1st-sem

i was in class earlier which is in a computer lab and i was sitting next to a 4th semester student (the class is 1st sem), i shared some timbits with him, the usual canadian citizen thing, and later after working on a model he started playing overwatch.

these computers can run overwatch?

“yeah, but not on high settings”

and i see him queue up for competitive. he can’t even talk because there’s a class going. i wish i was this powerful

Are AP/ IB classes worth the struggle? College Admissions Advice #2

*For this post I will mostly be mentioning AP classes bc that was my experience in high school although AP and IB classes represent the same thing. 

Disclaimer: I am not a college admission’s person, this was just my experience.

Ok so, the struggle with AP classes can be so real. The biggest difference between AP classes and “regular” classes is the rigor. AP classes either expect a crazy amount of dedication or give you hours of homework. Or sometimes the teacher who teaches the AP class will be so lazy that the class will be “an easy A.” In all honesty, this isn’t a rare case. Most of these classes are supposed to be taught at the college level but aren’t always.

The thing about AP classes is that they can focus so much on what might be on the AP test, (the test you might take at the end of the course) the course itself goes by so fast and you might end up drowning with all the information thrown at you. The point of AP classes (for the teachers) is to give their students as much information as they can, in hope they are prepared for the AP test.

So are AP/ IB classes worth the struggle?

Colleges look at students who take or have taken AP classes as students who went “above and beyond”. Even if you don’t pass the AP test, colleges see that you’ve taken advantage of what a public school/ private school has offered you. 

The best thing you can do as a high school student who may want to be in an AP class is to find out from other students (from past years) about how the teacher teaches. 

HOW A TEACHER TEACHES IS SO IMPORTANT. 

We all know those teachers who literally read off of power points and bore the whole class to death while also cram 3 exams in one week. If you’re a lazy student like me, those may be the classes you want to avoid.

But then there are these amazing, inspiring teachers who actually teach their subject well and you find yourself not dreading the class. These are the classes you want. 

 A teacher teaching style matters, especially for an AP class so just keep that in mind. 

Additionally, because AP classes boost your GPA, you may want to consider exactly how rigorous the course may be because it could affect your Cumulative GPA. Getting a C in an AP class is worse than an A in a regular class. 

Ok so in my experience, Junior Year is when shit gets real. Many college bound kids will take 3-5 AP Classes, and although this is what most kids do, you need to think about yourself and whether this is wise. If you know what types of classes you're getting yourself into and you know how to manage your time with those classes and sports and etc…then go right ahead. However, know that the month of May is HELL for AP students because of

  1. All the AP Test you have to take
  2. Finals
  3. SAT/ ACT testing are scheduled around this time
  4. Senior Activities (if you’re a Senior)

So just know yourself and know what you can handle. If you have a passion for a certain subject, I’d recommend taking that course because you might find the class easier and you might actually like what you’re learning. But if you know you aren’t great at math, then don’t take an AP Calc class. (etc)

As long as you do your research on teachers, the class, and know that you can manage your time, then do you. 

As far as College Admissions goes, failing an AP class isn’t the best thing to have on your transcript. It is important to mention that they don’t mind if your transcript shows improvement over time. I took an AP class my freshman year and got a D the 1st Sem and a C the 2nd Sem, but I still continued to take AP classes. Just showing that you took advantage of the classes that were offered shows that you’re likely to flourish in a college environment. More competitive colleges will acknowledge more competitive students but there are other ways to make yourself look competitive. 

My best classes have been AP classes because I liked the subjects I was taught and I would recommend taking AP classes if you can. But if AP classes are not for you, but college is, then look for loop holes. Trust me, you’ll find them.

MEDTECH 101 (Long post ahead. Pardon)

Ano nga ba ang medtech?

Simpleng tao sasabihin:“Ahhh ano ba yun?” some will be like “Ahh yung tagakuha ng dugo sa ospital?” may pahabol pa: “Yung nagte-test ng poopoo saka weewee!”

