Entering a World of New Beginnings

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This is my very first post, yay! So, this is it! First semester just ended, somewhat a month ago, and here I am, starting a new chapter in my life, as if my whole life was a book. Although I still continue to write on this book, it is still unknown how many pages this book contains for me to write, because for each day that pass by – 1 is added to the number of pages this book has. This book is so mysterious, magical, strange!

I really learned a lot when I was in first sem. Things I learned included:

1. Expanding my social life

I’m a really shy and bashful person (redundancy intended). Ever since I was a child, I only had a few friends, and very few close friends. It was during high school that I have earned my circle of friends. It was because we all had something in common. We easily agree on things. Although we had petty fights, we continued to be close because there really built up on our close friendship. Some of them went to DLSU, UST, and Beda and it was only me who’s here in Ateneo. In other words, they were all still living in the south… meanwhile, I’m here in Q.C. It was always hard to schedule our reunions because we would always want that all of us can come… Our last reunion was still last May 2013, and we’re all hoping that we could have another reunion by December.

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So much for that… Now that I’m the only one in Ateneo without my HS friends, I had no choice but to make friends of my own here… And that is when I first met my blockmates and coursemates :)) I can remember that someone added me in our Ateneo de Manila 2017/2018 group in Facebook. So then, I got the idea of making a group for my course – BS/MS CS and posted the link in the ADMU group. Soon enough, people joined this BS/MS CS group. And I was thrilled to have met them! Then we had a plan the day before the day of the enrollment – that we would meet up in school so as to get to know each other even before the day of OrSem. So to aid us with this plan, we exchanged celphone numbers for easy communication. One of my coursemates texted me that our group was sitting together by the doghouse and that they would wave their hands so that I can see them. After receiving the text message, I saw a group waving their hands, haha! They look so foolish! But yeah, it was our only way to get to know each other :)) As I approach them, this girl from the group ran to me and asked, “Are you Gian Alix?” I gladly said, “Yes” and asked who she was. She then told me her name (name will be filtered here) and she also introduced me to the block/coursemates. I tried so hard memorizing their names, haha! There was also a guy there who’s not a freshman but a supersenior! He was also a  CS major like us. He was also kind enough to give us an initial tour of the Ateneo. It was fun! This was the BEGINNING of my social life here in Ateneo. It was pure awesome!

School days pass by and by and I met more friends from orgs, different subjects, and even in other courses, usually in mutual friends! And now, as I enter 2nd sem, I still have high hopes of meeting new friends despite the fact na masyado pa rin akong mahiyain at times. 😀

2. How to become responsible

I’m so irresponsible back in High School, swear! Now that I’m in college, everything has changed! Now that I live in a dorm, I need to fix myself. I need to be more organized. Change is what I desire for in college. And now, as 2nd sem has begun, I have to be more responsible as ever. Second sem is different, my schedule has changed, I have a new set of classmates, more requirements! Many things have changed! I really feel different! A changed person!

3. Time Managment

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Time management became important to me. I must always learn to manage time. And to do this, I always set my priorities. If it’s time to study, I study. If it’s time to sleep, I sleep. If it’s time to eat, I eat. If it’s time to play, I play. There’s always a time for everything. And to think that I would always have tutorial sessions in the afternoon after class, I always go home at 7. But that’s alright, there’s some sense of fulfillment there. I stay in school for 12 hours, my last class ends at 1:30 and my tutorial begins at 5:30, that’s four hours vacant! I don’t go home anymore after class, it’s too hassle! So, I would stay at the library, and I study there, not to waste time. I think it’s better this way, so I have less to study when I’m at home.

4. “Paano masaktan” (How to get hurt)

(This has got to be too long already, I’ll get back to this soon!)

So, those were the most important things I have learned back in first semester. So what? Isn’t the blog title very distant to the things I have just said? The thing is, I can always use these things, to apply these things in the next journey that I will take. I am just entering a new world, new beginnings, a new start. I still don’t have an idea of what lies ahead, but one thing is for sure: I will try my best to carry what I have learned in the past towards the present and the future, for these things are sure to help me in the path that I will take.

-Royalle

Date of Post: 11.09.13

Date of First Edit: 03.03.14

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