Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UP Diliman 100th Commencement Exercises: My Graduation Weekend

Finally, the day of graduation has arrived. Barely months ago, I wasn't even sure if I was graduating, but I just let God do His magic and gave all my worries to Him and I just continued to work hard - whatever the results may be.

April 16th was our college recognition a.k.a. our college graduation from University of the Philippines' College of Social Sciences and Philosophy held in UP Theater. It was good to see my friends in white and wearing our sablay on our shoulders. Kath, Aika, Drin and the rest of my friends and co-majors in the geography department were all there smiling. April 17th was our university graduation, the time when we would transfer our sablay from our left shoulders to our right signifying that we have already been conferred our degrees.

Graduation UP Diliman
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman Pagtatapos Pagkikilala

Graduation University of the Philippines Diliman
My mum and my sister flew from Iloilo to come to my graduation. The weekend was full of good energy and everyone was happy. Finally, college is officially over, and it ended with an awesome graduation weekend. Cheers to everyone!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Something worth sharing - "I am blind. Please help."

This is too good not to be shared, so I'm sharing it with you guys. I got this from a blog entry of one of the people I follow on Twitter. I hope you will pick up a lesson from this short story.
moral lesson story blind

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.

Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling…
And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it.

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You may touch someone’s heart today and forever.

There's always that bright side on everything that is not-so-positive. It's about trying to get the best of every day and every experience. It's about how we are able to influence other people with happiness and positivity.

When the not-so-good comes, always remember that it's not the end. The adventure goes on, and our attitude in this adventure called life is as important as the adventure itself.

Photo from: blindphotography.ca

Friday, April 1, 2011

Closing Time

That floating feeling when you know the current chapter of your life is coming to a close and a new yet unpredictable chapter is set to begin. What an awful feeling. It's like someone was sawing your wooden heart as you look and see the sawdust flying around.

I feel sad now that I'm moving on to the next chapter of my life - the life after college. As much as I am very excited to start planning my career already, I realize the security and happiness of being a college student is different. Going to class everyday, spending break-time talking about random events with your classmates, cramming various papers and assignments right before deadlines, staying awake in a boring class, getting butterflies when your crush from another college passes by, worrying about the upcoming math exam, writing your undergraduate thesis in the wee hours of the night, pondering about life in the grass fields of the university and more. The list is endless. I've been wanting to graduate so much that sometimes I forgot what it means to just be your happy ordinary college guy, enjoying school and everything about it.

So in my last year, I tried to take in everything 'studenty' about my life here in UP Diliman The stress, the studying, and even the walk from the dorm to my math class. I have a lot of great memories housed in the different buildings here. I will always remember the times when I would roam around the corridors of Palma Hall for nothing, or I would would randomly see my friend while I'm heading to the next class and talk as fast as we can before that class starts. There's so much to miss, so much to remember, so much to keep in mind.

Along with this mixture of sad and nostalgic emotions however comes a little happy feeling. No matter how much I would miss these things, the time for me to go has finally come. In the long run, I will have these memories and experiences in college fueling my heart like what gasoline is to a car. There will be days in the future when I would remember a memory from this time of my life and would smile about it. I'm sad that I'm leaving UP Diliman, but I'm happy that it happened.

Parang yung pakiramdam na pinaglutuan ka ng Mama mo ng lunch at nilagay niya sa baunan mo habang mainit-init pa ito tapos pupunta ka na sa elementary school mo.

As the band Semisonic says in their 1999 single Closing Time, "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." UP Diliman will always have its grounds and buildings open for me whenever I decide to visit.