In no particular order and (obviously) DECL-biased ;P
May Jurilla (DECL): Eng 12 (freshie year! my first ever class in UP as a college student) CL 112 and Eng 101
Ruth Pison (DECL): CL 151, also my program adviser!
Lily Rose Tope (DECL): CL 40, 141, 142, 144
Ramon Guillermo (DFPP): SEA 30 and PI 100
Cristopher Dofitas (Lingg): Integrated Hapon 12+13
Hi! It depends on how many units your new course will credit from the units you’ve already taken. As far as I know, your new home department and adviser will calculate that for you and update your curriculum checklist. :D
I know some CW majors and I’ve also been classmates with a lot, pero ‘di kami close D:
Yes! I’m trying, so hopefully I can keep blogging regularly again amidst all the work I have this year. (I posted something just now! ^_^) And thank you! It’s reaaaaaally good to know that people still read my posts ;P
And when I say roller coaster, I really mean it — with high highs and the lowest of lows one after the other. It’s probably because I’m doing quite a lot of things this year, more than I’ve ever done. College has turned me into a workaholic, yes. But what can I do when I’m doing things I love and I want to make sure I can keep doing them?
Acads-wise this year really is the heaviest. Obviously because of thesis which, a few weeks in, is already a source of at least 80% of my stress. Thesis really is the definitive college experience — it’s been a roller coaster in every sense of the word. I started off the sem on a high, proposing topics I was interested in and had thought about pretty well over the four-month break. The topic that was eventually approved was my top choice, but soon after I realized that I really had no idea what I wanted to do with the texts I proposed. After a “slaughter session” (the first of many I foresee) last week I went into full panic mode, JSTOR-hoarding and panic-reading a dozen articles at the same time in an effort to pull a framework and problem together. Thankfully, I found one that I thought fit and that my adviser approved. The hard part starts now though, because I’m reading entire books and trying to piece all these different concepts together. I just submitted additional bibliography annotations and a few proposed problem statements though — so on one hand I’m relieved, but at the same time I’m bracing myself for what’s going to happen next.
Another thing that makes my acads difficult this sem is that I’m taking three major classes in one day — from 10am to 2:30 straight, no breaks — and in one of those majors I’m the only CL major out of a class of two. By the end of that class my brain is so drained that when I go to my next class (thesis, of all classes) I’m physically and mentally exhausted. I don’t have lunch of Tuesdays and Thursdays! T_T
I’m also going to be pretty busy with extra-curriculars as well — I’m associate editor of my graduating class’ yearbook. It’s not as daunting because I’ve done the exact same thing before in high school — the workload is no joke, but editing is something I enjoy one way or another, so it’s not a problem. This position is going to take up a lot of my time though, not just with editing but with meetings, events to be at, and logistics to help take care of because I’m basically second in command. But it should be fun, and I’m really looking forward to working with a great team.
And lastly, I’ve also resolved to blog more this school year — something I’ve managed to keep up with since classes started. Thank goodness. I set a more structured schedule for my blog on weekends precisely to get me writing more, and the content itself is a lot easier to handle/write about. It’s flexible enough that I can keep up, but with enough parameters that I have to follow through. One of my columns, an analysis of Korea’s national digital music chart, is also something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a long time because it’s a topic I’m really interested in discussing and learning more about — so that’s another incentive to keep going. As graduation draws closer (not that it feels any closer), I know I have to start preparing for my career and I need to keep pushing my blog, and my writing. I want my resume and portfolio to blow employers away — doesn’t everyone?
