Probably should start trying to update about my convocation which was held at UTAR Kampar Dewan Tun Ling Liong Sik. I've seen so many friends who have graduated from UTAR the past few years including seniors in our course and really never expected this day would arrive this soon for me. It's actually a very long journey but after completing it, it seems like it's really in a blink of an eye that I'm now (kinda) a doctor officially!
The amount of work put into this convocation BEFORE the actual day was tremendous. I mean, considering I've been just a potato for the past few months and actually preparing for the convocation felt like so much work 😂 We had to do an online pre-registration to decide where to collect our graduation gown and mortar board, had to complete surveys that I needed to print out as proof in order to collect the gown and then had to drive all the way to Kampar for collection.
There's also this constant headache about what outfit I should wear for the occasion. Obviously the guideline would state that we should wear white formal shirt with black pants or ankle-length black skirt (wtf who would actually wear long formal skirt pls) but I really didn't want to??? I wanted to wear a bright-coloured sleeveless dress since it's really my style throughout med school. I'm a rebel. But then my dad disagreed.
1. He said that convocation is a formal event so it'd be best to wear formal.
2. It's nicer to have a white shirt collar to peep out of the convo gown to add a bit of colour.
I agreed to all of the above and also I've mentioned before that our uni president already told me prior to this that convocation is an event for the parents in all honesty so I decided to listen to my dad.
And luckily he agreed with me that there would be too much of black going on if I wore long black pants. So I wore a black skirt instead.
Oh yea my parents also asked me what flowers I wanted for my grad bouquet hahahahaha where got people ask the graduand one? Anyway I said I wanted sunflowers because that's my favourite flower. Parents got me sunflowers whereas my siblings got me roses. Yay.
On the actual day
We had Hakka mee for breakfast at about 8am wtf. Because we still had to get ready after that.
Everyone was legit more nervous than me because my sister actually went on a dress hunt and I accompanied her for the past few days until she found a suitable dress. My mum had an appointment to set her hair at 10am at the hair salon omg. Dad was choosing which suit blazer to wear since like few days ago. Brother was the worst because on the day itself, he found out his suit pants got too tight wtf 😂
I didn't particular like how I look on that day because I had the just-woke-up face ugh. Hair wasn't great either. And I don't know how to put on makeup nor do I have actual makeup products. So I just tried my best by slapping some sunscreen that also acts like foundation, some concealer, some brow and some lipstick. Um. Might as well just went there barefaced because it was so hot and humid I sweated so much I basically wiped off all the little makeup I had HAHAHA.
Before I went in this room and registered, my family members were helping me put on my grad gown outside first and helping me pin the red sash thing in place. At that point because it was so havoc, I was sweating buckets already omg. Finally went inside this room and saw so many people for the first time since our final exam! It was a total chaos inside too because everyone was trying to put on the gown and mortar board properly and mortar board tassel dunno wanna face where wtf.
Then it was time to line up to go in the hall. It was a beautiful day. I mean sunny yes but better than rainy right?
Queue time! We had a few pictures taken here as well and had a nice time chatting with some friends who were lining up in front of and behind me.
Love the quality of this photo even though taken on my iPhone 7 only. Because the lighting was extremely good at this angle 🤣
HAHAHA Claudia and Daniel's expressions.
I've been in the same group as this guy since forever as in year 1 and he said it'll be such a joke if we end up in the same hospital for HOship as well. I think he has already jinxed it. He was my football buddy when we had the time and energy to go watch matches after matches of BPL, Euro and World Cup back in year 1-3. We would everyday watch until 6am and then go to class at 8am wtf. Crazy.
Group mates sitting together!!! We had so much shit to talk about wtf.
Woohoo me going to receive my scroll. We waited damn long for our turn! There's a lot of things to coordinate because at the same time of us receiving our scroll, the photographer would take our picture and our gratitude message would appear in the big screen.
They said usually the university president rarely present scrolls but I'm glad he did it for my faculty yassssss.
