The Graduation


My life so far has been a case of “tero padhaii siddhayera garna”. At times I felt that education came in the middle of a lot of things that I wanted to do. Whilst my parents viewed education as a catalyst, I couldn’t help but feel as if education was sometimes a barrier. Whatever I asked for, the reply would keep changing between different levels of education. Finish your GCSE (SLC equivalent), finish your A Levels, finish your degree; well I officially finished my degree on July 17 2013 when I wore my graduation gown and walked up the stage to shake the principal’s hand at Queen Mary. It was weird. I kept questioning myself “do I need this ceremony to prove that I’m done? And shake the hand of a principal who knows nothing about my degree or me and who I know nothing about?”. Well, in this age of social media – I guess I did need the ceremony and the photos. Most importantly, it was a day that my parents had probably been waiting for since I started learning the alphabet. We’ve purchased so many photos from the day that we probably need to circulate to our gau in Nepal.

I find myself interacting with a lot of young people in education. Quite a few seem distracted, lacking clarity. It made me feel normal. We complain sometimes, “I wish I wasn’t in uni”. The answer for what we would be doing out of university is not crystal clear either. I always had the urge to take a gap year before I started university, work for few months then volunteer and travel abroad. Maybe I would’ve appreciated education more after the gap. Even though the age of 18 marks the early days of adulthood, I personally feel that age is a little too early to be making those crucial decisions that have the ability to impact how your career shapes. I was a ‘Gifted & Talented’ student during my college years. It was very much expected for me to progress onto university. To be honest, I always had a difficulty with the schooling environment. I felt suffocated with learning within the four walls at times. My little complaints about college were nothing compared to my first year at university. I found it very challenging to read so much of what I felt was ‘irrelevant theories’ from people that died centuries ago. It was like groundhog day, constantly repeating and never ending.

I had plenty to distract myself with. The world of was gaining popularity at an alarming speed during my first year. That was my breath of fresh air, my escape. I gave more of myself to that world. It was a constant battle to pull myself back and push myself forward. I found myself lost a lot of the times. Then again, I did not want to be found either. Few experiences, projects and a much needed reality check brought me back in the zone. Second year of studies progressed into a much exciting and relevant focus on the human geography issues of the present. I finally felt like I was studying the course I picked. Things progressed well, I tried my very best to stick by my new priority list which had education before my family on the ranking. For my parents, I would be their last child to graduate. I just had to.

Being in the social eye, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet so many individuals involved in diverse professions all over the world. I absolutely feel that meeting such personalities has clearly had an impact on me. Every few person I meet, I get inspired by their story and their struggles and it wouldn’t take me long before I start thinking of a new career or maybe a new course. I’m now a graduate in Human Geography and ideally I see myself working in the development sector. Apart from that I would love to be involved in media and the tourism sector. It’s times like these where I wish there was another of me.

I want to try my best to steer away from my ‘too planned’ life. If I jumped straight into the job-hunting bandwagon right now, I’d be a very miserable individual forever wondering how it would’ve been to do what I really want to. It’s my time to say “padhai siddhiyo, aba mero palo ayo”. I am on the bright side, young, full of energy and turning the pages to my new phase.

“Every cloud has a silver lining” 

Lex Limbu
Lex Limbu is a non-resident Nepali blogger based in the UK. YouTube videos is where he started initially followed by blogging. Join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Congratulations on your Graduation Lex. Take you time out to figure what you want to focus on… you are a bag full of talent and I am sure no matter which field you choose to make your career in, you will shine.. Having said that.. you are still young and a long life is ahead of you.. so it doesn’t hurt to take a break! 🙂 Planning too much sort of ruins the fun of life.. G’LUCK!

  2. See this video Bruv… Right time does not have to come after education…. It is when it is… Bill gates would never be where he is now if he had continued at Harvard to finish his education….. Same with Steve Jobs… I am just trying to make a point… Not trying to compare…

  3. Yeah! I’m pretty much confused already and I am just completing my first semester. I totally having the “Do I really need college?” and “I should’ve been allowed to study abroad” moments.
    Anyways, Congratulations, “Big guy”!

  4. Hi Lex. first of all Congrat
    Is it Bachelor or Master?
    @Ujjawal nahh u r wrong dude.
    We need education. No Doubt

  5. Tero sachai ko naam k ho ? Lex. Lex. Sex. Makes. No fucking sense. Tero kapaal herda ta tero naam Tin Tin hunu parne. Sala gulay moi tyo kaapal ta kam se kaam professional bana. Lado mount everest banauna khojeko ho kaapal lai ? Deen ma kati ghanta kharcha garchas kapal ko decoration ma ? Nepali ma, “Napunsak linga” vanthyo. Tai hos tyo. Thukka muji tero mukh ma ta euta dari pani chaina. Sala chaaka.

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