Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Over the four years of my degree my children made it very clear that we should travel to Tasmania for me to graduate in person, rather than in absentia. In fact, they declared that we had all earned a little graduation trip. Indeed they were correct. It is only with the support of my incredible family that I have had the freedom to pursue a degree and I think we all more than earned a little holiday to go with graduating interstate.
My University is located in Tasmania - they do an excellent job of distance education and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time studying with them. We spent the first half of our trip in Launceston, beginning with my graduation. The ceremony was an incredibly uplifting and inspiring occasion. I was particularly moved by the occasional address presented by a lecturer from my faculty. She reminded us that we should not settle for our students to be limited by our perception of them. Rather we should aim to inspire them to be the very best they can be. She articulated all I believe about this with beautiful eloquence.
I also learned what the Latin on the University's logo means: "the field is open to talent". I liked that. It tells me I should dream big. I should aim high. And I should step fully into the field I have chosen and the best educator I can possibly be.
And then we spent a few days just being tourists. I'll post more about that soon.