economics

The Pilgrimage Continues…

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

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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.

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Four Years in the Making….

YEAR 1

Freshman year! First Paskuhan! First to witness the amazing fireworks display. First horrible recitation with Ms. Estacio. First “siomai-basketball-auto” kwentuhan with Dr. Manapat.

In this class, I’ve met the truest people and the ones whom I can count on whatever happens.

YEAR 2

Sophomore year! Still, a lot of firsts — new classmates, new professors, more challenging courses and first trip outside Luzon. Early on, the bitch family was conceived. New friends entered and Party Animals happened. Trip to Subic with the class was unforgettable! As well as my first 3.00 in Calculus. 😦

YEAR 3

Junior year! I was enjoying school so much that I managed to juggle three things — studies, org stuff and different set of friends! This was the year when I felt happiest and saddest. This is when relationships deepened. Also, it was the time when I got to fly to Iloilo, my second trip outside Luzon.

YEAR 4

Senior year. The culmination of everything. During this time, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. I almost surrendered during the first half but I managed to get by. PSE Academe Week – the fruit of our hard work during internship. Resigned from an organization. Survived thesis writing and defense. Caught up with an old friend. Entertained new ones. Bid goodbye to some. Stood up for what’s right. Lastly, I devoured on the experience of being a full-time student.

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Off to the bigger world. HAPPY GRADUATION!!!

Opportunity Cost

In economics, I learned how to maximize one’s utilization of resources and how do risks could lead to negative or positive returns. But above everything else, as I embark on my last year in finishing a degree, economics has taught me that in life, you can really never have everything. There are always trade-offs. And opportunity costs.

Opportunity cost, as defined, is the resource you have to give up in order to pursue another one. Let’s say, tonight I wanna go to the cinemas but I gotta study for my Econometrics exam tomorrow. I cannot afford to fail the exam so I need to set aside my plan of seeing a movie. Here, the opportunity cost of passing my Econometrics exam is going to the cinemas. This is a very relative concept, yes. Someone’s opportunity cost might be a necessity to others.

We always look into the brighter side. And most of the time, we care less about the things we have let go, of the people we take for granted. How does it feel like to be the opportunity cost? How does it feel like to be ‘unconsciously’ forgone by the one you have been holding onto?

ATENEO-UST TRADE-OFF 2011

Yesterday, I went to the Ateneo de Manila University with fellow Thomasians to participate in the ADMU-UST Trade-Off 2011. We were basically exchange students for a day as we explore the campus and get a feel of how student life is in the Blue Eagle headquarters.

The day started out way early for me. I felt like a freshman traveling to UST then to Ateneo in the morning since as a senior, most of my classes are in the afternoon. We, the seniors, arrived in the Ateneo earlier than the lower years. The facilitators warmly welcomed us and ushered us to the room they have reserved for this activity. Shortly, the program started even with the absence of other Thomasian students. We went out after a brief introduction and took a tour around the big campus. It was very tiring since most of the places we went to are far from each other. And there are some we’ve visited twice since we were regrouped. Half past twelve in the afternoon, we attended the Macroecon class of Mr. Luis Dumlao. We were so sleepy (sorry :D). But I managed to keep my eyes open and kinda listen to the lecture. I already took the course last year but I’ve learned something new with Mr. Dumlao’s lecture. After the one-hour class, we continued with the last leg of the tour.

My favorite part of the day was, of course, the class we attended. It was a brief lecture but I enjoyed it. Also, I loved the church part of the tour. I am Catholic, but not religious. The Church of Gesu has got itself some unique set-up with its pyramid facade. The solemnity inside was just overwhelming. And who could ignore the big stone just beside the entrance where the holy water overflows?

Though exhausting, I enjoyed the whole day as the Atenean facilitators were so accommodating. They are very humble people. I am unsurprised by this coz I have a friend who’s an Atenean. I am very glad I was a part of this endeavor. It’s a unique experience. I’m all praises to the Ateneo community, specifically the Ateneo Economics Association. The Blue Eagle spirit is very much felt wherever you go in the campus.

But, of course, I am still a Thomasian. And I am proud of it.

Mr. Dumlao’s endnote in his lecture: Dominicans put all the money in a hole. All money inside the hole are for God while the excess are for the Dominicans. However, the Jesuits throw all money to the heavens above. And they pray, ‘Lord, take all the money you want.’. Everything that falls down are for the Jesuits. 😀