As Stefania already told you all, we had a completion gathering ceremony at JCU. Everyone was looking good with heels and ties as the dresscode asked for. I just didn’t expect that the ceremony would be so…. “American”? Don’t get me wrong; this is absolutely not an attack on America or the USA. It’s just that in the Netherlands we’re really down to earth. Ceremonies are only symbolic, but not a celebration for a certificate. Because well..it’s just a certificate, not your diploma.
But still it was an amazing experience. I felt just like in the movies! We were called upon the stage, where the president of JCU presented us our certificate; we posed and waved while walking off the stage. Yes indeed people, it doesn’t get more American (film culture at least) than this. There was a professional photographer present who took pictures of everyone. One while our certificate was presented to us, and more while we were enjoying (free!) sushi, beer and wine. Yes, indeed: JCU knows how to make an international student feel special.
So a big shout out to the international office of JCU: YOU ARE AWESOME!
And I am using the proper word, because awesome literally means full of awe. Well I was full of awe the entire duration of the ceremony.