Congrats 1ITE! :)

Today is April 4, 2013. Today, my old classmates graduated and finally got their degrees. Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Sounds really interesting. Sounded really interesting for me then. But the arts kept knocking on my door and I, with all my heart, gave in. I bid goodbye to the Faculty of Engineering a year and a half later and proceeded to the Faculty of Arts and Letters. But with all honesty, this is entry is not about me. It may sound like it but it is not. This is for them.

ITE

You are all still part of a list on my Facebook :)

To the college class that I first belonged to. To the class that I first embarked college with. To the class that treated dawn as night and slept through the morning. Some of them may have graduated not under the section ITE anymore, but they will always be 1ITE to me.

It’s true that I may have drifted apart from those I spent most of my Eng’g days with but I am so proud and happy for them. Sometimes I ask myself if I’m jealous that they’re graduating and leaving me behind. And then I come to the conclusion that, what they have right now, it isn’t meant for me, it was never meant for me. It was just exclusively theirs.

Cheers to all of you! Cheers for the endless nights (and days) that you have finally conquered! Cheers for having an ambition and sticking to it! Cheers to graduating, and graduating happy and contented! Cheers to you, my 1ITE! May you all face the real world, steady and ready!

<3

The real UST-UP friendship ;)

I promised Jeng (or Jess to her UP friends) that I’ll blog this the night it happened. It has been two weeks and two days. Ha ha!

Last December 7, a Friday, Jeng went to UST to submit her brother’s USTET form. She came right before lunch break so we had to wait a little. She said she wanted to eat. I brought her to Asturias where one of my favorite places to eat is located. We ordered Chiquito’s Buffalo Chicken Strips which Jeng enjoyed. She told me that the food was cheap considering it has already a glass of juice and “mixed” veggies. And that P55 is only half of a meal at UP.

After eating and consuming the time we had left, we went to TYK to do what Jeng really intended to do. It took us longer because it was the last day of submission and there were a lot of people who were there. Pilipino nga naman! We waited for the USTET forms inside a room in TYK, where I thought of coming with her to experience the state university. It was such a coincidence that I was not in my uniform because if I were, I wouldn’t really go. I don’t like stares. Really. I was in my yellow top because that day was declared a Yellow Day due to the PCCL finals. We won by the way! Sana talaga UAAP na lang yun.

Before going to UP, we had to take a detour to Jeng’s dorm for things she had to get. We even bumped into Nikki who is also Jeng’s roommate and our batchmate in high school. And then we rode the UP Ikot jeep (it was my first time!) to the Economics building. I forgot how they call the place.

She cut her first class because of the trip to UST and it was another coincidence that she has a break. We came even before 2:30 giving us a longer time to “bond.” Yes naman! Ha ha! I got to finally try UP’s isaw. We bought from a different stall because according to my tour guide (ha ha,) “hindi naman masarap yung *beep beep*” I had to censor the name to not cause trouble. She said that this other stall is much better. This was my order:

Isaw manok (2)
Isaw baboy (1)
Tenga (2)

We went back to their building to meet up with my niece Kathleen, who is Jeng’s orgmate, and chill some more. I also found out that they were having an event for the applicants of EcoSoc. I was so envious because, as I told Jeng, parties and org events should be approved first before we go on to what we want to do. And org applications are limited to the “application week” (hindi ko maalala yung tawag, sareehh.) Except for The Varsitarian maybe who accepts during the second semester. Also, because UST is a Catholic university, we follow a strict rule when it comes to clothes. I looked stupid and fatter in my pants. I enjoyed looking at their outfits though! The only time I felt sorry for myself for dressing that way was when I saw myself in the mirror. Ha ha ha! And by the way, Jeng’s last class was declared free cut. I don’t know why but fate seemed like it was teaming up with us that day.

#feelingartist #bakitbaakohumahashtag

Let’s move on from my self-pity to their event. Jeng introduced me to her college barkada. I love how she introduced me as her grade school barkadaParang isang in your face yun sa friends niya kasi I’ve know her longer kahit mas cool sila sa akin. Bwahaha, echos! The party’s theme was so cute! They had party hats, candies, candies and more candies, giant pizzas, chicken lollipops, pork barbecues, cotton candies, dirty ice cream, cupcakes, and games! It was held in one of the rooms. It was really the reason why I thought about blogging this.

Yes, you read her name tag right. She was supposedly the Goddess of UP. I guess her friends just got used to her daydreaming. :P =))

You guys are aware of bucket lists, right? Because of the event, I got to tick an entry off my list. I’ve said before in this blog that I’ve been to two schools my whole life. I wanted to be inside a classroom of a school/university I wasn’t part of. Be inside not just because I am enrolled there or because an event I am required to go to (say, MTAP.) Well technically, I wasn’t part of EcoSoc but I was physically present. Heh! Hindi ko na kokontrahin sarili ko, ha ha! Jeng said that the room is one of the patapon ones but regardless of its function, it is a classroom that their org used for something.

Little chocolate cupcakes

I actually had a lot of realizations when I was there. While I was seated in one of the benches and watching my friend be really hyper with her college friends. It was a sad realization though. That I should have studied well in high school so that I got to try for UP. So at least I had the courage to take UPCAT and didn’t degrade myself too much. That UP is really for smart people and I knew I can do it, as long as I don’t bum too much.

Don’t get me wrong though. I love UST more than you know. I love the experiences UST has brought me. I don’t think I’ll be this persistent if not for my university. I may not be as smart as those who are in UP or as fashionable as them, but I have the best darn friends you could ever have in UST. I am not saying this just because I am confronted by reality but because I know it is true. Also, I don’t think I can compete with all the geniuses in one school.

Maybe this is something I wouldn’t experience again soon. Or maybe something I wouldn’t experience again ever. But I’m just glad that even for a short time, I experienced to be an Iska. (Baka nga wala pa sa kalingkingan ng pagiging iskolar ng bayan yun eh.)

Breaking the Break

While a lot of people are busy refreshing myUste, I am in a state of boredom. Doesn’t really make a good comparison. Hah! I got to enter the website already but my grades are not there yet so I don’t care (for now)

Today ends the first week of semestral break. And to cap it off, I got sick during the day. I was just laying around all day watching 2 Broke Girls or The Big Bang Theory on my laptop, whichever finishes downloading first. It might suck for most people that I’m spending my vacation just focused on catching up with my series but I don’t mind. I really don’t get to do this during school days. Also if I’m not in front of this technology, I catch up on reading. I’ve been reading The Lovely Bones and it’s already a month since I started. After The Girl Who Played with Fire, my tiredness grew in along with my love for reading. How weird.

Well I’m not really a boring person. A part of me wants to delete the paragraph before this but I won’t because I’m a proud bookworm.

In my last blog post, I argued about going out and having fun. Well, for the first time, I went out with my college friends on a Friday night. It almost didn’t happen because of a lot of circumstances that occurred among us. But we got over it and we enjoyed the night so much. I believe it was because we were all open to what each one of us had in mind.

I really don’t know what to add anymore but I want this part to be published so I’m ending it with this. Or with this:

I love my college barkada so much. You guys have no idea how much strength they’ve been giving me whenever I feel down. Most times I don’t tell them but just the thought that they’re open to listening makes me feel loved. Just like what they say, we have our own beauty. And that I have to own the beauty that I have. I have the lowest self-esteem ever but they are there to boost me up whenever I need it (or not). Especially with the latest “tragedy” that had happened to me, they were just there to support. I love you girls. So much! ♥

Lis, me, Orange, Jec, and Pritz ♥