Category Archives: Student Diaries

First semester, first year college.

1 semester down, 7 more to go!

What made you busy in the past few days of semestral break? It is in the mindset of everyone that  students on semestral break go out of their houses, see their friends, stroll around the mall, watch a movie, or hop on to the nearby beach.  But I think not everyone can do that all in the semestral break.

The first pain of a college student: the grades.

Grades being online

I think it is a good thing for our school (and luckily, for most schools in the city) that grades are posted in their respective online student portals. This made the waiting more convenient for students, specially those who cannot wait for the paper results to be in and those students who travel to the provinces during the rest period.

My school’s online student portal.

But the not-so-good thing about grades being online is the state of being worried every single time you are to use the website. Our online student portal may look like a Facebook page due to its blue bar at the upper portion, but this website sometimes spell misery, especially for students who do not perform that well in school.

Also, our Student Information System (or SIS, as Ateneans call it) does not display the numerical grades of the student. Instead, the site shows you letters with a range of grade A to grade B, for example an A for grades ranging from 92 to 100. (I heard that older batches who are still enrolled in the university can see their numerical grades)

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My second personal pain: the yearbook.

I may have graduated high school with flying colors, but my responsibility as an editor-in-chief for our batch memento still exists and is being performed religiously. (Yes, religiously.)

When the break already started, my daily trip to the printing press started again. I had been in constant touch with our dedicated layout artists, staffers and school administrators, each one helping me out and finish it just in time before second year. (Hopefully.)

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Third on my list: love of alma mater.

Since I love my alma mater that much, I have dedicated my time and little expertise to students in need, specially for the radio broadcasting team in the Davao City Division Schools Press Conference, and for the debaters in the 2012 Philippine Schools Debate Championship (Hey, I was there last year!)

My presence was called by the trainors and me, who cannot say no to them, agreed to be there and help.

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Fourth and maybe the last, for now: rest and relaxation.

I need all the time I could have to rest and relax. College life has never been relaxing and easy for me, and I think I deserve that little rest I can get. Who among you would not want to rest even for two week’s time? I guess none.

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This time may be given to us for rest and relaxation primarily, but let us also use this time to be more productive at home: helping in the household chores, doing part-time jobs, and many more. Let us also take time to review the past 5 months of school and evaluate ourselves of our performance and our personal relationship with our colleagues.

How’s your semestral break so far? Leave a comment and let’s talk anything under the sun.