10 Things Ateneo Senior High Students Can Relate To
Whether you're from the Ateneo in Manila, Davao, or Cagayan, studying grade school, high school, senior high, or college, we're sure you can all relate to these!
- Giving more than what is expected of you.
Magis is a latin word that means more; to do more, to think more, and to be more. As Ateneans, this word has been etched into our minds and hearts ever since we started studying in the school. Ateneans never give less than 110% because we are taught to give the best results, always.
- Praying before and after every activity.
The opening and closing prayers of every class go deeper than just obligations. It symbolizes God's place in our hearts, our Alpha and Omega, and through these prayer habits, we remember that we come from Him and are being led up to Him through everything we do.
- Having a favorite Latin phrase.
It's no secret that we are introduced to a handful of lines that are tasked to motivate us to do things for the community, for ourselves, and for Him. However, everyone has that one phrase that hits home more than the others. A latin life motto is a part of one's identity, we choose it for unique reasons that define the principles we uphold in life.
- Knowing St. Ignatius of Loyola's life story as if it were your own.
From his exact birthplace to his best friend's college major, you can tell his story with your eyes closed and it would be as easy as Ignatian 1-2-3.
- The waterworks at the yearly class recollection.
Apart from the usual praying and spiritual film showings, group sharings are a tradition at the Ateneo, and the recollection is the best time to let go of everything that's been holding you back from living life the way you want to. Here, there's no holding you back; why would you when you've got all the ears and hearts of people who'll always have your back?
- The Angelus aka the OG Mannequin Challenge.
You memorized every line of that prayer by heart, and you make it a way of life to pause for the whole five minutes it plays over the sound system.
- Entering college (or Senior High) with a bang through OrSem.
The annual Orientation Seminar (OrSem, in livelier terms) is the Ateneo way of welcoming freshmen to the university world. These three days of fun (that ends with a concert-esque party!) with your batchmates is an experience that never disappoints.
- Freshman Formation Program.
Aside from getting to know our good friend Iggy, FFP (now known as the Senior High Formation Program, of SHSFP) opened our hearts and minds to the current state of Philippine society: from politics to the poor, you were made aware of what you can do to help in any way you can, during and beyond your education.
- You have a heart for the poor and want to help build them up.
"Teach a man how to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime." One thing the aforementioned FFP had taught us is to give people something that will help them for the rest of their lives. You always think of possible solutions to social issues in ways you know that'll last more than a day.
- Doing everything Ad Majorem dei Gloriam.
In whatever you do, from studying for a test or competing in the Palaro, you owe your endeavors to the Man Upstairs. Writing the abbreviation of this Ignatian value at the top of all your papers has become a habit, and not for impressing your professors, but because it is is a reflection of who you are and what you do things for, which is the Greater Glory of God.
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My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
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There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!