offered to me. It's the new bit that is of interest and was decided upon on my recent trip to Paris. It all originates from not knowing what to give up for Lent this year.
Since about 2008 I have given something up without fail and never caved in. It started off just being chocolate, and I gradually made the challenge harder. Chocolate and biscuits; then chocolate, biscuits and tea; then I went all out and gave up bread and wine whilst living in the land of bread and wine. Changing this last year means giving up just chocolate seemed boring and mundane. My friend Sylvie is giving up all things sugar. (She is mental.) Though it did get me thinking and means that this year's Lent is the hardest ever. This year Franchi and I are doing it together. It is termed 'Operation Graduation' for the simple reason that we want to kick start our graduation dress diet prior to exams and the inevitable binging that occurs at such a time.
So here is the list of forbidden foods;
- proper bread (therefore just loaves of bread and baguettes)
- and CHEESE (already regretting this one an enormous amount.)
Cake IS PERMITTED for two reasons; I have about 12 weeks left of Cakeman in my life, and I need some sort of a sweet treat whilst I'm stressing out. Not to mention the fact that a life without cake is one not worth living (I also know that when I am home over Easter I will visit my Gran on several occasions to always makes the greatest crunch (flapjack) like ever.)
I'll keep you updated. If I cave on anything (which I hope I won't) it will be cheese. France has killed me regarding cheese - I can't cope without it.