A Love Affair with the Ateneo

I finally got around to writing a post about my college graduation.

For the longest time, I already knew that I wanted to go to Ateneo. Probably because of the hype surrounding the Blue Eagles every time UAAP season comes along but I didn’t know exactly why. There is no one in my immediate family who graduated from that university. Most of them came from DLSU-Manila and UP-Diliman. I didn’t really think about seriouslyย going to college there until fourth year HS when we started filling out college application forms. I remember going to the Ateneo campus for the first time before I took my UPCAT to submit my application form and feeling so enamored, which I’m happy to say I still felt everyday when I went to school. I can also still remember finding out I passed the ACET at our class outreach and trying to convince my parents that I wanted to go to Ateneo.

To be honest, I really don’t know what to say about my university life. I can say all the usual things, such asย I met my friends for life in university, I learned so much, Philo and Theo changed my life, etc., and it’s true. I’m thankful for my Jesuit education despite the sleepless nights having to study for my Philo and Theo (in Filipino!) orals, having to finish a Histo play and a tank that can fit people for a water fight designed as a Greek mythology character for Battle of Bel at the same time, experiencing two summers in Europe representing the Philippines through singing ย and performing with the ACGC (the awards and trophies were just a big bonus!), choosing to take a legendary professor even if it meant there was a chance to fail (hi Fr. Dacanay), celebrating my 20th birthday with a performance at a cultural show (Brindis) then having one of the worst carpool rides going home (3 hours from Katipunan to Alabang, leaving at 10PM) then having to wake up an hour later to get ready for a 10-hour JEEP insertion at SM Fairview then having to fill out our forms for our Schengen VISA then crashing to my bed when I got home at 6:30PM.

But probably the best things I experienced in Ateneo were those moments, and I would choose to do the same thing over and over if I had to.

I’ll miss seeing the falling leaves as I drive inside the campus, rushing to class before the second bell from MVP301, rehearsing until 9PM and running to carpool to get home, walking along the Red Brick Road especially after my night classes, hearing people discuss Kant, Aristotle, Scott Peck, Philippine Histo and IQMCN all in one conversation, supporting different org events from watching PAC performances to buying balloons and what-nots from the Doghouse, fearing going to class because of terror profs but eventually feeling thankful at the end of a semester because it changed your life, seeing the campus light up at night during the Christmas season.. what an endless list.

To everyone who made the past 4 years one of the best so far, thank you from the bottom of my heart:
Block G
Block M(anresa)
BF-Alabang Hills Carpool
ACGC
Fr. Dacanay, Ma’m Angeles, Sir Calano, Sir Tirol, Srta. Young, Sir Tanny, Ma’m Carlos
ACGC Batch 2009/2013
Mom, Dad, Ica, Gaby, Fonso, Rafy, Belle, Lance

Thank you, Ateneo. For everything. AMDG.

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