My gratitude message! I wanted to see how it looked like on the screen so I asked my family to take a pic of it hahahaha. It's so formal right? I actually wanted to write something along the lines, "I'm out, bitches" but um I didn't want my uni to regret letting me graduate 🤣
After receiving our scrolls!
With the PPGs! We've been through a lot of good and bad shit since the start of our friendship in year 2. I'll always miss all the study sessions at McD and Starbucks, all our manic shopping and makan spree, all our cafe hops, all our midnight screaming and squealing at our dining table completely ignoring the feelings of our neighbours wtf (sorry ah). So glad to have found people of the same wavelength in med school. Best friends, best housemates and best clinical partners.
Let's continue all the people-judging in our group chat and help each other whenever any of us sends SOS when we start working 😂😂 I love you all ❤️
Oh yea apparently the convo video managed to capture us taking a selfie omg so embarrassing!!! Hahahahahahaha.
Hezron! @loveslikeclockwork Even though he hasn't updated his Dayre in approximately 25 eternities, he still remains one of my bestest friends ever in and out of medical school. He's always there to listen and to analyse every situation for me whenever I have any troubles. He's always onz whenever I needed somebody to talk to or whenever I just wanted to have a meal together. Of course I hope I've been as good a friend for you as you me. ❤️ I still owe him a super belated birthday meal omfg.
Oh another pic of my boyfriend and I with Hezron 🤜🏼🤛🏼
With Qonstance @ypl1023! So glad to be in the same group as you and JE along with Marcia in year 4. That's how the #gluttons was formed. Hahahaha because even though I personally feel we were hardworking enough, we still had a lot of free time in year 4 to go around eating. So bummed we 4 didn't manage to get a pic.
BUT JE frickin sent me this picture hahahahahahahahahahaha. Ok la can be accepted also. 😂😂😂
A pic with the couple!
Year 5 Group 1!!!!! I really cannot express how thankful I am to be in this amazing group for my final year. I've always had shit luck in groupings since forever so when I had the gluttons in year 4 with me, I thought I've used up all my luck. But thankfully, I was arranged to be in the same group as these funny, happy-go-lucky and selfless people for my last year in med school.
Lol same people but so many pictures.
We're always so united that lecturers feel happy we've found friendship within the group and that makes classes a lot a lot easier to tolerate tbh. I'm glad we're always eating together and exploring different food whenever we go because we all love to eat. Also I'm so happy our group chat is still alive after so many months post-graduation. 🙏🏼
ANOTHER ANGLE. Hahaha. Official photographer was taking a shot of us I think. I love you all!! ❤️
Omg this is damn stupid because we didn't get a photo together so he asked me to wear my gown and FaceTime wtf 🤣🤣🤣 Can't believe I did this with him omg kill me pls.
Oh there's a story before this pic was taken. Apparently as we went out of the hall, we were supposed to come to this wall for photo time with our lecturers but somehow the message wasn't passed to most of us so we were at the other end wtf. Apparently lecturers were getting irritated and the reception wasn't good either so we had a hard time finding everybody omg.
Photographer told us to wave our scroll upwards LOL. /cringe
Oh yea at this point I was so thirsty and hungry because it's probably 3-4pm by this time? And my last meal and last sip of water drank was 8am and 11am respectively. Wo de tian~ and didn't even have to go to the bathroom because I was so dehydrated.
A picture with our internal medicine HOD (left) and our orthopaedic HOD (right).
Both orthopaedic lecturers! The one on the right was my dad's lecturer back then wtf? 😱 But he's so still so strong and could stand with us for hours during bedside teachings omg. He's the cutest!
Omg my aunt is a stalker. She took this pic of me helping my friend and his family take a pic 😂😂😂
And this too 😂😂
A picture with my boyfriend's family! This was taken by his aunt. Omg just realised I didn't have a pic with his aunt 😱
And actually by this point I was already feeling bad for my grandma who's literally 91 and my relatives and my family members. But I didn't have a choice. I had to first finish taking pictures with our lecturers and classmates because we wanted to go with our respective families after that.
