The scent of graduation… and some thoughts

Last Saturday, May 17 marked one of the big dates in my calendar of important events for the year of 2014. Why? Because it was the day of my graduation ceremony. On that day all Faculty of Chemistry students of a final year met in the great assembly hall of Adam Mickiewicz University Collegium Minus to celebrate our getting through the 5 years of difficult tests, exams. On that day nobody remembered about the obstacles we met during our university years. It was our day. My day.

Dressed in black robes and traditional graduate hats we were in the center of attention and we felt special. We’ve been through greater and worse moments during those 5 years but it didn’t stop us from getting better and from continuing the chemistry studies until their very end. And on Saturday it just happened – we graduated. Only a few more words left to write in the final chapter of the book titled University and the story will be complete. There will soon be the time to start a new chapter.

For this special occasion, because a graduation day is a memorable thing for every student, I wanted to make a perfect choice of a perfume I would wear that day. From the start I knew I will be making a choice between the fragrances I know well, so there was no option that my scent of graduation would come from a decant or sample. One of my full bottles was the ONE for that day. In the process of elimination I dismissed all the perfumes that have a sexy vibe to them. I wanted something elegant and something that would pair up with my new self-confidence.

Here allow me to praise myself – since February I have lost 18 kg (40 lbs) of weight. I had to buy a new suit for the graduation ceremony because the old one looked like an oversized bag on me. I felt amazing in the new suit which was 2 sizes smaller. After a few days of considering advantages and disadvantages of chosing this or that perfume I made a decision. Atelier Cologne Silver Iris became my scent of graduation. My beloved note of iris felt very suitable for this occasion – chic, elegant, confident in a special way and present, yet not overwhelming. It was a perfect choice.

Three weeks from now, on June 9 I will be taking my master exam. The moment I pass it I will receive my master thesis and at the same time I will be officially no longer a student but a chemistry master. It will be the actual finale of my studying adventure. I think I did great. Among numerous exams which were not easy only two of them tried to stop me from making another step. But I never gave up and passed them at the second chance. My master thesis has been accepted in the final form a few days ago which means that I’m done with writing it! After months of experiments, collecting literature and writing my work is complete. Now I only need to print it.

The moment of graduation also gave me some time for reflection about the near future. My contract for being an intern in fragrance compositions laboratory terminates with the last day of June. What I’m still learning there is really valuable, especially the fragrance evaluation. It feels good to do that because it’s strictly connected with the fragrance world but to some extend it doesn’t feel right to me because my ambition is to create, not to re-create what someone else did. Fragrance evaluation seems like a good start for a future chance to be get deeper into the perfume industry.

Some time ago I have sent my resume and motivation letter for perfumer training at Givaudan and Mane. We’ll see if they get in touch with me or not. If not I have a great chance to be offered a regular job position in the fragrance lab when my intern contract terminates. I didn’t apply to Grasse Institute of Perfumery (GIP) because I can’t afford it, same applies for the only perfumers course in English offered by ISIPCA (there’s only this one course in English, other studies are in French). I hope that this won’t stop me from fulfilling my dream. It doesn’t have to come true immediately, I’d better get there with small steps than not to get there at all. Patience pays off as people say.

I have to admit that I’m really looking forward to discover what the upcoming months will bring to me and what kind of plan the life (and God) have prepared for me. After those 5 years spent at the Faculty of Chemistry I can say that I have no regrets about chosing the chemical studies. They made me even more sure about my plan of becoming a perfumer. That’s my greatest ambition. Maybe the University didn’t teach me about perfumes as much as I learned myself from various books and by testing them – still it gave me many good lessons about the chemistry of scent.

Here’s to hope for a bright future ahead. And this is my song mood at the moment.

[note] All pictures are my own, all rights reserved.

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45 thoughts on “The scent of graduation… and some thoughts

  1. Maria Ho says:

    Congratulations and all my best wishes for the future. I have no doubts that you will reach your goals.

  2. Undina says:

    Congratulations, dear Lucas! You worked hard and you are rightfully proud of your achievements (I’m also proud of you!)

    I hope everything works out the way you dream and you’ll reach your goals rather sooner than later.

    Great choice of the perfume! (And I must say that -40 lb is very impressive – even for your young age ; -) Keep it up!)

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks sweetie. I’m happy I made you proud.

      I simply you’re right about that!

