25 April 2012

The UP Journey

Graduating from college is one of the happiest moments of my life! I never thought I'd get into the University of the Philippines in the first place, so surviving and getting out safe and alive is definitely one of the greatest things that I have ever achieved. Getting in the university was tough. I was actually rejected. I have already applied for other schools, but I really wanted to get into UP. I eventually asked for reconsideration from one of the campuses that I have initially applied, and I was finally accepted.

The journey inside the university was even tougher. My one year experience in the the Los Banos, Laguna campus was definitely life changing. I have lived with my family all my life with the luxury of always having a yaya to do everything for me. And there I was, sent to place far away from home with no one but me. I was actually lucky that I still get to go home every weekends, while some people I know only have semester breaks to go back home. The best thing about studying and living in LB was that I learned how to be responsible for myself. I have to budget the 1,000 pesos weekly allowance I receive for all my expenses (including food, fare, photocopying of reading materials, cellphone load, etc.), wash my own clothes, prepare my own food, encourage myself to wake up early for my 7am classes, and many more. Luckily, my room mates, cheer friends, and block mates were able to help me get through all that!

I transferred to the Manila campus after a year cause I figured out that the course I was taking was not really for me and I wanted to transfer to a nearer campus. I got into the Development Studies degree program and I was definitely satisfied with it. It is the perfect pre-law course for me. Again, staying in Manila was not easy. Taft Avenue probably has the worst drainage systems in Manila cause it gets flooded (up to the ankle, sometimes when the rain is really bad, up to the knees) just after a few minutes of rain. I always wear flip flops to school so that I won't get my shoes destroyed by the flood. Traffic in Manila also drives me crazy! It takes me around 2 to 2 1/2 hours just to get to school from home. I have to leave early so I won't get late for my usual 8:30 am class. There was a time when I had to leave at 5 in the morning cause I had 7 am classes for a few weeks. Things got a little bit easier when we rented a dorm in Manila for me and my sisters who were going to college as well. My grades in some of my subjects were terrible. It took me 4 takes before I finally passed Math 11 or College Algebra. I had to live for a month with the masses in Dasmarinas, Cavite for my practicum. I had my share of terror professors and crazy hell weeks. Despite all that, I am proud to have been a college scholar for one semester.

After 4 years and an extra semester, I am happy, and sad at the same time, to say that THAT UP journey is now over. I am happy because I was able to survive! They say that getting in UP is easy and getting out is actually the hard part. I'd say that both were not easy to achieve, so I am really proud of myself. On the other hand, I am sad because I am now closing a chapter of my life that I have really enjoyed and loved. Gone are the days that I'll be walking the corridors of Rizal Hall, or finding my way inside UP-PGH. Those days will be surely missed!

There are tons of people that I would like to thank as I close this chapter of my life. First, to my parents who gave me nothing but the best in life. They provided me and my sisters with all the luxuries in life even if they were not able to experience those luxuries when they were our age. They sent us to the best schools and instilled on us great values in life. To God, who showered me and my family great blessings, including baby Z. To my siblings who loved me and sometimes loaned me money when I need it. :p To all of my friends and relatives who supported me all throughout my college journey. I am so happy that there are people like them who are proud of me and appreciate what I do. I'd also like to thank my professors who might have embarrass me in front of the class, but gave me the knowledge I'll be needing in the "real" life aside from the regular lessons they are teaching in class.  Without the support and love of these people, I am not who I am today. I hope I made all of you proud!

Congratulations Batch 2012! :)

XO, Mish


  1. Congratulations, fellow Iska! Good luck with your future endeavors. :)

  2. It is really something you have to be proud of. Congrats =)

  3. Congratulations! At first I was like, woah! You're from UPLB too! But you transferred pala :)

    I agree, photocopy expenses is also part of our student budget. Gaah!! Well, pancit canton was also part of my budget.. Hehe!

    I'm from UPLB too and I just graduated last year..

    I have an ongoing giveaway btw.. Hope you could join :)

    1. Yup, I transferred after my first year. Comm Arts wasn't for me. :) If you graduated last year, then we're batch mates! Will check it out! :)

  4. Congrats!
    You have a great blog!!

    Feel free to visit mine! it would be appreciated!

    Take care!

  5. hi! i'm a comm arts student too in UPLB (well, you were once :>) and i really love my college life. hoped you had fun in your short stay in UPLB :P it's such a struggle to budget your allowance right?
    anyway, i was always wondering how life in other UP campuses were like; i chose UPLB even though I live near both UPD and UPM (haha) and I can say being away from family and being on your own will truly help you learn to be independent.
    one thing I am hate about studying/living in Manila though: the flood! right? :P

    please do check out my blog too, thank you!:

    1. totally hate the flood, especially at Taft Ave! Will check out your blog. :)


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