That’s it – I’ve finally graduated! It’s really quite a surreal feeling to know that finally the PhD is finished, a little like something is missing, though it does feel good. I had a great day with my mum and my PhD friends, most of whom are still working on their theses, I enjoyed lots of sparkles, wore a ridiculous gown and enjoyed a picnic with my supervisor. Hearing my name read out was possibly the most terrifying part of the whole PhD experience, but now that it’s done and I no longer have to worry about tripping over the gown I am so glad I have done it. Great day, great end to the whole PhD experience. Now on to new projects, new tasks and hopefully a book contract!