A Freshman’s Guide Around UST If You Want To Chill And Enjoy Quiet Time
Walking around the UST campus is a cheerful sight. Seeing the crowd, from the ice cream vendors to the students huddled at the Plaza Mayor, can lighten up your mood. There are also org fairs, concerts, and fireworks displays that Thomasians look forward to.
The lively culture of UST can be fun, but for the students who enjoy alone time—especially freshmen who still don’t know their way around the campus—the more ~chill~ spots around UST might be more of your scene.
Finding a quiet place around UST is possible, especially if you know where to go. Here are the things you can do:
Find a sweet spot in the UST Main Library.
Ahh, the library. The ‘seventh heaven’ for students who need a space to think and reflect. You don’t need to worry about engaging in small talk anymore. The librarians will be there to shush anyone who makes loud noises. Go over your notes. Catch up on a series you’ve been meaning to watch. Sleep, if you want (just try not to snore loudly). Spend quality time with yourself in your own private little nook.
There are also different sections in the library. If you still have extra time before your next class, head over to the serials section (sixth floor) and request access to the microfilm reader—a device that allows you to read old newspapers which are microfilmed! Get started with the newspapers published on your birthdate. Talk about nostalgia.
Cozy up in the Reader’s Cafe.
Located at the ground floor of the UST Main Library, the Reader’s Cafe brews coffee that will warm the inner corners of your heart. Treat yourself to their baked goods, too. Try their choco button and chocolate crinkles if you’re looking for something light and sweet. The cafe also has this laid-back vibe that will inspire you to write your first novel.
Visit the UST Museum.
If you collect cool stuff like old coins and photographs, a museum date will always be a great idea. Whether you decide to bring your college bestie or go on your own, you won’t let this chance pass, would you? The admission is free for Thomasian students and professionals. Meanwhile, for non-Thomasians, the regular and student rates are P50 and P30, respectively.
Without breaking the bank, you can catch a glimpse of our rich history through the religious images, visual arts, and paintings displayed in the oldest—oldest!—museum in the country.
Go people watching at Benavides Garden.
The arching trees over the Benavides Garden, popularly known as Lover's Lane, will make you want to lie on the grass after a major exam. It’s the perfect spot to sit back and observe your fellow students (not in a creepy manner, of course). People-watching helps you develop empathy and a great deal of self-awareness. It’s the time for you to relax and take a break from the daily grind of city life.
Watch the golden hour in UST.
Look up in the sky and marvel at the breathtaking sunset in the afternoon. Forget about your deadlines for a while. Once the light shines across UST, you'll see purple and cotton candy skies. Who needs Instagram filters? The dreamy hues are a reminder that life can still be beautiful no matter how tough your day went.
Spending your time alone is good for your mental and emotional health. Don’t ever feel guilty about doing something that brings you joy. You deserve the time to reflect and recharge. When tomorrow comes, you will be ready to face the world again.
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these sheets that exactly remind me of how I gushed in between my pillow and space you filled in the longing of my burned sorrow put smile to my sober face just like how a three year old receive her lollipop
i searched you everywhere and here you are laying down beside me in my imagination the walls that our screens built a boundary and an obvious message that says i can never have you because you wear clerical shirt and obviously you loved someone else before me
oh god, do I really want this forbidden love? that only exist in my imagination? that only exist through my words? would you, meine liebling, notice me and my art one second? because I am dying to say I love you.
A Simple Learner Who's a Great Pretender
Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.
Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.
It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.
Just be a great pretender not to hear any runts and be a good learner that appreciates everything. It's out of nowhere thoughts of mine, but simply I leave you this my favorite life quotation; "Don't introduce yourself, Let your success introduce you"
Dear me in six years, I wonder how life will treat you when you’re already 26 years old. Will you be financially stable? Will you be working in an advertising agency while pursuing everything about the arts? Will you be doing freelancing and living in a condo by then? I don’t know since things are very uncertain. I hope by the time you graduate from college and face the real meaning of the world, you’ll know what the real purpose of doing and living in the art will be.
I know it’s been so tough ever since you turned 20 but that’s how life works, I guess. There will be a lot of hopes and trials, breakdowns, and breakthroughs but I have high hopes of you becoming the better version of yourself. You always do, though. You were never a quitter. Making decisions is getting harder and harder as you grow but I hope it doesn’t make you stop doing what you really love to do. You will face different people with different perspectives. You will feel like a stranger once again, it’s like you were back in your freshmen year. It’s going to be tougher than you’ve expected but you can do it. I believe you can.
Most of the time, people's perception of us as a strong person makes us feel that we are not entitled to be vulnerable because they might be disappointed for seeing our weak spots. And so when we are hurting, we are often scared of extreme emotions and so bury our feelings. We deny them, trying to avoid the pain we feel.
But by doing that, we are just allowing it to come back to us and haunt us. And when it comes back, it might be stronger and it will be harder for us to get over it than when we faced them first. I realized it just now that facing those emotions will scare them until they're gone. The saying 'Let it hurt until it hurts no more' goes true. Admitting your pain to yourself doesn't make you weak. It only proves that you are strong enough to acknowledge such extreme emotions without avoiding them. We are humans and it's okay if we hurt sometimes.
Before, sliding over the rainbows
Now, our hearts are bruised
Days once full of love and laughter
Became dawns of forfeited ever after
Smiles that bring ticklish sensations
Turned to cold question and answer
Figuring who would be the next instructor
The queen’s awake
Grappling to the happiness that the sorrow and sadness take
Going back to all the promises he couldn’t make
Poetry #2: YOUR VOICE
When you talk, your voice brightens my days. You provide me comfort in all the little things that you do. Your deep and mellow voice sends a tingling feeling inside me that makes me want to keep you in my life. I love talking to you every time, every day, every night and every minute if I could. You're someone just simply amazing.