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Graduation reflections

Graduation reflections

I’ve always dreamed of graduating from college. There seemed to be nothing better than finally getting school over with and start earning my own money. School seemed to be a chore, with an endless line of professors telling me what not to do, what to do, and when and how to do it.
Now that I’m finally getting my diploma, though, I’m surprised by the realization that despite my countless gripes as a college student, I’m scared of leaving.

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A fangirl for Frankl

A fangirl for Frankl

When I got a low prelim grade in our subject Theories of Personality, I was determined to make up for it. Our professor gave us a chance at extra credit by giving a report to the class and Paula and I chose to do one together on Viktor Frankl.

You know how they say that you don’t find love, love finds you? I didn’t think this report would lead me to one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I have fallen so unexpectedly in love with the Frankl book I checked out from the library <3


I’m not much for reading nonfiction, but this? Damn! I couldn’t put it down. I read it everywhere: on a bus, in the bathroom, in a bar… In fact, it’s been due at the library for at least four days, but I don’t want to return it yet, it’s so good.

Frankl was a Holocaust survivor, whose experience in concentration camps molded his psychological theory that man’s life is directed towards finding meaning. This theory is called logotherapy, from the Greek logos or “meaning”.

He states that one can find meaning in life by the following:

1. Creativity: by the act of producing something, e.g. painting, writing
2. Experience: by experiencing beauty or goodness, or by fully experiencing another human being by loving him

Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him.

3. Attitude: by having a positive outlook on unavoidable suffering

For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn one’s predicament into a human achievement.

What I love about this theory of personality is how it states that man, despite his circumstances, always has a choice: the freedom of choosing the attitude to take towards the present conditions, unpleasant and unchangeable though they may be.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Honestly, I felt like such an ultranerd-geek-dweeb when I reported, because I really love the topic! I was so friggin’ enthusiastic and bubbly in front of the class, trying to get them as excited as I was about Frankl.

So maybe that low prelim grade was a blessing in disguise, because it led me to find this excellent book. The only problem now is that I have to return it and find a copy of my own, because every day it’s due at the library is costing me five pesos.
 
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On being a college sophomore and feeling infinite

On being a college sophomore and feeling infinite

Friday. The last day of my second year in college.

Goddamn, I feel old. I’m halfway through college. Granted, I’ll be taking up law, so that’s four more years of study, but I still feel so old. What happened to the days when I was just a frosh, and I looked at UST with wonder-filled eyes?


I spent my last day not with blockmates, but with The Best Friend. We went to SM North Edsa. First stop: Toy Kingdom!

 Megasketcher photos are becoming our “thing”.

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Last of 2010

Last of 2010

The gorgeous fireworks I missed at this year’s Paskuhan!
[Photo source.]

Here we are, less than 24 hours from the beginning of a new year.

2010 has been terrific. Most of it has been fun, thanks to the incredible people in my life. This year, I have met new, fantastic friends (I’m looking at you, Tumblr folks) and become closer with old ones.

This year, I have learned to drink not only vodka, but beer, cocktails, gin, wine, and hard liquor. I have been to several bars, learned drinking games (27 and Bobo Shot, heh), and learned to walk straight even with a fuckton of alcohol in my system. I am somewhat proud to say that I can now outdrink the very people (my neighbors from Marikina) who taught me to drink. Um, yay??

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