a break... please... ::drools::
Saturday, March 22, 2008
i'm currently paying for all the slacking i've been doing this past week. ms penilla is probably still mad at me because i haven't given her the club's monthly reports and evaluation summary yet. i still have not done my page for the class scrapbook. there's still the matter of the investigatory project (which by the way is kinda crappy). i haven't been posting as frequently as i'd hoped either. hayy, how i wish summer would come sooner.

yes... slacker indeed.

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today is easter sunday, the day in which christians celebrate jesus' rising from the dead. we had quite a simple week, albeit a tiring one. however, in comparison with last year's celebration, it wasn't as meaningful as it was. i can not elaborate just yet.

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my conquest of the rubik's cube has become futile. the 1 minute mark is so near, yet so far. i got a new cube for renewed attempts at a break, but to no avail. this new cube is so fragile; it disassembles itself. i will conquer thee, 3 dimensional toy!!!

PS

good luck to undergrads who are going to take their finals this week...

a different shade...

-blue

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where do i go from here? my journey to the purgatory called college
Saturday, March 15, 2008
one of the things a junior's mind would be going through by the end of the school year is college. third year grades are regarded highly as they are the part of the daunting screening process in good universities. as a junior, i didn't hold grades in such esteem so that wasn't a big deal for me... i still don't. ;)

the real questions juniors ask are, "which course should i take," or "which school should i apply for?" obviously, many students will aim for the top universities -- university of the philippines, de la salle university, ateneo de manila university, and university of santo tomas. so did i. with the plethora of courses offered by each university, a student would go nuts trying to decide which one to take. luckily, ms castro and ms dimalanta, guidance counselors of the school, gave me suggestions as to what course i should pursue.

ms dimalanta told me that molecular biology and biotechnology was challenging, but my interest and aptitude in science would get me through. i later found out that it was probably the toughest course there is and was only offered in the university of the philippines - diliman campus, the campus with the highest cut-off score. still, it was my first choice in the UPCAT application form... teehee. (the daredevil in me filled up the form).

ms castro told me to take up chemical engineering. at first, i only wanted it because it sounded nice and it was related to chemistry, my favorite branch of science. however, when i learned it had something to do with creating things to harness their potentials, etc., i became just a little bit more interested. the fact that it was a five year course was a negative for me; i'm not a fan of schoolwork. thanks to everyone's motivation, it became my second choice.

those courses were only good for my first campus choice in the UPCAT application form as they weren't offered in all four universities.

>tbc...
 
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finally, it's finished!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
after more than a week of slightly boring days of staring at the screen, quite a number of ms. jenpen's checklists, rejected/unfinished articles, weird talks, and lousy poems, press work is over! now, all we have to wait for is the release of the product of our "slave labor", the Cor Unum. i can't wait to hear feedback.

people have asked about the release date. it was then that i felt that they still anticipated the moment they would get their hands on a copy. i do hope they appreciate it.

i wasn't able to attend my class' recollection; i went to the Cor Unum office and helped out instead. mr sarmiento (our CMO), said it was not a valid excuse even if i would go with another class because, "extracurricular activity lang yan, core activity ang binalewala mo." hmm, i'm not sure i even belong with my section anymore.

tomorrow would be my first official day at grad practice. i haven't attended a single one since practice started, though i could hear pretty much every song they sang; again, this was because of the paper. i did enjoy my stay at the office, and as far as i'm concerned, i wouldn't be missed.

i'm excited for the upcoming Clubfest, an event that showcases every organization's positive aspect. arianne, grace, and luzzy made a cool presentation for our org (haha, i haven't seen it yet but i do believe it is); can't wait.

hope i won't be so lost when i step back to reality a.k.a. grad practice.

a different shade...

-blue

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graduation.... and the calvary that precedes it
Sunday, March 9, 2008
clearances signed, finals done, requirements completed (well... almost)... only the graduation left to look forward to..?

it's not that simple. before they get to enter what undergrads may call heaven, they must face the horrors of a super high speed 4th quarter -- the graduating batch only get a month's worth of time to finish the curricula for the nosebleed-inducing subjects such as physics, math, economics and finish the research paper for the oral defense.

last quarter blues:

1. a test a day keeps the student awake, therefore @.@ ...

2. (for pullout people)
student: ano nang nangyayari sa klase??
classmate: kakatapos lang namin sa thermodynamics, taxes, factor and remainder theorems, may ipapass na project sa tle, reaction paper sa cle... kaw nalang gumawa ng chapter 3, noh? magrereview pa kasi ako sa test bukas sa math at filipino. tas pinapasabi ni ms neri deadline na raw ng civac output sa friday... papasok ka na ba?

would someone bombarded with such a list want to enter the classroom after being pulled-out? quite a daunting task one must take in exchange of participation in other activities (more about pull-outs in an upcoming post). let alone trying to cram all the classroom discussions into one's head just to keep up.

3. hectic schedule due to activities in clubs, EOP, exposure trip, prom... although quite enjoyable, sometimes these days are better off spent in classrooms than having to endure a 300 kph discussion.

4. the research paper. need i say more?

5. clearance, clearance, clearance... although this has been done from first year, the weight of the requirements are just a teensy bit heavier.

6. the finals.

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after all that comes the boring practices... a whole day devoted to singing, eating, sometimes cleaning, listening to music or mr sarmiento's rants, etc. seniors even wished they had classes instead.

in all fairness to the undergrads, it has been said that junior year is the most daunting year of all. i don't dispute that; i quite agree. i could argue that the topics they have covered this year were much more advanced than what we had, yet there's always that thing about improvement. in reference to that quotation i've heard earlier today, "nothing is constant except change."

i am in no position to say that junior year is much more fun than senior year as i have spent little time in both junior and senior classes (another post again...). whichever it is, the memories one has made in this part of our journey called life are to be cherished long after the mortarboard has been tossed and the diploma displayed somewhere.

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the graduation rites does not signify the end of one's affiliation and responsibility to a school. rather, it signifies that one must move on to bigger dreams and tougher challenges to affirm that affiliation and continue to fulfill that responsibility of bringing honor to one's school. sure, it would be painful to part with the home and family one has gained in four years, to face the dread of never seeing those faces again. it's only painful if you let yourself be hurt. a drop of optimism never hurt anyone. one will not lose his high school and biological family through graduation if he keeps them in his heart and gets himself motivated to make them feel they have done a good job.

i do look forward to the 28th. i do look forward to the long ceremony. i look forward to turning over a new leaf and getting a chance to prove the impressions on me wrong.

a different shade...

-blue

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THE NEW BLOG
why the new blog? first, because a certain blogger said i should. second, because that would give me something to do. third, because i get to say whatever the hell i want to say (and keep to myself whatever "incriminating" stuff i must conceal).

i had 2 unsuccessful attempts at blogging. didn't quite get to update and all that. determined to change that now, because of the challenge i gave myself.

i'm going to need all the help i can get.

brace thyself...

a different shade...

-blue

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