I AM NOW A FORM FIVE GRADUATE

Yesterday was my school’s graduation day for all Form Five students, and I was already up by 6 that morning to get ready for it. It was the first (and probably the last) time I’ve ever made such an effort to look good for a school event, because I had my hair curled and also (gasp!) put on make-up. Not to mention the fact that I wore heels to school. I’d broken all my appearance principles in mere minutes. Way to grow up, Michelle.

I drove to school (in flats which I brought along just in case, of course) and then met up with the 5S gang along with Anum, Lela and Beneh before putting on our graduation robes and entering the hall, where about 20 tables were set up for all the graduates and parents who turned up.

After the headmistress and the VIPs gave their speeches, all the graduates (it feels so weird to say that instead of “Form Fives”) went up the stage to claim their attendance certificates.

And then it was time for all the Asmarians’ favourite hobby: eat.

The ceremony ended at around 11 AM and a photo frenzy session ensued.

The graduates in the hall (Credit to Beneh)
(From left to right) Aida, Laiyy, Sian Jo, Cui Lin, yours truly, Mas, Ilia, Farah and Ama
Beneh and yours truly in graduation robes
Laiyy and yours truly (Credit to Laiyy)

 

Yours truly and Mas (Credit to Laiyy)
Sian Jo, Cui Lin and yours truly (Credit to Laiyy)
Afiqah, Aqilah and yours truly (Credit to Beneh)
Chew Jie and yours truly (Credit to Beneh)
Nado and yours truly (Credit to Beneh)
Beneh and yours truly (Credit to Beneh)
Nadlut and yours truly (Credit to Lela)
Beneh, yours truly, Lela and Anum (Credit to Lela)
The Asmarian graduates (Credit to Laiyy)

And then came the best part: after the photo session, I drove Beneh, Anum, Aina and Lela to Domino’s Pizza at Jalan Pegawai for another eating session. It was the first time I was driving my friends somewhere which wasn’t tuition and it was great and scary and wonderful and frightening but overall, unbelievably adventurous and we couldn’t help but feel a tad bit rebellious (despite the fact that everyone had already informed everyone’s parents about the trip) as we put my pro driving skills (pro as in problematic and not professional) to the test while singing along to One Direction at the top of our lungs.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realised what it reminded me of: it reminded me of Paper Towns, after Q graduated and headed for an immediate road trip to search for Margo. As my friends spewed out the words “officially graduated” in the car, I knew this was the ultimate mark we were making to the world as official Form Five graduates of the year.

At Domino’s, we awaited Nado’s arrival by her dad’s car (since my car couldn’t fit more than four passengers) while eating and guess who we bumped into at Domino’s? Cikgu Rohana and Cikgu Kartina. It was a very unicorn-ish moment…momentarily ruined by Diana and Nado’s prank call from school. Just kidding, although it did make me anxious until Nado arrived and admitted she was playing with us. I mean, anyone would be scared if an unknown number called you and started to cry? Right?

Credit to Lela

Beneh, Anum, Aina and yours truly (Credit to Lela)
Beneh, Nado, Anum, Aina and yours truly (Credit to Lela)
PIZZA (Credit to Lela)

And then I dropped everyone home before heading home myself. It was one of the best adventures I’ve ever had.

Today, just this evening, we had our annual prefects’ party at New Regent Hotel but this time around, it wasn’t us who were busy preparing for the seniors because we were the seniors this time, and it’s a very strange thing to think about considering how we’ve been doing this for years now and suddenly we’re the centre of attention.

And centre of attention we were because we were greeted like celebrities as soon as we entered the room. But I think the highlight of the event was the surprise photo board filled with photos of all the seniors, taken from Facebook and Twitter profiles without our knowledge. So you can imagine our surprise when we found photos taken just yesterday during graduation and also at Domino’s. There were even photos of us in Form Two!

And then it was time to eat (when is it ever time to not eat?) and the food was fantastic accompanied by hilarious performances by the juniors.

Um
Surprise photo board #1
Surprise photo board #2 (Can you spot the grad and Domino’s pics at the bottom)
Thira and yours truly, or in Thira’s words: “Mrs Harry Styles (both)”
Beneh and yours truly
Beneh, yours truly and Lela, taken with Lela’s polaroid camera
Group photo!
Lovely gifts from the juniors

The party ended way too soon and I know everyone felt the same because we were given multiple reminders by the hotel people to evacuate as quickly as possible since they had to use the hall soon.

I hereby would like to thank all the juniors for throwing such a great bash and creating such wonderful memories for us to remember for a long time to come after we’ve left school. Great job, guys.

Two events in a row has left me quite exhausted, but one thought has never left my mind which is the fact that all of this means that I’m leaving school very, very soon. Wow. It still hasn’t quite made sense to me yet. Even this blog was started while I was in high school. Well, Careful Confessions, you are witnessing one of the most important milestones of my life.

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Author: Michelle Teoh

21-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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