Kala nila, simple lang. Pero ang daming principles na kelangan mong isapuso once na nag decide kana na “Medical Technology. Eto na. Eto na yung gusto kong degree program sa college.”

Mahirap? I’ll be a hypocrite if I’ll say “No.” Because indeed it is.

Am I discouraging someone here? Hell no. Let’s be realistic people.

Dahil ako mismo, dumanas at dumaranas ng agony inflicted by this. Pero eto plano ni God eh. So I must take my part and do my best.

So let me just give you some sort of “insight” kung ano ba talaga ang “Medical Technology” at anong mangyayari sayo while you’re studying this degree program.

Pre-med. Yes.

Maraming aralin. Yes na Yes.

So sa mga incoming first year studentsmadali lang yan. Petiks. Minor subjects eh. Yung tipong English 1 & 2, Filipino 1 & 2, Philippine History, PE, Inorganic Chemistry at Analytical Chemistry (Wag masindak sa chem ng 1st year. Wala ka pang Clinical Chemistry). Pero sa 2nd sem may tinatawag na “Introduction to Medical Technology” training grounds for memorization purposes (I’m talking by experience here). Let’s say, challenging. Pero dito mo na matutunan kung paano kumuha ng dugo (Phlebotomy/Venipuncture). Exciting di ba? 

Para sa incoming 2nd year students naman, may minor pa rin katulad ng PE, Philippine Literature, pero mayAnatomy and Physiology (1st sem) and then Zoology (2nd sem). Masaya mag dissect ng palaka. Swear! Kung worried about sa chem, kapag first sem, Organic Chemistry (Madali? hmmm medyo. Kelangan lang ng memorization skills dito). Second sem naman, Biochemistry (Mahirap? OO. Dahil muntik na akong bumagsak dito. Kung kelangang mag memorize sa Org Chem, dagdagan mo pa dito since mas complex tong bwisit na ‘to hahaha)

Second year ka pa lang pero, ang dami mo ng reklamo kesyo ang daming kelangan ipasa, ang daming quiz! Ang daming test! (Been there, done that. I feel you.) Pero wag mag-aalala, isipin mo na lang, “Incoming 3rd year na ako!!” Nakakaexcite pero pag nandun ka na… Iyak tawa sabay laslas ng pulso (joke lang yung latter part kasi di naman ako naglaslas hahahaha). Kung nadadamihan ka sa inaral nung 2nd year, mas marami ngayong 3rd year. (Disclaimer: I am not discouraging. Sinasabi ko 'to para makapagprepare ka. OO IKAW NA NAGBABASA NITO KUNG INCOMING JUNIOR KA.Para sa kinabukasan mo 'to! hahahaha)

Ayan, 3rd year ka na! Ayan na si First Sem, coming with Bacteriology, Parasitology, Histology, Clinical Chemistry 1, Cytogenetics, Medtech Laws and Ethics at Laboratory Management.

Madali ba? Hindi. Hindi naging madali.

Natatakot ka ba? Nangangamba? Wag. Kung ako kinaya ko, syempre ikaw rin! Wag ka na nga lang magulat na isang gabi, di ka na matutulog dahil may quiz ng sabay ang Bacteriology at Parasitology. May tendency na araw-araw kang makakaranas ng quiz. Kakaquiz mo lang kaninang umaga, may quiz ka na naman sa hapon. Nagquiz kayo ngayon, pero may quiz nanaman bukas. Stop whining if that happens. Pinili mo 'tong degree program na 'to, panindigan mo. 3rd year ka na, susuko ka pa ba?

Kelangan ba ng memorization skillsOO. Matuwa ka na kung magaling ka sa ganyan. Dahil hindi lahat ng estudyante (kahit ako) ang magaling sa memorization. Sabi nga ng prof ko “Familiarization will do” pero sa isip-isip ko “Parehas lang naman yun eh!” So bahala ka na sa diskarte kung paano mo isisiksik sa utak mo ang sandamukal na bacteria at parasites na ni minsan di mo inakalang nageexist pala sa mundo.

