Fandangos story starter (10)

For Fandango’s Story Starter #10, where we build something around the following phrase:

My hair stood on end, a shiver raced down my spine, and a lump came to my throat when I…
Realised that I was finished in college, today was my graduation day. I couldnt believe I’d done it, I’d finished my diploma. I was so proud. It was hard going but I’d managed it despite all the curve balls I’d been thrown.
Today, I would recieve my diploma, and I would celebrate, all my hard work had payed off, it was going to be a happy day for me.