New Beginnings

Historically, September has always been a month of new beginnings for me, especially academically. September was when I started the new school year, it was when I moved from summer dresses to light cardigans and coats. September is the month I harvest the last of my fruits and vegetables from my garden. So, this September has also been a month that has brought positive change.

On Friday, I said goodbye to colleagues that I have worked with for the last 3 years. It was a bittersweet moment as although I was excited for my new opportunity, I was also apprehensive about leaving such a familiar place (with only a 15 minutes’ walk from my house). It was a place where I met some of the best and worst people, where I was told the most shocking revelations from my colleagues personal lives, where I booked fake meetings so that I can show my holiday pics to colleagues. It was a place where I, along with a comrade, presented to over 250 people on the wonderful black women that contributed to British society. It was a place where I got paid enough to go on multiple holidays a year. It was a place filled with socials, drinks, birthdays and team lunches. It was a place where people often forgot to flush the toilet (especially on the 2nd floor), where tea breaks always required 2 or more people, and aimless walks to Sainos was a group activity. It was a place with office crushes, but very few office romances, a place filled with so much laughter and so many wonderful people.

You’re probably wondering, why I would leave a place like that? I’m leaving because Academia has beckoned me back. Later this month, I will be starting my PhD in African Literature. I am so excited to be back in academia, to be fully immersed in something that I love and to become an expert on it. I am also very excited to get a Dr. before my name.

So here’s to new beginnings and to chasing dreams.

Thank you for reading.

One thought on “New Beginnings

  1. Khadija, what an exciting time! This was so beautifully written. Good luck with starting your PhD, you’ll be great!


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