We just stared at our displays thinking about the years of hard work that went into the creations - the challenges, the highs, the lows...everything.
It's bittersweet. It's such an incredible accomplishment, and yet, it signifies the end of an amazing journey. Gads, I'm tearing up just typing this. I have indeed learned what I came here to learn - how to extract my deepest emotions and put them on a page. Because this experience has laid me bare, stripped me raw and rebuilt me. I am so immensely proud of what I have accomplished. We all are. And in the end, we are sharing something truly special. Here is my space. (Some of these images can be viewed larger.)
I got the final moments running up to 4:00pm on video. I apologize for the poor video quality, but you can still get the idea of the energy in the room. It's tradition to cheer in that final moment as we are all ushered out of the studio, which will now remain off limits to us while VIVA interviews are held, internal grading, and external audits are carried out. Our tutors played it up - Jonny led a proper "HIP, HIP, HOORAY!" Astrid and Harvey created an arch for us to pass through. (Sadly, I didn't catch the tutor dressed all in white who ran through the building honking an enormous horn to call TIME!) Click the image to watch on YouTube.