How I started doing better in school

Originally posted by butteryplanet

I’ve made it a point to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses every semester, and it’s been helpful in keeping myself disciplined - this is important because I can be so inconsistent and lazy sometimes. Adjusting and making sure I’m on track with my school goals is something I’ve been moderately conscious of, and made me less prone to cramming a semester’s kembot action at the end of the sem. So far, here’s a list of changes I made that allowed me to do better in school:

1. Work hard < Work smart

I’ve grown into a habit of having a lot on my plate, and there are times that it has served as a hindrance to being fully present in all my commitments. It’s important to know your limits, and to know what tasks you should be focusing your energy on. Knowing when I should put a hold on some org commitments, applications, and number of units to take in a sem have allowed me to have an ample amount of time to do all the work that’s asked of me - it allowed for better quality output, that’s made with my full understanding, effort, heart, and energy. It’s always depth over breadth.

2. Fall absolutely in love with your professors

I really don’t mean this in a romantic or teacher’s pet kind of way, I genuinely love all my professors. Appreciating the time they put into coming to class, and seeing the class as a “meeting” or mentor-mentee kind of thing made me more motivated to study. I realized that not all students will get to experience a lecture by most, if not all, of my profs, and seeing this as more of a once in a lifetime opportunity changed the way I looked at my classes. Ewan, I’m probably a nerd. Lol.

3. Be honest in your work

I started doing a lot better when I stopped trying to impress, and just started approaching my projects and papers with an understanding that I could best express. It’s ok to not have big words or a mind-blowing insight. At times, I’d falter because of this - I’d be so engrossed with bringing a new concept to the table, with little understanding of what I’m talking about. This results to having a poorly-written paper, with lots of holes and questions you will be unprepared to answer.

Having your own take and insights are important, and greatly appreciated by professors. Just make sure you have an in-depth understanding of what you want to say, and that it is written and made with the best of your abilities.

4. Read the syllabus

I hear professors complain about this a lot, and they have a point, we should really start reading the syllabus more. Having an outline for the course and a heads-up on all the deliverables is convenient, and helps a lot when having to understand where we’re at in the course. I’m unsure of how common this is, but I used to get deductions every now and again from not reading the syllabus (on format, etc). Best to save yourself from the unnecessary mistakes and going to class unprepared!

5. At least *try* to make extra time for your subjects - consult!

I learned from my German prof that you need to study twice the number of hours of the class’ length to master the lesson properly. This means that aside from attending a 1-hour class, for example, you’ll need to allot 2 hours after that for studying/reviewing the lesson - this is the ideal way to study, according to her. 

I’ve tried applying this, though I don’t get to do it consistently. What I found helpful, though, is also finding time for consultation. It has always been helpful for me to clarify or double check my understanding of the lesson, especially when I’m unsure if I was able to comprehend it the way it should have been taken. Consultation gives room for a better and more-informed grasp of the lesson, and shows your prof that you value the subject.

It’s the first day of my summer semester tomorrow, and I have yet to sort all my readings from last sem and prepare myself for the extra early mornings ahead. 🙁 Academics have been more manageable as semesters go by, and it’s really good to see my performance progress and my work ethic develop over time. Here’s to one more year before graduation!


Someone asked me to make tips for the ACET, and of course I gladly would. So other than the tips I posted about CETs, here’s some ACET-related tips. I will be asking my ADMU friends to help too, and I’ll update this everytime I learned a new tip for you guys! I hope this helps anyone who’ll be taking the ACET, and I wish you guys the best of luck in all your CETs :)

1.) Don’t look around. If you do, not only will you get distracted, but you might also get intimidaed when you see someone who finished the test already, or someone who seems to be answering the test so fast. Just CALM DOWN and FOCUS.
2.) Start inputting your intelligent guesses when the time is OVER. There’s usually a couple of seconds before the next test starts, so use that time to shade the questions you haven’t answered.
3.) Do the lazer beam answer. I forgot the right term, but it’s when you answer all you guesses with just the same letter so that you have a bigger chance of getting correct answers.
4.) Don’t follow “B is the best” “C is the key”, my tip is to check which letter you dominantly answered in that portion and pick that letter to lazer. See, I believe that when the test maker of that portion types in the choices, they have this unconscious habbit of picking similar letters to put the right answer in. That’s something I learned from Criminal Minds, there is always a pattern.
5.) If you’re starting to panic or getting a mental block, stop for a second and breathe. It helps you relax and clears your mind off unnecessary things.