And speaking of blogging, I’ve also resolved to blog more here! I’m thinking of what to do and what kinds of posts to write, so if you have any suggestions my ask box is wide open :D (It’s also very much open if you have any questions or if you just want to talk. I’m nice, I promise! ^_^)
Walking is your only option, honestly. You can also take a Toki but I think it takes just as long as walking. (I used to just walk from IC to CAL D:) Usually profs won’t take up the whole period on the first day, so just be early for your class in IC — and tell both your profs that you’re going to and coming from another class on the other side of campus. Most profs are considerate naman if you make the effort to explain your situation to them honestly, and it’s important that you inform them on the first day pa lang. :D
Hi! The nerves are normal — as long as they’re excited nerves, you’ll be fine. ^_^ It depends on your subjects and profs but usually in addition to classes, colleges will host freshie orientations and org fairs. They’re experiences you won’t be able to repeat, so go to as many as you can! If you’re in a bigger college, it’s also a good way to get to know your batchmates and make friends. College is all about meeting new people and expanding your network, and you’ll need a strong support system when things get tough. Good luck! (And I’ll see you around campus? ;P)
Hi! Don’t feel bad about wanting to shift! I’m fortunate enough to have a solid plan that I’m passionate about, but I know a lot of people who only figured out/pursued what they really wanted years into college. Majority of CL/English majors are shiftees actually, so you won’t be alone! As far as the process itself goes, I’m not really sure because I was admitted to DECL via the UPCAT. But I hear there’s a written exam and an interview? You should ask the department for the process, they’ll be able to answer you better. ^_^
Originally I was against delaying the start of the first semester August — I just wanted to get thesis year and college over with as fast as possible so I can start working and do what I love/want to do. That agenda is why I kill myself with a full 18-unit load of major subjects, fill up my summer schedule, and why I haven’t had a proper acads-free summer since high school. School has always been an obligation, a source of stress and sleepiness nights — so the faster I can get out of here, the better.
But I realize now that I really needed these two months off just before I start my senior year to iron out my plans for what lies ahead after graduation. I needed to assure myself that I’m not making the biggest mistake of my life by choosing this long, arduous path I’m on just before I make probably my biggest step yet. I guess it’s because that’s the kind of person I am. My obsessive-compulsive tendencies tell me that I need to have as solid a plan as I can have before I do anything — especially for something as serious as, well, the rest of my life. I hate uncertainties, and I hate being uncertain of myself and plans I can control.
It’s not a question of whether or not I want to write — I do, badly. I’ve spent an enormous part of my life on writing and improving my craft because it’s my passion and I know that if I work hard enough I can produce good results. Six years of writing means that I’ve had enough time to experiment with my writing to see what I do well, and what still needs work. It means that I have ideals and theoretical stands on general concepts, that I more or less know what I’m doing. But I know that being a blogger or writing for online publications, even international ones, is very different from writing for established print publications or companies — and for the longest time that was the loophole in my plans. I didn’t know if what I’d been doing, and what I want to keep doing, was feasible in real life and locally. I didn’t know what writing as a career or what an office environment was like, no matter how much experience I have. That scared me. I like being in control and knowing exactly what I’m getting myself into.
These two months were exactly what I needed to get those answers. I went into my Amplify.ph internship just wanting two months to burn and spend out of the house, maybe some friends from outside school, but I came out with practical lessons and major career realizations. I can say confidently now that yes, what I want to do is possible — I can make a career out of this, and I will love every second of it. Everything about the internship was right up my alley — from going to gigs as an integral part of the job description, getting to know amazing people and musicians who all have their own views on their practice, to working with and under people who are just as passionate about music, and of course, having to listen to all this amazing music and the feeling thrill of discovering artists and songs I really like and feel strongly about.
I got the answers I want and need to stop me from spending sleepless nights thinking about all the uncertainties of my future. But I also needed these two months off, and this internship, to give me something to look back on over the course of what’s sure to be the most difficult year of my academic life. My senior thesis is going to kill me, and while I don’t know how exactly it’s going to do that, it’s going to be quite a ride. So for those times when I feel hopeless and want to give up, these two months well-spent following my passions will serve as a reminder of why I’m doing this — of why I’m studying what I am, and why I have to finish with flying colors (aka latin honors D:). Sixteen years of being a UP student all boils down to this one year, and I need something that will drive me amidst all the scary uncertainties ahead.
There will be many sleepless nights this school year, I’m sure, and just as many trying times — but now I know there is a reason to stay up and keep working.
A lot more than I ever expected.
It’s true what they say about college being an almost life-changing experience, how it’s when your classes teach you so much more than academics and when you’re mature enough to go beyond the classroom. It’s a preview for the real world, one where you’re free to make mistakes and learn from them.
So I guess this counts as my “Tips for Freshies” post? :D
1. Academics matter.
Whatever anyone says about grades not being the only basis for intelligence or achievement, at the end of the day they matter. Don’t devote every waking hour to making sure you get an uno and don’t forsake actual learning for high grades, but don’t take your classes for granted either. It’s all about balance. You are in this university to learn to the best of your abilities — grades being a social construct imposed students does not give you the right to completely disregard them. Remember that most of your tuition (not all of it, I know — STS is a big issue right now) is paid for by the Filipino people, most of whom can’t even afford to send their own children to school even if they want to, even if they work their entire lives. Grades may not be the only way to measure how much you’ve learned, but they are one of the many ways.
