A farewell blog – by Gemma
It’s a strange day when you walk out of somewhere for the last time, particularly when it’s somewhere that you’ve spent a lot of time. Nothing feels different, everything looks as it usually does. There’s just that little voice in your head reminding you that it’s the last time you’ll be leaving that place. The goodbyes feel like the habitual partings at the end of a normal day, except this time there’s the sad dawning that it’s not a flippant goodbye but an actual farewell.
It’s very easy to get comfortable at Warwick. The bubble is a safe cocoon which facilitates working hard, gaining good qualifications and developing those extra skills that enable Warwick graduates to be a tour de force in the real world. It’s easy to see why people don’t want to leave! Yet, inevitably, there comes a day when we are called to take up employment and put all our training to use. This was the situation which I was presented with last week. All the job hunting, applications, interviews and endless musings on potential careers culminated in the offer of a job as a Technical author. Exciting though this new prospect is, it also means leaving behind the academic world I have grown used to. I will certainly miss many things about my time at Warwick so it's one of those occasions which is both happy and sad - another of life's funny contradictions. However, the outside world beckons and I am ready to embrace the challenges of employment armed with the many things I have learnt from my experiences within the bubble.
I am also happily aware that when we leave Warwick, a part of Warwick remains with us. I am reminded of this when our Warwick graduate Ultimate Frisbee team goes to tournaments and earns the remark from our opponents that ‘you guys are SO Warwick’. I’m not entirely sure what it means to be ‘SO Warwick’… but I like to think that it’s a reflection on our daft, yet intellectual camaraderie coupled with a distinct joie de vivre. Anyway, the important thing is that taking up this new position feels less like leaving Warwick behind and more like sharing some of the amazing things I’ve learnt from Warwick with the World. The friendships go on, the memories remain in stories told and the final test awaits - assessing whether my university polished intellect is up to the job!
So although I am now departing for new adventures, a large part of Warwick is instilled in me and I take it with me like an old friend. All that remains is to thank everyone for their support during my time here and to encourage my fellow bloggers to keep up the good work!