      Silver Iris felt like a great choice indeed and I’m proud of my weightloss

  3. jilliecat says:

    Best day of your life indeed!! But there are many more to come ……

    Who is that handsome young fellow in the photo? It’s Lucas! Wow, you look amazing. Your mum and dad seem so pleased – as Undina says, we are all proud of you!

    And your choice of lovely Silver Iris for your special day is just perfect.

    You have put me in a very happy mood. Yay for Lucas!

    • lucasai says:

      I think best days are ahead, for example when I become a perfumer.

      Thank you for a compliment! Parents definitely look proud in that photo.

      Glad you too think I made a wise perfume choice.

  4. AYOTUNDE ADEKAIYERO says:

    congrats and get ready for the world Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 07:02:33 +0000 To: ayotol@hotmail.com

  5. Congratulations Lucas. I have no doubt that you will be able to make your dreams come true. It sounds like you’re already heading down that exciting path…who knows what fantastic things will come your way!

  6. Congratulations on graduating! I hope your dreams come true! 🙂

  7. Anka says:

    Congratulations, dear Lucas! You will be a great perfumer (and create Prada Candy Man, or Candy Boy…and many more).

  8. rickyrebarco says:

    Congratulations, Lucas!! That is so fantastic. You look wonderful in your elegant robes and your parents look marvelous as well. I know they are proud of you. Fingers crossed for you to get a fabulous job in the perfume industry. You will create some grand perfumes, I know it!! My son got a degree in chemistry also so I know it is a very difficult course of study. Again, felicidades, congratulations, and buena suerte, best of luck in the future!!

    Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been ill but I’m catching up on all your blogs. Can’t miss any of them…

  9. pitbull friend says:

    Congratulations, Lucas! Your amazing accomplishments are just beginning! Thank you for sharing them with us.

  10. rickyrebarco says:

    And I love your selection of a graduation scent. Iris is my favorite note as well. I wear an iris perfume for all my important life occasions. I’m wearing Heeley’s Iris de Nuit today.

    • lucasai says:

      I’m happy you all agree with Silver Iris as my graduation perfume. Favourite notes are bound to be remembered by some important events too

  11. shellyw says:

    Best wishes for the future and congradulations for the current moment of celebration.

  12. Ania says:

    Congratulations Lucas! I’m happy for you and I’m looking forward to your debut as perfumer – something iris based please 🙂

  13. dgambas says:

    Many congratulations!

  14. Laurie E says:

    Congratulations, Lucas! I look forward to the day when we can try your perfume creations! Wishing all your dreams come true!

  15. Lynn says:

    Congatulations Lucas! I have believed in you since the very beginning. Here’s wishing you a wonderful future. Warmest regards to your proud parents too.

    Lynn (Foustie)

  16. Holly says:

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations, dear Lucas! I’m so excited for you! You have achieved so much and you’re a real inspiration to me. There’s a saying that prayers must have both wings to fly and feet to carry us forward, and you have both. You’re well on your way to the heavenly life you dream of, grounded and supported by your own two feet. Well done!

    Silver Iris sounds perfect for that magical day, as does your soundtrack by American Authors. I will spritz myself with the same now, crank up the music and celebrate on your behalf. All the best, xoxo

  17. poodle says:

    Congrats on everything! You look and smell amazing.

  18. hajusuuri says:

    Congratulations my dearest Lucas! What an achievement and hooray for new beginings. Your parents must be very proud of you (they certainly looked it in the picture). I also happen to think that Silver Iris was the perfect choice. I will wear it tomorrow in your honor 🙂

  19. Suzy Q says:

    I’m so happy for you and I have no doubts that you will achieve your goals and live your dreams!!

  20. Missionista says:

    Congratulations and best wishes! I am very happy for you.

  21. Tora says:

    YAY Lucas!!! Congratulations to you, and all your hard work and perseverance. I know you will find a niche in the wide world of perfume. I wish you continued success!!!

  22. Mary K says:

    Congratulations on your graduation and all of your achievements leading up to it! That is a very special day in your life that you will always remember. Both of your parents do indeed look very proud of you. Also, you are to be congratulated on losing 40 lbs. That also is an accomplishment. It is always important to wear a favorite perfume on days when you know good things will be happening, and you have done that. Best wishes for future endeavors.I am sure this is only the beginning of a very bright future for you!

  23. Belated congratulations, dearest Lucas! I am so happy and proud of you! What an accomplishment to finish 5 years of studies! And to top it off by looking so dapper? Silver Iris was a perfect choice. Congratulations again, my dear!

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