Soon, I won’t need to go to uni any more. Tomorrow is Thesis Submission Day. At some stage after that Jac and I will return for Clearing Out My Desk and Bringing My Crap Home Day. It will feel very final when I hand back my key to the office – but I’ll get my cash deposit back, which is good. I can’t even remember how much I paid… $25? $50? Who knows. It’ll be a nice bonus getting the money back anyway.
I feel really good about no longer being a student (well, being on the verge of no longer being a student). It’s good being able to pay student concession prices at the movies and on public transport, but I am soooooooo ready to stop being a student. I enjoyed being a worker before I returned to study and I’m looking forward to becoming a worker again, and wearing business attire every day. It’s been nice wearing shorts and thongs (flip-flops, before some of you get waaaaay too excited) to uni, but I do like wearing my jacket, trousers and collared shirts, looking like a stylish female detective (yeah, really – hey, it keeps me amused). Since I’ve been applying for jobs I’ve realised just how little money I’ve been so happily living on all this time. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the scholarship – without it I could not have done my PhD – but soon I’ll be earning more than double what I lived on for the past three years, and I can’t wait. I’m also looking forward to making new friends and taking an active role in social activities at work. I’m pretty much… looking forward.
Of course, when the examiners’ reports come back (whenever that is – could be months) there may be corrections to make before the thesis is passed, but hopefully there won’t be too many and I’ll be able to work on them at home on weekends or evenings. I plan to be well and truly working by the time the reports come back.
I ate what might be my last uni curry puff on Monday last week. When I did my Honours year the curry puff filling consisted of chicken, potatoes and peas. Sometime in the middle of my PhD the price went up by 20 cents and the chicken disappeared. They are still tasty though, a perfect little savoury, slightly greasy but ohhh soooo good snack.
This curry puff had green beans as well as peas and potato. YUM!
My plan that Monday had been to eat a curry puff to keep my hunger at bay, catch the bus and then have lunch in town, but I missed the bus by 2 minutes and had to wait half an hour for the next one. It seemed silly (and unnecessarily masochistic) to wait around thinking increasingly hungry thoughts, so I trudged back to the food place and ordered myself a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Mmmm, it was good. As I sucked on my noodles and slurped down my soup I thought to myself: this may be my last chicken noodle soup ever from uni.
Depending on timing, I might grab another “last” meal at uni tomorrow after I hand the thesis in. Maybe a last char kway teow, or a last chicken laksa, or a last hainan chicken rice or a last combination rice. :) I guess two very good things I gained from going back to study are: the great friends I’ve made (especially my mates MK, Adam and Rach), and the delicious lunches I enjoyed on campus – and there really were a lot of lunches – as demonstrated in the uni food category!