I was organizing my files earlier when I came across some of my college mementos. It was such a happy experience for me to look at some of the pictures and remember the bitter-sweet experience of college life. Looking back, I realized that amidst all the hurdles of school, college life is fun after all !
From jittery demonstration moments, trips to the mall, to relaxing times in the patio, all those things are truly worth remembering. Since we were in block section from second year to fourth year, we have grown close to one another.
One of the most awaited moments in our school is the Torch Ceremony. It is the time when third year and fourth year students are all dressed in traditional balintawak, maria clara and barong. It is almost a century-long tradition of turning over the responsibilities of the graduating students to the third year people.
I also came across my diploma, some medals, and even the invitation for the Gawad Parangal. Since my Alma Mater produces almost a thousand graduates each year, they set a special ceremony to recognize the achievers of the graduating batch. Parents of the achievers are being called and a special program is being prepared. After I received my medal that time, I was tasked to sing the thank you song in honor of our dear parents. I sang “Wind Beneath My Wings”. Almost everybody in the auditorium was crying (tears of joy). I am singing since I was five but I find it more difficult since I was trying to held back my tears – especially, after I saw that my mom was also crying. With God’s help, I was able to sing that song nicely.
Graduation Ceremony came a day after the Gawad Parangal. It was a tiring yet a very memorable experience.
All the hard-work and sacrifices of being a student suddenly turned into a blissful feeling! Of course I know that I could not take credit of whatever I achieved since I know that all things was made possible by God. I am genuinely grateful for His guidance, mercy, and grace. In addition to that, I felt so happy to see my parents smiling that day, knowing that somehow, I made them proud.