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How to Survive a Double Major Program in College

According to a recent graduate with three degrees at 21, Wynona Pauline Catapang!
IMAGE Wynona Pauline Catapang

Just like most of Batch 2016, Wynona Pauline Catapang recently graduated college. But what makes her story different is she finished three college degrees at only 21 by taking a double major course at St. Scholastica's College.

If you're inspired by her story and want to take (or shift to) a double major course in college, too, you're in luck because we asked Wynona herself for five tips on surviving a double major program in college!

  1. Be strategic.

"My number one tip on surviving a double major program is that you should be strategic. It's tough [to be studying two courses at once] that's why you should know how to strategize."

  1. Be a great multitasker.

"Being strategic also means you should be a great multitasker. We did that for 5 years and it worked!"

  1. Learn to adapt.

"In the double major program, you'll get to meet different people for every subject. So it's necessary to learn how to engage with people in different conditions."

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  1. Be brave!

"If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask. If you feel like you're being left out, don't be afraid to ask for help."

  1. Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work).

"Since we wanted to survive, sometimes what we did was Ora et Labora Labora Labora Labora. Hahaha."

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She also shared both the advantages and disadvantages that come with working towards three degrees. 

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Advantages:

  • "Maraming internships and opportunities in the future. I had four internships: three in Psychology and one in Mass Comm."
  • "I think if you end up working in a good company, yung double major course wouldn't be limited to just one job. Especially if the company is hiring positions that are relevant to both of your courses, you could choose from any of it!"
  • "My professor once told us that we should not limit ourselves to one skill only. For us to be marketable in the corporate world, kung kaya natin mag-earn or mag-aral ng isa or dalawa pang skills, why not?"

Disadvantages:

  • "Lagi kaming ligaw ng friend ko. Because we have different classmates in every subject, we don't immediately know about the class announcements. Tatanungin namin yung class representative ng isang block about quizzes or assignments tapos hindi pala namin sila kaklase. Hahaha. It was very confusing at first but we got used to it."
  • "Another disadvantage is the schedule. We had 27-30 units every semester and our schedules were usually from 7:30 AM until 7:30 PM. We always had overlapping subjects because of the tight scheds, but tiyaga lang talaga siguro and patience!"

Want to write about your course or your proudest moments in school? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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