1.)AC math during my time (yuck, I sound so old) wasn’t as good as Ateneo or Xavier, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and that’s not me being boastful or anything. So don’t go into the room dreading math because it might affect your attitude, and attitude can affect your outcome.
2.) Study what you learned in your summer review programs or in your CETs oriented books. No matter what school you may come from, it’s best to study from those books and not your high school books since those are what’ll come out.
3.) Practice makes perfect. Especially when it comes to those topics you hate so much.
4.) Scan through the pages and look for the ones that are easy to solve, and are fast to calculate. Remember, whether a question is hard or not, it’s still the same point equivalence, so why not do the easy ones first? :)
5.) In some cases, it’s better to input the answer to the equation rather than solving for it. This goes especially for people who take time when it comes to age and money problems.
6.) Math is hard, so don’t panic when you don’t finish it. I DIDN’T finish mine completely. I only guessed.
7.) If you REALLY don’t know how to solve for it, or you just can’t seem to get the answer right, pick the one closest to your answer. Shade it lightly, and leave a mark beside the number so you can go back to it later.

1.) Use your imagination and imagine it actually forming
2.) Start with the easy shapes first, not the super complicated looking ones, unless you’re really good at it

1.) for abstract reasoning, what I did was, I didn’t look at ALL the shapes in the box, what I did was I only focused on two. I observed the motion of only two objects within the box, and from there you can already see the pattern of the movement of the shapes. It’s easier AND saves you time.

I don’t know if you guys will have this, but we certainly did. We had another essay during the ACET itself, and here are my tips on making a great essay:
1.) The question is usually ADMU related, so don’t forget to write ADMU’s virtues and beliefs into your answer.
2.) Mention how you feel ADMU will help you, or how you think ADMU will give you the best oppurtunity (this may vary depending on the question)
3.) Put personality into your essay. Don’t be a robot who just says what you think ADMU would want. You should also put your truthful answer and show them your beautiful personality :)
4.) Don’t make it too long, but not too short either. Go straight to the point
5.) The essay for me, was along with reading comprehension if I’m not mistaken, and so use your time wisely

So those are my tips. I hope it helps! Thank you for taking the time to read this, and always remember never to panic. Don’t think about the results just yet, instead, think of the test. Focus on the task at hand, and believe in yourself. Don’t get intimidated by others and don’t be scared when you feel like the test is hard. I honestly found the ADMU test hard. I didn’t finish anything completely, I always had guesses in each portion of the test, well, except the essay. And last but not the least, do what works for you, not what works for everybody else. If eating makes you think more, then eat. If it distracts you, then don’t. I suggest that you have practice tests at home, and try different ways of doing it (e.g. eating, not eating, drinking, stretching, etc) and check which way works for you.


Why I think my sister should choose UP.

DISCLAIMER 1: It is not the intention of the author to bash, depreciate or speak against the two universities to be mentioned in this entry or any of the persons with which the two are associated.

DISCLAIMER 2: But since the author, along with both his parents, is a graduate of UP, some partiality towards the said school is to be expected.

My sister Miriam has always been intelligent. Being born (as mentioned in one of the disclaimers) to a son and a daughter of the University of the Philippines, it did not really come out as a surprise. In fact, all four of my parents’ children are intelligent in our ways. Though looking back, I used to be a straight line-of-nine student back in grade school. It was in high school that I seemed to have lost my touch – roughly the same time Miriam started getting really high grades in elementary school. Therefore, she must have gotten her smarts from me…and neglected to leave some.

Kidding aside, bright as she is, our province, and the Philippines at large, has quite a subjective educational system – one where grades don’t really matter and when they do, sometimes it’s because they were directly converted from donations. My sister is currently third in her batch in terms of academic standing. I felt for some time that she has been underrated, even stereotyped as the easygoing popular girl, known more for her beauty than her brains. It was early this year when entrance exam results came a-posting that I reaffirmed my faith in her abilities.

