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State of the Semester Address
A Monologue

It was not but almost four months ago when you set foot in this forsaken land, a hollowed ground of trained intellectuals broading the vast academe. You were vulnerable, as most of your kind, and had to go find your own way to settle into things. Sadly, that has to be the case, because things definitely won’t have to settle into your likeness. Adaptation is your key to survival.

It was just like High School, you thought. Wrong. It was more than High School, it was College. Your first semester in the university may not in its entirery embody what other people define as ‘College’, but still you had many obstacles to get over with. It was not easy, as you were used to the carefree environment of High School. In college, you were all alone. Everything you do is your responsibility.

Natural Science 1
You were a bit ignorant as to what courses to take, so you clicked this cute name on CRS because it was a bit pleasing to the ear (fallacious). You had no idea what you were getting yourself into, but still you pushed through with it. You were dead wrong when you chose this subject. Physics and Chemistry have never been this hard to you. This was the subject where you received your first ever failing grade in a Long Examination. This may also be the only subject wherein you would have to take a Final Exam. Shit. This subject is shit. You should’ve dropped it had you known.

Mathematics 2
Your first impression of your teacher was a pleasing one. How it could not be? She dismissed you 10 minutes after introducing herself due to the fact that most students are still enrolling and the final list of students were not in yet.
Apparently, that didn’t last. She was your crappiest teacher ever. She’d jump topic per topic without even introductions or even conclusions. Nothing was there to get you in the mood to study or cap the lesson off. It was as if instead of saying “I am JM, a student of UP Diliman, period.”, you’d have to make do with “a student of UP Diliman”. All loose ends weren’t tied up. You had the hardest of times.
Gladly you had companions in the sixth row of one of the few airconditioned rooms in the Math Building. Camille, Annalee and Ate Gracielle were there to help you with homeworks, exchange jokes or just plain babble when you don’t understand the lesson anymore.
And still on the positive note, this subject is “Uno-able”.

Physical Education 2 Walking for Fitness
It was one of your hardest subjects, although you loved walking. All the exercises were hard and very strenuous, but still you were able to wiggle your way through. It is not exactly a hard course, but unfortunately for you your legs weren’t helping at all. Still, you passed.

Creative Writing 10
You had the best professor one can ever have. A Palanca Awardee for his book “Jolography”, he really knows what he’s doing. Though you loved to write you didn’t want to get into the details of how to write. You had a pretty much hard time because even though your professor cracks jokes once in a while it was hard to catch up. Add to that your oblivion to his grading system, that’s why you don’t know how you are to be graded.
Still, you capped off the semester with a very enjoyable activity. You’d never forget this class of yours.

Philosophy 11
You were destined to be a Logician. One of your best subjects so far, and you even got the highest in the first long exam. Logic was very hard to understand, but it must have been running in your system since you were a child. Your professor had her way of explaining things, sometimes not comprehensible by ordinary mind, but still you managed to end with flying colors.

Kasaysayan 1
This would have to be your favorite class. Not because you liked history, but because you loved the people belonging in this class. The professor was very generous and very understanding and very open minded and very good at teaching. All your classmates were funny, alive and very energetic. All could’ve gone the way you wanted it to be if not for one person.
Annoyances aside, you’ll definitely going to miss all the people in this class.

More important than these subjects, you are thankful for all the people who helped you get through College for the first time. A great deal of gratitude goes to Mico, your buddy, for being your companion all throughout the semester. Now you wonder if next semester, things will still be the same. You also are thankful for all the mumbaylan_tfy1 people, for they provided enough reason for you to go to class even before a 4 and a half hour break. You would also like to thank all your blockmates, since they were your first friends in the university. You would also like to thank all the new friends you made.

The first semester marked new beginnings for you. What do you think will happen next semester? Only you know now.


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