One for sorrow, Two for joy
“I recently graduated from Wageningen University.”- I say that to almost everybody I meet these days with a sense of pride (and some honest disbelief!). It was a long, arduous journey but I must say that it was worth it. Considering it was my first time outside of my motherland, it was a great unprecedented experience for me. The format of the curriculum, the examination style, the inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary approach were all new and daunting to me when I first started out. But it was definitely a much-needed boost up in the learning curve.
It was a long, arduous journey but I must say that it was worth it.
I named this article “one for sorrow, two for joy” based on an old rhyme about Magpies. It is believed that seeing one magpie is an ill-omen whereas seeing a pair is good fortune. Superstitions in this day and age seem a bit silly but that is not what made me name my article in such manner. What I meant to say is that one graduate degree was not enough for me to spread my wings and fly off into a job or a profession. Doing so would only have made me sorry for the rest of my life.