I was at work trying to focus on my therapy session when news about Miriam passing the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) with flying colors flooded my Twitter and Facebook notifications. When I saw the posts myself and found out that she qualified for the Economics-Honors program and was actually a Freshman Merit Scholar (full tuition and other fees) I immediately switched to proud kuya mode and shared the news, both personally and virtually, to anyone who would listen (or read). Being UP-biased, it went in my mind at the time that it was “just Ateneo” but the Merit Scholar part couldn’t be ignored, so I let the givers of congratulations be and even thank them in my sister’s behalf. Two weeks later, the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) results came out saying that MICIANO, Miriam Celine Jimenez passed and qualified for the BA Business Administration program, but an asterisk also said that some deficient documents must be submitted. Our family wasn’t very impressed with the need to pass additional requirements and the apparent lack of scholarship grants so we accepted for some time that Miriam will be going to Ateneo. A couple of weeks later, a letter came to the doorstep of our Marinduque home that contained news more explosive than the stomach flu I was nursing at the time – my sister, the third in her class and almost surely an Atenean by spirit, is a UP Oblation Scholar. Just like that, plans to move to Katipunan, perfect the Atenean twang and buy a pair of Blue Eagles Havaianas were put on hold. The real decision-making began.

DISCLAIMER 3: All names of sources of the opinions, arguments and musings mentioned herewith are either changed or withheld to protect their privacy.

Opinions, both solicited and otherwise, on which school to enter are mixed, to say the least. My sister, and the whole family with her, is stuck in the middle of the proverbial battle between public and private school education. So far, and probably because I’m partial to UP, most of the reasons I hear from the pro-Ateneo party are those that are not sound enough (an aunt having Atenean colleagues with way better professional behaviors than their UP counterparts – small sample size), misleading (Ateneo is a private school and it’s always safer to go for a private school – hazings and sex scandals happen in private schools, too), and shallow (UP has rooms with no air-conditioning – must not have heard of electric fans and abanicos). UP, on the other hand, is more world-renowned (you’d have more chances of getting a job overseas once ‘University of the Philippines’ is seen from your resume, a friend says), and knowledge-wise, it arguably offers the best foundations.

For the sake of objectivity, below is a comparison made by a friend who is known for being very organized and fair. Notice that I will use some of the items on this list in my arguments.

COST OF LIVING (tuition fees not included because of scholarship grants)

Ateneo: Still expensive.

UP: Cheaper.


Incomparable because one is private and the other is public.

GUYS (must consider because Miriam is after all a girl)

Ateneo: Many are Filipino-Chinese.

UP: Guys come in all shapes and sizes.


Both cultivate the arts, creativity and freedom of expression, though some colleges in Ateneo purportedly have dress codes.


Ateneo: Expect the sons and daughters of big-time politicians, magnates and other celebrities for classmates.

UP: ‘A microcosm of society’ (BL, 2012)


Ateneo: Is king in basketball.

UP: Competitive in all other sports except basketball.


Both schools have expansive networks of connections.

Speaking of networks, perhaps the soundest argument in favor of Ateneo that I’ve heard is the wide web of connections the school could offer – a crucial factor, since Miriam chooses to take the corporate path. One will supposedly be cared for in college and beyond. You’ll never have a hard time finding a job if you’re from Ateneo, they said. Though as mentioned in the comparo, “both schools have expansive networks of connections” and based on my equally limited interactions with UP and Ateneo business graduates, I happen to agree. They say you’ll never have a hard time becoming successful in Ateneo. I say the prestige of UP is unparalleled. Just seek and you will get a job, just like Ateneo, except the challenges of being in a public school – I’m sure most people know or understand what I mean – build character.

To be really fair with both schools, I did consider Ateneo for my sister to be what UP was and still is for me.  But I instantly rooted for UP the moment I found out Miriam is an Oblation Scholar – a status that, when maintained and lived up to, is so esteemed that there might come a day when connections would be next to irrelevant, as companies would go looking for her instead. I would even be bold enough to state here that UP Oblation Scholar beats Ateneo Merit Scholar anytime in this lifetime.

