It is somewhat hard to believe that I am now what could be referred to as an alumni of the University of the Arts London.
Three years have passed, three good ones, with ups and downs along the way but a resounding feeling of success.
We may have complained frequently, questioned occasionally and every so often get close to giving up yet we all persevered and other than a few casualties along the way we have all managed to come through unscathed.
Even now I expect there to be ‘one last essay’ that needs to be completed, and it is an odd feeling knowing that this is no longer the case. In-fact I sit here, certificate in hand, knowing that this was indeed it. At least until I decided to do a Masters degree yet that is definitely something a little more in the future.
It is quite odd being a graduate during a time when an economic crisis is still in full swing.
Not because of decreased job opportunities of general difficulty of being completely independent during a time such as this. No, it is mainly because of the effort that everyone you seem to meet is hell bent on informing you of the fact you are graduating during a crisis and therefore the inherent necessity to lower expectations.
Honestly, if I lowered my expectations every time that someone mentioned this to me I would quite frankly not have any left at all.
Please do not mis-understand what I am saying, I agree that it is hugely important that you are realistic with the possible outcomes to any goals you may have, however that is no reason to believe that the world is purely doom and gloom and out to get you!
As out chancellor said today, work hard, stay focused and you are bound to succeed somewhere along the road.
As some ofyou may remember, I was relatively irate a month or so back whenAudi ’kerbed’ (badly scratched) our A6’s alloy wheels.
What’s more it seemed like they wouldn’t even repair it.
Well a bit of time has passed and Audi is currently repairing the alloy wheel - free of charge - as well as carrying out some changes due to recalled parts.
So that was good, during the time its been in the workshop - since yesterday mid morning, they provided me with a courtesy car.
Now I expected an A1 or A3, but no, they gave me a brand new TT convertible with possibly one of the nicest engines I have had the pleasure of driving.
The road holding of this car is immense, it feels wonderful round swept corners and on a few B roads it felt like a Ferrari and not an Audi. Also I was massively impressed with the feedback you get from the steering wheel.
Audi are definitely getting better at sports cars - probably helped that VW also owns Lamborghini and Bugatti.
Would I actually buy one? Probably not, it still has the stigma of being a girls car, even though when your inside it will satisfy the needs of any serious petrolhead. Also if I really wanted a convertible it’d probably be the slightly more useful A5…
But for 3 days? Well who on earth would complain about that???
Well in 8 hours anyway, immensely looking forward to see what this year will bring.
Quite a few new cars on show plus all the ‘usual’ classics. Something leads me to believe this is going to be quite to show!
Well, better go get my camera gear prepared for the day, lots of photos in the coming weeks to be posted i’m sure. Hopefully there will not be too much sunshine and no rain, nothing worse than blown out highlights or a wet camera!