“How was summer?” The teacher asked. “Short.” The students replied. Common, expected and no-brainer q&a’s that teachers never fail to ask and students always make clear. With the first ever 5 month long summer, what seemed to have been every student’s dream downgraded to a little more than just bragging rights. This changed the odds; therefore, allowing me to arrive with a different answer. “How was summer?” You might ask? “TOO long.”
Being one of the last universities to start the academic year, I have had my fair share of hearing stories on “what college is like” from my friends who have started earlier. Since a lot of the stories, advice and hear-says cannot be entirely adapted to my situation, I do not make a big deal out of it. I take note of it, yes, but it ends there.
Contrary to what many say, I do not believe that college is all about the tedious paper work, challenging examinations, equally demanding org work and of course, the highly anticipated college parties. Ask me what my expectations for college are, and you will hear none of what you already know. I do not expect college to necessarily prepare me for my future profession. However, I do expect it to prepare me for life after graduation.
My best friend’s mom graduated BS Architecture, but is currently working as the Chief Operating Officer of Crystal Jade. My aunt graduated BS Economics who ended up opening a pre-school that eventually closed down. With hardly any background on cooking, she decided to run one of the family businesses, a restaurant. My mom belonged to the country’s top 10 passers when she took her Architectural board exams. She practiced for a certain time but eventually became a housewife. Haven’t you ever wondered why people end up burning the midnight oil for a degree they will NOT eventually use?
With this in mind, I expect college to prepare me not for work (cause heck I don’t even know what I will be), rather, for what’s ahead of me—the unpredictable, unfair and electrifying LIFE after college! I expect college to teach me the values of hard work, persistence, patience, compassion, love and acceptance. All of which are necessary in order to make it.
They say in college, you will do things you never thought you could. You will be asked to solve mathematical equations that are next to impossible. You will be required to submit papers day in day out to the point that your nose will bleed and your hand will tire. You will meet people you will cling to and hold very close to your heart. Unfortunately, you will also fail.
In the end, I hope I will learn to rise above the challenges, and in the process come out as a better person. I’d like to believe that all the college requirements are simply not just to torment the students, but more importantly to equip them with the values and lessons necessary in order to survive the world we live in.
With the month of August kicking in, college (for me) is definitely around the corner. What excites me most about starting college is the possibilities that having a brand new slate brings. No one knows who I am, or what I am capable of. As of now, I am a nobody, yet this isn’t necessarily bad. It gives me a leeway to work for my identity and the person I want to be.
My 5 month long summer is coming to an end. Tomorrow, I will be a full pledged college student. It’s time to close what has been, and open a new chapter of my life. College better be ready for me.
Kara Pe is starting her freshman year at the University of the Philippines. In high school, she was involved in the dramatics guild and social action club of her school. She’s looking forward to continuing her passions in college, while at the same time, exploring everything the college life has to offer.