Whatever arguments I present here, those in favor of Ateneo will remain so and such is also true for those in favor of UP. Please know however that I am very close with my sister, much so that I admit to sometimes considering her to be a twin that came seven years after me. We are just so alike in looks, smarts (though she may need to snort a pint of rugby for her IQ to decrease to my level), and most especially, personality. What she did not inherit, for better or worse, are my street-smarts and scumbag attitude, making her in my opinion too sweet and too fierce for her own good, and making me feel even more compelled to look after her, hence this entry. And bound that I am to ensuring her well-being, I feel that she is better off becoming instilled with UP values than those of Ateneo.

But what are these values of UP as opposed to Ateneo? For this, I think it is but warranted to have a…

DISCLAIMER 4: The following are insights on what is commonly perceived to be the image of the typical student of UP or Ateneo. The author acknowledges the fact that individuals from these schools are after all individuals and thus have their individual personalities and leanings.

It is known to all how…proud students of UP and Ateneo are of their respective universities. We see them in college jokes, blogs, statement tees – we even hear an occasional Isko or an Atenista bragging about how awesome their school is and how difficult it is to get into and/or stay in that school. But what really are these people (myself included) crowing about? To make things just a bit clearer, I’m including yet another comparo, this time made by myself with the help of my closest Atenean friend whom, after years of debating on which school is better and overwhelming each other with blue and maroon auras, have finally developed respect for each other’s alma mater. I’m sure there are other values for each school but for the sake of this entry, I am stating only three:


Ateneans, according to my friend, are lucky to have received the right kind of education, therefore, they must develop the right attitude and be humble. She, my friend, also admits that this isn’t always the case. Many of us have probably seen that characteristic angas ng Atenista – the confident posture, the captivating loquaciousness, the mindset that nothing would go wrong – the picture of the person non-Atenean DotA players in Katipunan would love to beat the crap out of. The arrogant Isko on the other hand can be a nerd who aced the Trigonometry exam the day he forgot to bring his calculator, the rugged tibak who beat a famous senator in an on-air argument, or he could be just like the aforementioned Atenista, but with insane DotA skills and the ability to pull an all-nighter scoring triple kills and still get a 1.0 in his departmental exam the following day. Ateneans HAVE plenty of reasons to be confident – money, fame, talent, etc. UPians CAN HAVE plenty of reasons to be confident – but intelligence of whatever form is always one of them. Whereas Ateneans believe they receive the right education and so they become smarter, UPians believe they already have the brains to be proud of, and UP is there because they may not get to nurture their intelligence that well anywhere else.


Ateneans believe in magis – the value that entails one to do more than what is asked and strive for excellence. “Going the extra mile” as another Atenean friend once said. For UPians on the other hand, excellence is the norm. Being anywhere below excellent is ideally unbecoming of an Isko.


Now here in my opinion lies the main difference between UP and Ateneo. The reason I could not understand Ateneans for years before and the reason I would not want if I could help it for my sister to “take the Blue”. TheAtenista is groomed to be a “man (or woman) for others”. It falls within this premise that the world isn’t fair, and as Ateneans, it is their responsibility to be of help, to extend a hand to others, to have a solution to the world’s injustices.

UP on the other hand has the catchphrase “serve the people”. Being an Iskolar ng Bayan, a student funded by the nation (at least theoretically), the UPian is responsible for giving back to their country by means of helping in whatever way they can, or to use the term, “service”. I believe the choice of terminology spells the difference between the UPian and the Atenean contribution to society.

Before I go further on, let me go back to the values I would want Miriam to inherit in her tender and volatile years of late adolescence. I am not sorry for shifting topics.

Don’t get me wrong, magis is a very sensible value a person could carry with. Coupled with UP’s excellence-is-expected mentality, my sister could go places. ‘Nuff said.

