9 Things Only UP Students Experience During Enrollment
The University of the Philippines is not called the "University of Pila" for nothing. The stories you heard—yes, no matter how absurd or unbelievable, were not fiction. The endless Hunger Games references you kept on hearing from your friends? Well, let's just say that they were actually drawn from real life events. And since it's enrollment season again in the state university, let us introduce you to the infamous UP enrollment.
The combat for slots starts online.
The online registration system can be a saint and grant you your dream classes, or it can blindside you and leave you with zero units. No one has really figured out how to rub it the right way but UP Diliman students still never forget to tweet "I <3 crs="" you="" know="" just="" in="" case="" it="" is="" listening="" p="">
You will start thinking that computerized enlistment system hates you.
Unfortunately, sometimes your grand declarations of love and all of your silent prayers are completely ignored. When you get zero units after two batch runs, it's just normal to think that the gods of online enlistment are holding a grudge against you.
You bring an enrollment survival kit.
A bona fide UP student knows just what to bring to war. A typical enrollment survival kit includes: snacks to keep hunger pangs at bay, a book or two to prevent boring yourself to death, and a fan because the corridors can never promise comfort. A strong heart is a must-have, too, because you can't be disheartened no matter how difficult it gets.
The four-word horror story: "Wala na pong slots."
This is news you'd never want to break to UP students. Especially to exhausted and famished Iskos and Iskas who have been waiting in line even before the sun came up. Just… don't do this.
Watch as your dream sched slips off of your fingers.
Do you have your eyes on that math class in the morning? Guess what? You probably won't get it because there are six hundred other students who want it as bad as you do. UP students hate it when this happens but they take the "unwanted" classes anyway because units are units and it will always be better than nothing.
Friends who line up with you are the real MVPs.
Think UP enrollment couldn't get any worse? Just imagine enduring incredibly long waits without friends to keep you company. UP students thank the heavens for the people who keep them sane when enrollment makes them want to lose their bearings.
Getting a class is winning the lottery—literally.
In a desperate need for classes, we even try our luck in the "slots sweepstakes" organized by different departments. You should know by now that in UP enrollment, luck is the name of the game and everyone's just praying that they don't run out of it.
The euphoria when you finally get your form 5.
UP students hear angels sing when they are finally handed the holy grail of UP enrollment—the Form 5. Your frantic search for classes has finally come to a close; you did good, Iskolar ng Bayan. Every bead of sweat becomes worth it when you know that you are finally enrolled!
The extreme anxiety everytime enrollment draws near.
The high of surviving enrollment doesn’t last forever though. Just the thought of going through everything again next semester gives UP students major heebiejeebies.
A lot of people say that UP won't be complete without the hassle enrollment—even our parents have their own epic enrollment stories. It serves as a rite of passage wherein every Iskolar ng Bayan is expected to come through. It tests one's will, patience, and tenacity. It pushes everyone to the limit. It sure teaches us a lot of things. But no matter how important it is to UP culture, we must never take pride in all the bad. We must see to it that it gets better for everyone else; because at the end of the day, UP stands for more than just "University of Pila."
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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.
On a platform we stand
Faces seen all in a blur
Relentless searching led by a spur
To find someone, to feel something
Aren’t we fools to waste away time?
To look for one man’s treasure
Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile
As a bond built in crime
But aren’t we just like every weary heart?
Hoping for an oasis
In the midst of the desert
Wanting to quench our thirst
Aren’t we all like frosted windows
Of old and battered houses on winter?
Wishing for the sun to give us warmth
To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made
Aren’t we maven pretenders?
A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?
A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?
Let down the walls, It’ll be okay
Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating
Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,
Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end
Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear
Realization dawning as loud as a thunder
As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber
Waking up from this reverie
Truth slapped me back to reality
Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see
Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free
From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,
What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April
We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked
Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey
What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower
Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss
Unbounded joy brought by your presence
Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven
Now the heart weeps for evanescence
A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain
But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .
Written by me, the one-shot story
Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________
It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.
"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.
"What size?" she asked.
"Small." I said.
Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.
Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad. I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.
"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.
"Yes. Thank you." I said.
"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.
"Oh thanks." I said .
"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.
I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.
And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....
I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY
One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.
It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!
Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?
Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020