This is me in the picture. It is from this Wednesday. I had three graduation ceremonies and one celebration this way. I am finally no longer a student (ever in my life, probably), ever since I started school.
I had a crazy week. I am moving for work soon, so I went apartment-hunting last weekend and this early week (hence the lack of a post from me last week). I used the apps but also walked for hours and hours in the streets to find an apartment. I had heard that Santa Barbara is a hard place to rent apartments in, but I did not expect this level of difficulty. But eventually it worked out and now I have a place to move to.
Right after I came back to Los Angeles from Santa Barbara, graduation ceremonies started. The first one was the hooding ceremony, which is a ceremony only for PhD students. PhD graduates are hooded by their advisor to signify their achievement in completing the program. The photo is from after that ceremony. Then we had a main ceremony and a diploma ceremony on Friday, followed by a reception.
Crazy week! But it is the week that signifies to me most clearly the end of an era in my life and the start of a totally new era. The ceremonies signify the end. The apartment situation signifies the beginning of the next. Oh, and also I got approved to start work earlier than initially planned this week too. So, that is again a sign for my new life. So, I am trying to process a lot of things at the same time but I am definitely very excited.
This post essentially does not have a point other than being weekly report of what happened to me. But it was a very important week for me, so I wanted to share with you all. Take care!
29 thoughts on “Most important week of my life so far”
Hearty congratulations and best wishes, Betul!
Thank you so much!
A big congratulations and wishing you the very best with the new job and this new phase of life!
Thank you! I appreciate it!
Congratulations. And, well done on the apartment. These are bits of new that are good to hear: an update on your life is very pointy, Dr. Erbasi 🙂
Awww thank you!
Thanks a lot!
Yay! Thank you!
Wow, what a week – and what an accomplishment! Congratulations!
What a week it was! Thank you so much!
Congratulations! Great start on the rest of your life! What a relief to be done with school, Doctor!
It is! I have been in school for about 25 years by now!
Congratulations! All the best 😉
Thank you so much!