By Rafael Mirafuente
In my quest to obtain the most coveted title ‘Member of the UP Economics Society,’ I have gathered a great deal of knowledge, and more importantly wisdom, about the Society. An amount so incredibly high that it would be greater than the combined wisdom of all members of the Execom—for wisdom is only attained through failure. And failed, I have. So now I put into writing, for all the generations of Ecosoc applicants to come, an epic guide so legendary, it would make everyone wonder: why has he not been accepted yet?
All right, if you’ve read this far, I thank you for believing in me. Sad to say, that introduction is but a fantasy; a wish that only a magical blue genie could grant. Besides, if I had a wish from a magical blue genie it wouldn’t be wisdom to get into Ecosoc; I would wish for wisdom to get into other things! In the end, there is no sure-fire way to get accepted. Even hard work and outstanding competence won’t help you if you’re an annoying little brat.
So what can you do to give yourself an edge? I’ll tell you what. Write an awesome article about how to get into Ecosoc. Maybe add how awesome Ecosoc is, because it really is (super) awesome. Be sure to complete all four CDC’s! [Editor: Five, actually.] Otherwise, that’s a sure-fire way to not getting accepted. Moreover, once you’ve completed them, don’t be a dick signing up and hogging all the slots. Those slots are more precious than you think. Try to make it to as many events as you can; pop your head in for a few minutes to create the illusion that you are omnipresent. Take advantage of the sig-sheet, there’s no better opener out there than saying “hey girl, can I have your signature?” Finishing your Tambay Hours is a piece of cake, add a few minutes each time you’re there and you’ll quickly save up an hour or two of your not so precious college time (damn freshmen!). And most importantly: make friends!
Friendship is what’ll get you in the organization. I don’t mean getting all brown-nosed with important people, rather it will be all the motivation you need to try your best. People and company is what will make you enjoy what you do. To get to spend time with personalities you love is what’ll get you up from bed on an early Saturday morning. Sometime in the middle of your application process, you might stumble upon a wall, suddenly unmotivated to do well with the application. It could be overwhelming academics, or simply the cumbersome org-work. It’s this wall that’s the reason that people fail, and the best way around it is through friendship. It’s also the same reason why I keep applying: to get closer to my friends from the School. I suppose the best advice I could give you would be to learn to love the people. Before you know it, the application process will magically and quickly turn from work into pleasure.
Finally, you should never be discouraged! And if you fail, remember to try again… and again and again and again…