The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas has been my second home for four years. It stood witness for my transformation from being a young lad to a full-grown man. The portals of this university has seen me celebrate my successes and weep for my failures. It has been a place where I met people whom I trust and love the most aside from my family. But, the moment has come for its inevitable end. Today, I bid goodbye to my alma mater as a student.
All I have is gratitude. I have endless thanks, of course, to God. I may not always be present at His Sunday gathering, but still, faith runs through my veins. I salute my parents for doing everything just to provide us with quality education and a safe home to sleep in.
Also, I give thanks to my ever-supportive sisters who’ve been too kind to give me what I need and want. To the Catholic University of the Philippines, UST, thank you for the values you have imparted and for the culture you have inculcated in each and every graduate. Sure not to miss my professors – those who gave a damn to teach and not. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! With or without action, you gave us something. To my few friends, I owe you a lot for keeping up with all of my crankiness and bitchiness! I’m luckier to have you, guys.You know who you are. If you’re doubting, then you’re not one of them. To everyone who played a part in my college life and made me who I am today, thank you!
Personally, it’s important for me to say “Thank you.” before I leaf open another chapter. The summit I reached today is not a one-man job. Rather, it’s a compilation of impacts from a lot of people. Showing gratitude is a sign of humility. So let me also take this opportunity to be sorry for every bit of wrong choice of words or actions that offended anyone inside and outside my circle (and those in between). Being grateful of what has happened is a tool that everyone should have in order to move forward.
Regrets, I have none. I know I have lose some, but what I gain is better, greater. The promise of a good future is always before us. What makes it better is the way we perceive it, the way we work it out. They say, in every end, there’s a beginning. Well, I say…
The pilgrimage continues…
“The circle of life
It moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Until we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle of life“
I am a proud Neo-Centennial Thomasian graduate of Bachelor of Arts Major in Economics! I’m ready to step into my new shoes as I’m off to the bigger world.
Featured image is obtained from the UST Museum website.