The graduation day itself was full to the brim of excitement and apprehension about the ceremony. First, donning the robes. These are very traditional, yet seem to carry with them an air of accomplishment, pride, and promise for the future. I successfully ascended the steps to receive my certificate (without tripping!) and celebrated the day with my closest family. I am always grateful for their support, as well as the support from my supervisors and tutors. I sincerely thank those who taught me for sharing their passion and expertise in their modules: Doctors Jeannette Littlemore, Bodo Winter, Paula Perez-Sobrino, Ruth Page, and Lee Oakley, to name but a modest few.
There was a surprise yet to come, though. Not only did I receive my first class honours on that day, but also the English Language and Applied Linguistics Research Project Prize for the highest marked final-year dissertation, and in recognition of my second-year Research Skills in English Language project. It was an incredible addition to my achievements so far, and in part confirmed my enthusiasm for the subject, my love for learning, and my aspiration to pursue an academic career in the field of linguistics.
The future looks bright, as they say! I am returning next academic year to complete my Master's by Research degree in English Language and Applied Linguistics. My thesis will investigate verbal, visual, and multimodal instances of metaphor and metonymy in mobile phone app icons, and observe whether the presence of these figurative operations elicits a higher number of consumer downloads and positive reviews. It proves to be a very challenging yet rewarding year to come.
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