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College Choices

We share our college courses and why we chose them. Have you decided on what to take up in college?
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What was your course in college and why did you choose it?

marla.jpg Interdisciplinary Studies. This course allowed us to customize our learning, and I chose to focus on Psychology and Education because I've always been interested in working with young people. —Marla, Deputy Editor in Chief
steph.jpg I chose Communication Arts because I thought I wanted to be a writer. Haha! —Steph, Art Director
mimi.jpg I took up AB Communication Arts in college. I actually applied for different courses in various universities, but when I read the courses offered by Ateneo in their application form, Comm Arts seemed like a lot of fun (and I was right!). —Mimi, Managing Editor
angel.jpg My course was BS Communications Technology Management. I chose it because it gave me a good mix of creative and practical skills and exposed me to the fields of Communication, Computer Science, and Management. :) —Angel, Associate Features Editor
I studied Fashion Communication and Fashion Marketing in Singapore. I was curious to learn how the industry worked from different points of view—from how to put together a magazine to how to run a fashion business. —Sam, Associate Fashion Editor
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I remember showing my mom and dad the course catalogue and they told me I should probably major in Communication. It was decided! A huge chunk of my education was about preparing to be a writer and journalist. That was definitely a great training ground on how to be thorough and articulate, whatever the field. Looking back, I would've wanted to double-major in Philosophy or French! —Jed, Fashion and Beauty Assistant

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dyan.jpg I studied Journalism at UP Diliman. It was my friend who was hell-bent on getting into UP and I just tagged along, not expecting anything because it was, well, UP. I wrote for our high school newspaper, but I didn't think I could have a future in writing. But surprise, surprise, I got in! Thank you, reckless 15-year-old me. Dyan, Assistant Entertainment Editor
macy.jpg I took up Speech Communication in UP Diliman. I actually had no idea what it was at first (I originally applied for Journalism, but didn't make it to the quota), but after four years, I was glad I stayed. I learned how to be more comfortable in voicing out my opinion, grew to be more creative (we had fun oral interpretation classes), and got to try lots of interesting things (like produce my own radio show for class!). —Macy, Web Managing Editor
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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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