His aunt took this shot for us 💕
My family helping us take a pic hahahahahaha. Look damn mengada. That's me 💁🏻 The bunch of roses he's holding was given by my family to him hehe.
Not sure whose phone has this picture haha because I think at the same time my dad my brother my sis my aunt my uncle were all taking pictures of us. Thank you ah 💕
With my parents! Oops the flowers blocking my mum's face 😔
With my QT grandma!! Look at her being so smol and cute clinging onto me 😍 I'm her eldest grandchild so she was really happy to see me graduate and also more importantly that day's the first time she saw my boyfriend hahahahahahahaha. Thanks for coming despite it being really inconvenient and the weather was really unforgiving too. ❤️
Family ❤️ Thank you for always being there for me, supporting me throughout this difficult journey, providing me with everything and anything as long as I lived comfortably, listening to me whenever I needed to rant and teaching me so many things. There are times I just can't help but to cry silently whenever I think about how much they're willing to go through just for my wellbeing and whenever I think about how disappointed they must be as I'm always a super average student. I'm sorry.
Really really grateful that everyone could be there for my convocation. It's so awesome that my sister's summer break and my brother's sem break coincided with my convocation. Love you all ❤️
Do re mi
Sister, my everything buddy. She's SOOOOOO annoying but it's the good kind of annoying (sometimes).
Hobbit, my beloved brother. He's really one of the kindest people I know and the most filial son. I'll fight anyone who hurts him.
By this time I was sweating like a cow (?) omfg. At one point I'm like "can somebody wipe the sweat off my face" "there's hair in my mouth!!" and I couldn't do those myself because I was holding the flowers hahahahahaha. My sister was like "you think you're a celebrity" 💁🏻
My aunt and uncle!! Thanks for coming omg. It's so chaotic and weather was crazy hot. They also came all the way from KL 😭😭
Me and my bouquets of flower! Thank you so much! Didn't expect 4 bouquets tbh. Sunflower from parents, roses from siblings, another bouquet of roses from my relatives and yellow daisies from my boyfriend's family 💕
My dad, who's always supportive and I couldn't have done this without him.
Mummyyyy. Thanks for everything.
And omg my face turns out so puffy and poofy in all the photos on that day omg fml.
This wall is really nice though. Should've taken some solo shots here.
Bye running away with my flowers
I find this so funny hahhahaa. Aunt sis and brother taking pics of me whereas my uncle taking pics of everyone and my dad taking pics of everyone from another angle 😂
Another shot with grandma
This location is really pretty but too bad it was getting dark because it was around 5.30pm and it was about to rain.
Omg time to attempt some mortar board throwing. The rest of them went to the car already but my brother stayed behind to take this photo for me hahaha.
Let me tell you it's not easy AND I was so afraid it'll end up in the pond omg.
Not bad but too low.
Nailed it. So coincidental some birds flew past some more 🤜🏼🤛🏼
More photos when we got back home 😂 btw when I removed my grad gown before entering the car, my white shirt was drenched in sweat. Ew
SUPER LOVE THIS ITS SO PRETTY 😍😍💕
Another shot because it's too pretty
Gorgeous roses 😍
Thank you to my relatives for getting me this!
From my boyfriend's family 💕
Added a few of my dad's old doctor dolls 🤣
So grateful for the chance to study medicine even when initially I thought my SPM results wasn't good enough. Thanks to my parents who encouraged me to try applying even though I was really pessimistic about it. It's been a really good 5 years with more ups than downs (I think). It wasn't easy but it's definitely worth it. I've gained and lost friendship but that's life. I've done well in exams but I've failed too. I've learned how to accept failure better now I hope and learn from my mistakes.
There are things I could've done better at and things I could've changed but I regret nothing. Med school was hell of a ride and I'm glad I'm finally done with it. 👩🏻🎓➡️👩🏻⚕️
Thursday, 24 Aug 2017
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