July 20th 2012. Graduation Day. Truly one of those "once in a blue moon" sort of days.
A day we thought would never come.
It was a day of euphoria for me and my family. Rightly so. We had come so far together, overcome so many difficulties.
I can remember on the day being washed along in a tide of immense and deep founded joy: the relief at having finally finished, the pride of achieving First Class Honours, the fun of swishing about town in my billowing gown, the support of my parents who helped me to get there, the encouragement of my big brother and sister who had blazed the trail long before me.
Now when I think back to that day, the thing that makes me happiest is to look at the picture above, to see myself, almost indistinguishable in the crowd. Sat beside my peers, not in a room all on my own.
For once looking normal, just like everyone else.