Makakatulog ka pa ba ng matiwasay? Wag ng umasa. Baka masaktan ka lang. Kaya, itulog mo na lahat ngayong summer vacation para marami ka ng reserba once AY 2014-2015 begins. Nandyan kasi yung final exam (pinakamadugo sa part ko… bakit?). COVER TO COVER ang coverage. Assessment kuno ng mga prof nyo kung may natutunan talaga kayo (Kasi po, preparation for board exam).

Punta naman tayo sa Second Semester

Bubungad sayo si Immunology and Serology, kasama ang best friend nyang si Hematology accompanied by Clinical Chemistry 2, with special participation of Mycology and Virology, Pharmacology, Analysis of Urine and Body Fluids at ang star ng lahat dahil pag ito ginago mo kahit anong taas ng grade mo di ka gagraduate, RESEARCH 1.

Mahirap? Wag makulit. Expect mo na yan. Pero kung matalino ka na yung tipong kakabasa mo pa lang alam mo na kaagad, eh di ikaw na! 

Wala ulit tulog? Syempre meron! Mga 3-4 hours a day na nga lang. Dahil ito po ay second sem na punung-puno ng mga di mo mawaring bakasyon na nakatala sa kalendaryo, siksik ang lessons. Pero kung kaya mo namang wag mag-aral eh di matulog ka na lang (loljk) Pero nasanay ka na nung first sem di ba? keribels mo na yan!

Madali subjects? Di issue dito kung madali o mahirap dahil depende sa estudyante pero kung ako, syempre hindi! nakailang puyat din ako ngayong sem! Tapos sandamukal pa yung practical exam nyo. Lalo na sa Hematology. Simulan na ang “search and retrieval” operation ng ugat sa mga braso ng mga kaklase mo para pag may practical, alam mo na kung saan tutusok.

Anong meron sa Research 1THESIS. Dito ako nahihirapan. At gusto ko ng magpatiwakal pag naiisip ko to (joke lang! hahaha) Sa amin kasi, inumpisahan na ang Chapter 1-3. Ang kelangan dito eh may mga kagroupmates kang “madaming alam”,“madaming resources”, at higit sa lahat, “madaming pera” hahahaha. Bakit? MAGASTOS.

Pero, ang maipapayo ko lang eh, wag kang sumuko. Wag kang panghinaan ng loob kung may mga times na feeling mo di mo na-exert yung pinaka best mo… at higit sa lahat, wag kalimutang humingi ng tulong kay God. He’ll be always there to enlighten you.

Ngayon outgoing 3rd year na ako… Finals is not yet over baby. Hell week will officially start next week at may defense pa kami ng 3 chapters ng aming pinag-alayan ng dugo na thesis.

Mahaba yung post? Already warned. Nasa title naman. Pero SORRY. Oh well at least na share ko yung mga experiences ko. So kung ikaw ay medtech student or pinagiisipan pa lang na medtech ang kukunin, maraming salamat dahil tinuunan mo 'to ng iyong “precious time”. Wala lang kasi akong magawa kaya naisipan kong gumawa ng isang maala-nobela na post. Patawad na po. I plead. Choss. Kung may mga queries, o di kaya'y confused ka, kelangan mo ng tulong, my ask box is always open 24/7. Feel free to drop some bomb :)

Bye na, mag-aaral pa ako. 