We were raised by our parents to be frugal and shun extravagance as much as possible. I’m pretty sure my friends could attest to that. I also grew up believing that it’s okay to brag, as long as it’s about something you actually have. I probably got it from my aunt and it’s way different from “If you got it, flaunt it”, which somehow dictates that you have to boast, whereas my belief merely suggests that it’s just okay to be a little arrogant. Anyhow, I grew up and matured (more or less) never showing off in terms of material wealth. I may buy new clothes and gadgets once in a while but that’s it. I never fail however to dazzle people, especially new acquaintances with my bright ideas. Sometimes, they get overwhelmed and they think me weird or too far out, but whatever happens, I leave the impression that I am a person with a brain fat and nutritious enough to bestow life upon the fortunate zombie who gets to ingest it. I’m a classic UPian in that aspect, and if I could help it, I want Miriam to be proud of something that she has, not something that she would try to have to keep up with her higher profile peers. She doesn’t have to brag, I do actually hope she will not. But she could be confident to be in a place where her intellect gets to be nurtured and appreciated.

Back to serving versus being a person for others, how different is one from the other, really? I guess it all boils down to the presence of empathy. To quote the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, empathy is defined as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner”. In other words, empathy is feeling and experiencing for the other person. I will not use a dictionary for the following terms but using my Atenean friend’s terminology,“helping” or “extending a hand” connotes that the other person is of a less favorable status than the one who offers help. The praise about the world not being fair seemed to have given more support to the idea. “Serving” on the other hand, connotes that the person in question is of the same state as  oreven less than that of the recipient of the service.

We’ve heard of this before – Ateneans doing outreach programs, giving canned goods, providing stress debriefing and stuff. Ateneans doing charity work. And there’s nothing wrong with doing charity work except that, in my opinion, it degrades the dignity of the ones who receive it. UPians on the other hand prefer to do community immersions. And the difference between an outreach and a community immersion is that there should be as little distance as possible between giver and receiver, much so that “reaching out” will no longer be necessary.

This isn’t to say of course that all Ateneans do are outreach programs and all UPians do are community immersions. Like previously mentioned, it is not my intention to downplay any school, let alone their method of contributing to society. If Ateneo actually does community immersion – specifically at least spending a week or two, maybe more, in a foster home, sharing bread and salt and roof with your host, feeling and thus taking into serious regard their agrarian and fiscal concerns, and of course doing your share of manual labor – then shame on me. Otherwise, you, my dear Atenean readers, may need to learn a thing or two about being men and women with empathy for others.

To summarize, my wish is for my sister to grow into an intelligent and empathizing individual with true humility but can be proud of and for herself once in a while. I want her to be habitually excellent and go far and up, except she’ll take people up with her and not under her. Of course, choosing between UP and Ateneo is still her decision to make. But whichever she picks, her outspoken and extremely assertive kuya just won’t stand here without speaking his mind and giving his two cents. Make that a few bucks.

Both schools are well-respected and it is indeed very hard to pick just one. But being empathizing towards my sister, feeling and trying to understand her needs and abilities, I say she must choose UP. It is the way to go – always was and always will.

“Hindi magbabago ang damdamin…”


Happy birthday to you my sweet sister! Kuya loves you whether you wear maroon or blue. 

Team Ateneo Forever!

One for the BLUE and WHITE!

Congratulations Lady Spikers! Job well done.

Pero yung totoo? Mga Ateneo Fans/Atenista? Ang sakit lang no? Sasabihin ko na. P*TA***NA!

Yung moment na SOLID NA SOLID kang Ateneo Fan, tapus, ganun na lang? De joke lang. HAHAHA. Ang sakit lang talaga eh.

Pagkatapos ng dismissal, naghanap pa ako sa cousin ko. Naglakad papunta sa bahay ng ikinasal na Older Cousin ko. Ang init-init pa. Nagpumilit na i-open ang TV sa Studio 23 para lang makapanood ng game. Yung mga effort na ginawa para lang sa Lady Eagles.

Pero hindi naman kasi ako nasaktan dahil natalo sila (ADMU Lady Eagles)

Nasaktan lang ako nung nakita ko na silang lahat na umiyak especially the FAB 5. Graduating na sila. Last game na nila to. Wish pa naman nila na maging champion sila. Pero yun ang tinakda.

