When I was in elementary, I consistently get, modesty aside, high grades. When everyone thought that it would last ‘till college, well, everything changes. During high school though, my grades eventually went like a rollercoaster that went topsy turvy. I guess this was because of me being too lazy, lax, out-of-focus and carefree. I didn’t even know how I passed the UPCAT, with its level of difficulty and knowing that the high school grades will also be computed, the results came to me as a surprise. Now that I will enter the most coveted college in the country, I have decided to change my way of living (haha). Well, at least, enough for me to survive the standards the university has set for us.
Here are the 10 Commandments that I am targetting to stick to during my stay in UP:
- FOCUS ON THE LECTURES. This has been one of my biggest problems in high school. With all the chit-chats happening around me, heck, it was so hard to focus on the discussions. And in most occasions, it was hard not to indulge myself in those conversations, hence, being “mentally absent” in that particular subject. Because of this concern, I have decided to prioritize on focusing on the lectures, no matter how boring or how noisy the class is, so that I can easily catch up on the lessons, most importantly in MATH, my most feared subject. :D
- TAKE DOWN NOTES — THE PROPER WAY. Because of my extreme laziness during high school, it is almost a miracle when I jot down notes. But when I take down notes, they’re always like, scattered throughout my notebook. I wasn’t even diligent enough to pick up different notebooks for each subject. My philosophy was that it would be easier for me to review if I were to write notes in only one notebook, hence, a universal notebook was created, haha! But those good ol’ days are finally over and it’s already time for me to organize and be diligent enough to consistently jot down notes.
- USE AN ORGANIZER/PLANNER. I admit, I have difficulty remembering events, people and dates. It’s like I don’t know that I have to run errands on a given day until my mom reminds me. I don’t even remember my scheduled parties, hang-outs and even birthday celebrations!I also depend on my classmates’ posts on facebook for our scheduled tests, homeworks and projects. Now in college, I have made up my mind to buy a planner and organize my life, jotting down each and every scheduled errand, appointment, hang-out, party, homework and anything that needs my presence. :)
- LIMIT MY INTERNET HOURS. Since the time my aunt gave me a broadband stick and had a Postpaid plan with it, I can’t remember a day not being online!From social networking sites, watching videos, playing games, downloading movies, listening to music, discovering random information and having fun (yes, 9gag, that’s you), I can’t seem to take my life away from the internet! Now, all I have to do is limit my internet activity and shove myself to my studies. Enough of facebook and time to face books. :)
- GIVE MORE TIME FOR MY STUDIES. Here’s the thing. I always think that I am smart enough that I can handle exams without studying. WRONG! That’s the worst thing I have done in my life! I give more time to my social life, internet browsing, volleyball trainings and other stuff when I was in high school. Now that I’m in college, I understand that I will have less social connections, hence, less hang-outs and more time to study. Anyways, it’s college! What more reason should I ask for, right?
- ENOUGH OF THIS LAZINESS DISEASE. From waking up and rising in the morning, to taking a bath, preparing my meal, going to school, taking down notes, and doing my bed again, MY ENTIRE LIFE IS FULL OF LAZINESS! I think the only times I get excited for class is when I have reports, presentations (yes, I get excited with those), trainings, intramurals, field trip and parties. That’s a big NO-NO in college! Laziness will be out of my life and I will replace it with, maybe productivity and diligence. :D
- SPEND MONEY WISELY. This is the part that I should most improve on. Whenever I see food or whatever that I want to buy and I have the money for it, I will buy it. I often even treat my friends just so I have someone to talk to while eating or enjoying the stuff that I just bought. It’s just like my kryptonite, but with more abundant sources. After classes, we always hang-out, eat at a fast food chain (that’s just either McDonald’s, KFC or Tokyo Tokyo), sometimes sing at the Karaoke Hub, play some games at Timezone, and eat more whenever we stumble upon somewhere we opt to eat. Also, when I’m bored at home, I will call some of my friends to go watch a movie. That’s how big a spender I am! Now in college, I will try to apply the words “SAVE” and “BUDGET” on myself so that I would not find myself broke after just about a week or so. :)
- SLEEP AT A REASONABLE TIME. Those times I’ve been watching Pinoy Big Brother at late nate, surfing the net (mostly Twitter, Facebook and 9gag) and doing other stuff before my school works are times wasted. Instead of indulging myself in the dreamland, there I am staying awake doing nonsense things. Because of this dilemma, I have decided to change my sleeping pattern in college. I therefore should sleep at a reasonable time depending on my agenda. If persistent and potent effort should be given to a certain work, then I would not hesitate in giving myself a restless night. I want myself to be ready for those early night zzz’s and those late night stands. :)
- LEARN TO ADAPT AND BE MORE FRIENDLY.While standing on your own feet is what is expected of us in college, having good friends is a rapid way to make your life easier during your stay in the university. Someone you could talk to in your breaks, give you advice when you have to make difficult decisions, helping in your academics, reaching out to you in your down times and sharing those good ol’ jokes to keep your spirits up. It may seem cliché for me to say that no man is an island, but it’s still noteworthy that having an archipelago is still better than having only your lone island guarding your own territory (got it? haha!). I should learn to adapt to the flow of life in the campus and make friends whenever I can to at least have a jumpstart with my social life in college.
- STAND OUT AMONG THE REST.Throughout my life, I’ve been that kind of person who always stays at the corner, not wanting to be noticed at all in any way. I don’t volunteer on any activities, nor in being a leader in any group work. It’s just like I’m allergic to the spotlight and always hates that feeling that everyone looks or stares at me whenever I perform, report, present or even speak (though I believe that I’m still a good speaker). I have tried to break that barrier by running for student council, being a varsity player and engaging in other stuff. That kind of gave me confidence during my stay in high school. Now that I have to start all over from nothing in college, I should already program my body and mind so as to make myself a stand out among the crowd. As I have read in an article at the internet, “When the world puts you down, you should be standing. When the world is standing, you should stand out. And when the world stands out, you should be outstanding.”
And there you have it! The Ten Commandments that I will live by during my stay at the UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES. I hope I can stick to these rules so that I can graduate in the right time, and make my life easier and more productive during my stay in UP.
@12 months ago with 2 notes
@1 year ago
LSS! ganda ng message, analakas maka-bitter, haha!
@1 year ago
coz we’re young and wild and free!
"Every step closer to reality is a step away from comfort."
@1 year ago