Ilang linggo na lang patapos na yung 1st sem. Ang bilis talaga ng araw. Nung minsan lang namomroblema ako kung magkakaroon ba ako ng kaibigan o makakasundo ko ba mga kaklase ko. Pero ngayon ito malapit na kami maghiwa-hiwalay. Hindi ko na kaklase yung mga Information Systems kasi nag shift ako ng Computer Science. Tas yung mga ComSci kong kaklase mag shift ng IS kasi daw hindi nila kinakaya yung programming. Nakakalungkot din pero bahala sila choice nila yun. Tsaka alam ko naman na pagdating sa college minsan talaga walang permanenteng mga kaibigan. :)

Basta ako, kung papalarin man na after 4 years matapos ko ang kursong Computer Science. Walang mahirap kung mapagaaralan naman. 😊

I am part of a con fraternity. I am an officer. We do initiations and shit. Fraternities/Sororities/ Con fraternities is part of Law School.

Last night someone from the another fraternity from another Law school died during final rights initiations. He was found dead. Thrown on the street. He suffered severe hematoma, bruises, and died of a heart attack.

I am saying this as an officer/member of a confraternity, to those who are entering law school who follow me. Do not attempt to join if you know you cannot take the heat, it is literally not for pussies. You would really be beaten up. It is part of the process. I beat people up too, I am not gonna lie but we never killed anyone. It is juz part of the rituals.

You can survive law school without it. It is true that you will gain massive connections and shit, because the founders are like Judges, Attorneys, Politicians and shit but I personally joined on my 1st year 2nd sem of Law school years ago ‘cause I juz wanted to, I was bored at that time and I wanted another challenge so I did. If you are entering the Law school I am in tho, I can protect you once you join. It is significant that you at least know an officer of the fraternity for protection or you will suffer massively.

I am saying this cause I am against people losing lives because of it. You have to be in the proper mindset once you join such and you have to be able to endure the mental and physical pain. I am against violence. I juz want people to be aware that it is not a joke. Do not join because of mere peer pressure. It is a serious thing.

I just love editing photos that’s why as soon as my schedule came out, I immediately arranged it so that it will be easier for me to check it especially when I’m in a rush (I even made my friends one. I can make you one too, just feel free to message me). Finalized my Class Schedule for my 1st Semester in college. And did I mention that I’m totally in love with my time schedule since it’s not too late and not too early unlike my friends’ who has a class until 9 in the evening?

Lol yup, this is it! Go, Queenie. Stay strong! Aim high, Thomasian.

Ang aking 1st sem, Grade. Wala pang P.E. Okay naman. Yung History ko nga lang. Well. Ginawa ko naman lahat ng makakaya ko sa History. Hindi ko naman pwedeng sisihin yung sarili ko kasi alam ko naman ang kapasidad ng utak ko, at alam ko naman na mabuti akong Estudyante. Pumapasok naman ako palagi, Nakikinig sa mga lectures, may Interes naman ako sa Lessons, Prof. Saan ako nagkamali? Haha. Okmoveonna.

Yayyy. I’m too excited for my first first semester in college even though it’s still 1 month and a half away. Obviously, I still have to wake up early every day and I’m  clearly not happy for my Monday schedule tho :( And as you can see on my Friday schedule, they have chosen to put me in Arnis class for my P.E. I don’t know if I’m happy with it, but you know, YOLO, so I guess it would be nice for a change rather than putting me in volleyball or worse, folk dance. Hihihihi :>

I would like to present my iskeydyul for 1st sem. Masyado kong papagurin ang sarili sa pag-aaral kasi walang pahinga, pero after non mahaba-haba ang pahinga! hehe :))

Yung NSTP ko minsanan lang daw kaya sulit pahinga sa weekend! :D

SO SA JUNE 14 PA ANG PASUKAN NAMIN, Pero wala akong sched kaya sa 15 na :p

Went to Los Banos for enrollment today :-bd It took sooooo long -.- hulas na hulas na ako pag dating ko sa bahay eh ang ineeeet! effers lang eh. Anyways, this is my sched. Then tomorrow, we will be having our Campus tour, from 1-5 pm maglalakad nanaman kami sa initan sana naman worth it pero okay lang naman din dahil exercise na yon. Mehehe :)) June 8 will be the official start of our classes so, wish us luck! Peacocks-turned- Iskolars ng Bayan! \:D/