2. It’s important to have a work ethic.
It’s very hard to juggle acads, extra-curriculars and “real life” (what real life T_T), especially during hell week. If you think high school exam weeks were difficult, think again. Which is why the “whatever I’ll just do it the morning of” attitude you and I adapted in high school is not going to work in college. The “whatever I’ll just do it the night before,” might though. (It works about 50% of the time ;P) I’m not going to lie and say that I’ve never crammed, because I have — I spent an entire semester cram-studying Japanese during my morning literary theory classes because the readings for lit theory took entire evenings to read and the class itself was the only “free time” I had. Anyway my point is, that semester taught me how to manage my time. While I would never recommend studying for another subject in class because I myself would never do it again, I do think figuring out how you work best will be very beneficial in college. Are you the type who works best under pressure? Are you OC? (like me) Are you ridiculously punctual? (like me) Figuring these things out will help you figure out how to put some order into that juggling you’ll be doing for the next four years and will hopefully keep everything from crashing down.
3. You cannot control everything.
Sh*t happens. College will have it’s bad days to go with all the great ones, but those are all learning experiences you should take one at a time as they come. There will be times when you can’t see any endings any time soon, especially at the start of hell weeks when you look at everything piled up and just want to sleep through it but personally, those were the experiences I learned the most from. And not just acads-wise, if you get into any messy relationships — boys, friends, whatever (you most probably will) — those will all teach you that there are times when you need to step up, and there are times when you just need to let things run their course. This was a very hard concept for me to grasp, because I’m a “Type A,” OC, over thinking control-freak, but college managed to teach even me to chill a bit. (A bit!!! I’m still super OC)
4. Who you were in high school doesn’t matter.
I say this as someone who was an outcast, super wallflower, relatively okay but not stellar student, and more awkward than awkward during high school. I hated high school, and I have a FB photos to prove it. (;P) In my second year of college I lost a ton of weight (50 pounds at least, can’t remember that well), started dressing better, and took subjects I genuinely enjoyed — I was a lot happier, and I think it showed. It may not have been a “ugly duckling to swan” transformation exactly because I’m not really a swan, but it taught me that most people don’t really care if you were cool or not in high school — they care about what kind of person you are now, in college. And not in terms of looks or anything, but in terms of what you can bring to the table. So if you were a wallflower like me in high school, college is your clean slate. And if you think you did okay in high school, then college is the change to keep proving yourself.
5. Take classes you actually enjoy.
One of the reasons why I hated high school was because I hated math and science. I was did okay, but I’m the type of student who will do well if either I know I can do well, or if I’m encouraged to do well — neither of which I had with math and science. So when college came around of course I still needed the 15 units of MSTs, but what’s 5 semesters’ worth compared to four years of Comparative Literature, Japanese, AH requirements and Social Sciences — majority of which I genuinely enjoyed. I would’ve majored in Economics if it weren’t for the heavy math, because I really like the analytical aspect (we took Econ for a year in high school and honestly I loved it) — but I know that given the factors I have to work with now CL was the right choice, because it has allowed me to enjoy school one way or another. So if you’re stuck in a major you’re not head-over-heels for, that’s what GEs and free electives are for! :D
6. Figure out what you want to do in the near future.
When I went into UP I thought I had my entire career planned out. One year in, that plan changed. The next year it changed again to something more plausible because freshie me wanted to rule the music industry after graduation, whatever that meant. But the point I want to make is that these goals are good, and it’s okay if they change. My goals — becoming a good critic, getting a job at so and so — were what kept me going during hell weeks and the many existential crises I went though. At least once a semester, without fail, I find myself asking why I chose my major and doubting myself, thinking that I’m not actually any good at. But then I remember what I want to do, what I want to become, and why I chose my major in the first place. Many times this is the only motivation you will have, because professors will demand more than you think you’re capable of, friends and classmates will be just as stressed out as you are. They don’t have to be big goals, they can be as immediate as goals for tomorrow — but the point is that you need something to aim for, otherwise what are you in college for?