I have been nominated for Leicester Award (Thanks to my supervisor Dr. Artur Boronat who supported my nomination). It is the first ceremony of its kind in the University of Leicester to recognize students' achievements outside the normal study (extra-curriculum and voluntary experiences) during their time in the university.
A week before the ceremony I got two invitations. The first thing I was concerned about was what to wear. It is my first event of that kind and they specified a dress code in the invitation. To be honest I envied my husband, as there is no much room for choices in men cloths when it comes to "black tie" dress code! I asked some friends and they were really caring and helpful (thanks EC, NG, NE, FA .. I didn't ask their permission to disclose their names, but I wanted to say Thank You! so letters can be enough!).
The venue, well .. it looked like this below. I sneaked in the afternoon (Mon. 17-06-2013) to see how brilliant it was. It was stunning!
|The venue was ready shiny and spectacular!*|
According to the statistics on (*), "the night was attended by over 200 notable students, and was followed by an after party with a further 250 guests who had also made big achievements this academic year."
|part of the LA 2013 Nominees (my name, second on the slide)*|
The keynote speaker, Jane Esuantsiwa Goldsmith is a real inspiration. She was the first black girl to lead the student union in Leicester University ever. I wanted to write down some of her words and quotes as I felt they are really true and shows wisdom, enthusiasm and experience. Unfortunately, I lost my pen somewhere in the ceremony, however, I will try to find the video. She is really The Queen!
|The Queen Jane*|
|My husband, Mohamed, and me in the ceremony|
|My name in the List of Nominees|
|The candles were elegant on Table No.9|
* Photos from the University of Leicester Student Union Facebook page.