The distinct lack of writing her has not been a conscious decision, but more a mix of laziness and a lack of things to write and then being quite busy, but things now move on a-pace.
The first notable thing is to say that I have graduated! I suppose I am now technically Mr. Paul Parker BD, although I would much prefer it if people used this term of address and little as possible! I graduated with a 2:2 which was what I was expecting and which I was pleased with. Most of my theology friends graduated with First Class degrees and I am very pleased for them.
At milestones such as this I often get a bit reflective and so I have been thinking back over the last three years (with much gladness)! How I have changed, how I have grown. What if anything I have changed. It has been a slightly mixed but generally wonderful experience, which I doubt I would change much at all. I have affiliated a society to our Students’ Union, been a Society President, fallen in love with climbing, been on a national demo, failed an exam, done very well in an essay I started two days before in Costa, lived with and visited some incredible people, stayed up all night supporting friends, spent numerous hours at ballot boxes, counted for a Union election, helped run the first online election in Bangor’s history and experienced our highest every election turnouts, I have started training as a Local Preacher and have stuck with our fabulous department as it has started winding down its existence, I have fallen deeper into the snare of Connexional Methodism and I love it, I have cried when an old housemate has been called back into work, resigned from a society, moaned about sending E-mails, screamed at people I love dearly and had dear friends leave. Some of the time I ought to have been doing uni work rather than what I actually did, but if I were to do the whole thing again I’d still stay up, I’d still climb rather than revise etc, it may be the reason I got a 2:2 rather than a 2:1 but I’d rather have all these experiences and have been shaped by them than get a 2:1.
So that is a bit of progress. Then comes some paperwork, which is, I suppose, progress but mainly just feels like paperwork! Me and my family spent the week of my graduating holidaying on Anglesey, which was lovely, but involved a day trip to Bangor to look for accommodation for next year which involved some forms, I looked around a few places, decided to go for one, which involved even more more forms! But several questions and very few easy answers later, I am paying the deposit for a lovely bungalow in Bangor next week! So I suppose I pretty much have a place to live! That ought to count as progress, and I am looking forward to making it feel homely and stuffing a cupboard with tea!
I have also been filling in Methodist paperwork! An application for a little bit of Grant Funding for next year to supplement the District and Circuit Funding and a form so that my wage goes to the right place! This second form in particular came as a massive surprise, but is a bit reassuring. So again, paperwork but also progress!
So September and the “next chapter” fast approaches, but the getting ready for it also continues and a pretty nice speed!