Naging inspirasyon at idol ko na sila for a very long time. Naging fan na nila ako simula pa noong 2008. Especially ang pinakamagandang nilalang na nakilala ko sa buong mundo na si Alyssa Valdez.


Nakita ko na silang umiyak, samantalang ako, trying hard na hindi iiyak, pero nung nakita ko na ang FAB 5, ibinuhos ko na. Umiyak ako ng sobra na tinawanan pa ako ng tengeneng pinsan ko.

Okay na sa akin na nanalo ang DLSU. Ang galing nga nila. Idol ko din sila dahil sa sportsmanship, strength at ang connection nila sa isa’t-isa. Idol ko nga dun si Abigail Marano.

Pero dahil Solid Ateneo Fan ako, mula pa sa tiyan ng nanay ko, susuportahan ko sila hanggang sa huli. Win or lose.


Photo credits: Alyssa Valdez (Fanpage) on FB

REPOSTING: My Ateneo Essay

“Are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realized that have helped to define you as a person?” 

             Everything from my past is a prerequisite of what I am right now. Every moment, every experience, every person I have encountered made me the person I am today. All of those things are significant parts that make up my whole personality.


             As a dynamic figure, still thriving to prepare myself for a better future, I’m already exposed with many things. At the age of 8, I already had mall shows from my Singing workshops. At the age of 10, I already had recital in Ateneo’s Henry Lee Irwin S.J. theater. From those various workshops, my self-confidence was boost, and I was trained to face big crowds. If it wasn’t from those workshops my mom insisted me to enroll at, I wouldn’t be as confident as I am today. It made me to be active in school programs, and helped me academically. I have been a consistent honor student since 1st grade, but little did I know that my rollercoaster ride was about to reach its big drop. Just last school year, third year, was the worst year of my life in terms of academics. I didn’t even get into the top 5 in any quarter (which I used to be). I was so ignorant of what seemingly are small things in school. I just didn’t care less. I stayed up all night long surfing the net, texting, using my ipod, calling on the phone. I always forget to do my homeworks, fail seatworks, some quizzes and submit projects a day or two after the deadline. They pretty much cover just a small percentage of the grade distribution, but then, almost all of my grades went downfall. March came; the announcement of the top 10 students for Recognition Day was on that day. Some of my classmates were called… and I wasn’t. That was the biggest frustration I have ever had in my life. I know it was my fault. I didn’t even think that it might affect my record when I apply to universities. I was so irresponsible, and ignorant. Today, I’m already in my senior year. Hence, I won’t make the same mistakes I made during my junior year. I already learned to prioritize things, and set my goals. I am motivated today. I swear to myself, I will deliver a speech on our graduation day. It is from those mistakes and frustrations that we find our motivation. The junior year was my wake-up call. Maybe God really planned that to happen, so I could open up my eyes, and change for the better.

             I have been in that point in life where I am in the middle of knowing myself and knowing what has life to offer me. Just like what Artistotle once said, “Knowing oneself, is the beginning of all wisdom”. I am constantly experiencing things that have changed my outlook in life. Having enemies and problems are natural aspects of life. There is always that moment when you have to stand up for something, for what you believe. Then people find you wrong, thus tend to oppose and argue with you. Whichever side you’re in, whether you’re in the right or wrong side, if you really believe in something, then you should stand up for yourself. But nonetheless you have to accept your mistake, learn from it. Acceptance is not the real key to make things better, I suppose. It is what you will do next after you realize your mistakes. I have been through with several of these, and maybe sometimes I lose to defend my side, but I have learned to be brave, courageous, willing to eat my pride and admit my mistakes that make me a bit of a winner, after all.


             Unbeknownst to many people, I am often seen in church on Thursdays and Sundays. My family has been very religious, and devoted to God. But there’s this one time, when I question God why are things falling apart, why are these things happening to me? I’m slowly losing my faith in Him. Things stayed the same. One day, I prayed to God, and then things eventually turned out differently. Maybe things didn’t result to what I expected it to be, but I felt better after when I secure myself to him. I felt that big relief and security with God by my side. In those times, in the middle of adversities, God is only our hope, and with what happened, my faith strengthened and I have become more devoted to Him.


