Can you believe it? Three years ago, I excitedly announced in a YouTube video that I was going to university to study Celtic Languages and Culture. Two days ago, I walked out of the academic building beneath the beautiful Dom church carrying a paper that says “Collegium examinatorum institutionis Linguarum culturarumque Celticarum declarat Lucy (…) diploma baccalaurei adquisivisse Linguarum culturarumque Celticarum quam ob dignam eam iudicavit titulo Bachelor of Arts (BA)”, which loosely translates to “Lucy is officialy a BA in Celtic!”
It definitely took some blood, sweat and tears for me to get here: Old Irish being one of the most complex languages in the world, Middle Welsh feeling like a fresh summer breeze compared to that but not to be underestimated, medieval Celtic culture being the amazing, strange and complicated thing it is, my deciding that I’d throw Old English and Old Norse into the mix while I was at it, getting side-tracked into art history… I feel like I learned more in one year of uni than I did in six years of highschool, which is wonderful and amazing. Although I realised pretty soon that pursuing an academic career was not my destiny, I picked up so much knowledge and skill that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Of course I can’t leave out my dear, dear friends. I met the greatest people during my time at Utrecht University, who I’m so glad to have developed such close, warm relationships with, that will hopefully last me a lifetime. Speaking of people that are dear to me, you guys have seen me go through all of this! It’s so strange to imagine, but some of you have been following me since I was a 15-year-old highschooler. How time flies! Since you guys are such a big part of my life, I wanted to share this defining moment with you. Thank you for sticking with me! <3
Pictures courtesy of my mom, brother, Rianne Schram and Pieter Rovers