Graduation Day 2017: Outfit, Reflection and Future Plans!?

Graduation Day 2017: Outfit, Reflection and Future Plans!?

On Friday, the 21st of July, I finally Graduated with a Bachelors degree in Media with Communications. It’s crazy because of a few months ago, I was almost certain that I would not achieve the grade I wanted and had stubbornly decided that I would not attend graduation for that reason alone. Yes, it’s a ridiculous decision based on the view that the world is over if you do not achieve a 2:1 (forgive me!). But just as a side note, I achieved my 2:1 and thought I would blog all about it to provide an insight into the Graduation day, what I wore, and my plans for the future. Spoiler: It’s definitely not further education!

Nottingham Trent Graduation Header created by Canva
So, the dress. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this. The dress had been decided on a little earlier on in the year which I believe I bought from PrettyLittleThing, around the £30 mark. It could be considered a little scandalous for a graduation considering the sheerness of some areas, however, I genuinely feel it was very classy and intricate and provides a great job at carefully concealing some areas. I also took into consideration that the gowns would provide further coverage on the day so I wouldn’t be too ‘exposed’, but would still peek out and add detail. Overall, this is probably one of my favourite dresses that I have ever worn and was really glad I saved it for such a special event!

The Dress

PrettyLittlething Graduation Dress

I began the morning of my Graduation in student style. I assumed that with the ceremony being at 10:45 am, I would arrive at 10 am and it would be a great idea – I didn’t realise that we were expected to be there at 8 am to accommodate time for queuing, registration, and putting on our gowns. How I managed to get ready in 30 minutes, with a full face of makeup, has genuinely suprised me. After sprinting down the city streets in heels, I arrived with 20 minutes to spare which, even though my calves are now fine AF, I do not recommend!

The Day

Balayage hair

Before long, I was seated in the theatre. Fortunately enough, I was sat right next to my course bestie which was very memorial because we have shared almost all of the same classes as each other. This also made walking onto the stage a little easier as we could offer mutual support by cheering from the sidelines or singing nursery rhymes to calm our nerves. If you are soon to graduate, hear it from me that there’s almost no reason to be nervous because the walk on stage is over so fast that you will barely remember it, the pictures I have are the only way I know it actually happened! And besides that, there are so many people doing the same walk that, by the time it’s your turn, it just seems that being nervous is overrated (unless of course, you’re the first one up!).

Graduation Nottingham Trent University

The ceremony lasted over an hour and a half, which isn’t that long compared to others I am aware of. I feel the general momentum of excitement heads in the direction of taking pictures outside the event, rather than within it, but that’s expected with millennials and social media, to which I am no exception. Here I am posing with some of my friends, whom I spent slaving away in the library for months, fretting about the direction of my dissertation. How I even overcame that stage is a mystery to me, but I couldn’t have done it without these girls. They all worked so hard and are all so deserving of the grades they received!

Future Plans

Nottingham Trent UniversityNow, it’s fair to say it’s all over. I’m no longer a student and I have started this new chapter in my life that permits me to shape the direction of the rest of my life. It’s something that hasn’t really kicked in because I still feel like I’ll return in September as normal and continue my academic life, but it’s simply not true. The third year of University is a mental mind f**k! The stress was enough to ensure I won’t be returning to education again. But saying that, I look back fondly on it and, considering I have been to two universities in my lifetime, and encountered a variety of obstacles (personal and academic), I now want to write about to help others. If this is something you’re looking for I do hope you follow this blog as more is to come.

As for my own personal journey? I’m using this time wisely to ensure I become the person I want to be. Digital Content Creating/ Marketing is so close to my heart that I’m soon to be looking to expand my career horizons past my part-time job as a customer service assistant. But at the moment, I’m trying to catch up on rest and my social life, which became non-existent due to university commitments. I am deserving of that break!


So, if you’re a soon-to-be University student, or just generally have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment with your concerns and questions! I’m happy to share my advice if it helps you out. But I promise you will come out on top.







  1. July 23, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Congratulations, I’m in my 3rd year now and next year is last year at University (hopefully), hoping to have a great graduation one day. Xx

    • July 23, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Eek how exciting! You’ll ace it I’m sure xx

    • July 23, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Aw thank you so much! xx

    • July 23, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      woop woop! Thank you xx

  2. July 24, 2017 / 7:44 am

    Love the dress! Did you graduate from Nottingham Trent?

    • July 24, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Thankyou so much! I did haha. Are you from around here?

      • July 24, 2017 / 8:23 am

        Ah thought I recognised it! I graduated from Trent in 2013, I did Theatre Design!

        • July 24, 2017 / 8:24 am

          Oh wow that’s awesome, what a small world 😂

          • July 24, 2017 / 8:49 am

            Haha it sure is! Love the blog!

  3. July 24, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    That’s a beautiful white dress and you look stunning in it. Congratulations on your big achievement.

  4. July 24, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Congratulations on graduating; your dress is absolutely beautiful! xoxo

    • July 26, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Thankyou ​so much Brittney! xx

  5. July 25, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Your dress looked amazing, really suits you! Congrats!x

    • July 26, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      You’re so lovely, thankyou very much! x

  6. August 4, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    I absolutely support your decision to wear that dress! It’s so beautiful and looks beautiful on you!

    • helloleaa
      August 5, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Aw thank you so much! You’re too kind xx

  7. August 4, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Congratulations 🙂 you look great 🙂

    • helloleaa
      August 5, 2017 / 9:15 am

      Thankyou so much lovely!

  8. August 5, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Congratulations! You’ve made me so excited to graduate this October😬👩🏻‍🎓

    • helloleaa
      August 5, 2017 / 9:15 am

      Aw I’m so excited for you! Congratulations. What did you study?

      • September 4, 2017 / 5:59 pm

        Thank you, I just need to find a nice dress before October😩!! I studied Law

  9. August 5, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Lea!!!! Congratulations! I’m gonna start my uni this September! I absolutely love your blog by the way! Just followed you on it! x Massive congratulations! X

  10. August 8, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Your dress is lovely! Can’t wait to (hopefully) graduate next year! X

    • helloleaa
      August 12, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      You’ve got this! x

  11. August 23, 2017 / 4:53 am

    Congratulations on your fine accomplishments. Such an awesome stage of life to be at and I wish you all the best in your future.

  12. April 17, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Well I m Just about to graduate this year.. My results will be out soon… Yipee!!!
    You blog great!!

    • helloleaa
      April 29, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      Yaay sending you the best of luck! I’m sure you’ll ace it.xx

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