              Every moment is “now”, now is eternal. If you wouldn’t make a difference today, when will you? You must be the change you want to see in others. Now, I’m entirely a different person, I must say. All of what I encountered, from those people I just bump onto to the accomplishments I have achieved in life, are part of what I am today. I have learned to be responsible, to prioritize things, to fight for what I believe, to be courageous to face things, to treasure what I have, to strengthen my faith in God, to be a better person. I can now walk with my chin up and head held high; I am a completely better person today.


Basketball is a sort of life and death game here in my country. (I’m from the Philippines.) It’s not just the professional league, or the national team but every basketball tournament there is. May it be on National TV or just the basketball games within your school or village.

When I entered college, I was introduced to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). It’s the sports fest of the universities in the Philippines. It’s a big thing here, especially for the students and especially for two schools in particular. DLSU and ADMU. La Salle and Ateneo.

I’m a graduate of the former school and my best friend is a graduate of the other school. I usually avoid him because he usually is a big fan of the game and it’s pretty much not just the players who fight it out but the fans, students, alumni as well.

Today was no different. The second round meet up of the two schools was today and once again the fight was not just on court but on the internet as well. I wasn’t able to watch the game but I was overjoyed that my school won and from I was hearing it was quite a game.

It is a well known fact that DLSU and ADMU are rivals. But rivals, not enemies. They still respect one another. I mean I do not dis my best friend whenever there is a game. Sure, we tease each other but it ends there.

My father has told me stories of some Lasallians destroying Ateneans’ cars after the game or Ateneans throwing bottles at the Green Archers’ bus.

I guess the enemies are the fans themselves. The rivals are the teams but everyone else are just downright enemies. They pretty much are there to hurt the other. A hostile force.

Today’s game was supposed to show a sign of unity. They had asked everyone to attend wearing white, a sign of unity against the pork barrel scam that the country is currently facing and yet even with a show of “unity” the crowd was still divided and it was easy for them to turn on each other.

My parents have repeatedly mentioned that it was just a game. A priest that I admire gave a homily once that Jesus asks us to love one another, to love our enemies and yet it was hard to love someone when they’re basketball jersey is of a different color.

We are fans of the sport but until what point do we act like a die-hard fan and a fellow human being? What point until we see that our constant bickering online and our rants will do us no good? When will we see that the energy we put in bashing the other side could be of better use on other things?

DLSU and ADMU are rivals. They’re not enemies. They strive to achieve the same thing which is to educate the Filipino students under their care. They respect each other.

In basketball, it’s the same story. DLSU and ADMU both wish to bring honor to their school. But enough is enough. Once the game is done, shake hands and look forward to the next game. Sportsmanship is not just for the players but for the fans as well.

Congratulations to both the Green Archers and the Blue Eagles, both teams played well and both teams deserved to win but in the end Archers came on top but Eagles will always bounce back.

Now stop the hate and proceed with the love. Basketball is just a sport. Part of life but not as a whole.

Thank you, Facebook.

The Ateneo de Manila Class of 2017/2018 Facebook group is seriously the GREATEST THING EVER! :))

The thought of going to college in a different country has me both excited and nervous. I figured I might as well make the most out of the batch Facebook group and try making as many friends/acquaintances as possible before I get there to make the transition a little easier. I must say, I have talked to some really awesome people! But there’s a problem… they’re making me even more excited and anxious to go to Ateneo! They’re also making me more upset that I’ll be missing OrSem, but hey, I gotta walk the stage. :3 Just from the simple conversations I’ve had with a number of coursemates and non-coursemates, I can already tell that I’m going to meet some amazing people and have a blast in college.

I have 4 weeks left until I personally meet these awesome people on the first day of classes, and there are really only three words to describe how I feel right now….

Anyway, whatever happens, I know the Lord has His plans for me.  Wherever I end up attending college, it’s His will.  Sometimes I just get those feelings of what-ifs.  And I can’t help but feel the anxiety, because I know how much I really want this.  But at the end of the day, the decision is His, and I will forever be grateful for having been given such opportunities.