By Sam Cinco
How’s school? It’s already crunch time for me, so I assume you guys are all feeling the same. We only have a few weeks before the end of the school year. In other words, we only have a few weeks to pass all our requirements, pass all our exams, and basically do everything we can to attain our grade goals for each and every one of our subjects. After all of that, it’ll finally (FINALLY) be our midyear break. While most of us may be planning for the next school year (what subjects to take, what org positions to take, how to find my one and only one, among others), there are some who are planning for something bigger. They are planning the next stage of their lives, and these are none other than the seniors.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again (happening for the first time during this time of the year due to the academic calendar shift). It’s time to say our goodbyes to the seniors. While saying these goodbyes don’t mean we won’t be seeing them again, these goodbyes mean a substantial amount of change in our lives in Econ and within the organization. We say goodbye to some of the people who have once lead our organization. We say goodbye to our ates or kuyas, our guardians (hi Mike huhuhu), who have helped us in every stage of our application process. We say goodbye to some of our older (no insult intended, as in none) classmates who were always ready to share their invaluable insights whenever we didn’t understand something in our lesson or even in our committee work. We say goodbye to breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, playing card sessions, road trips, and just random hohols with certain people. We say goodbye to the sight of certain barkadas at the back parking, at the chairs near the lounge, at the lib building, at the library (there’s a difference from the one prior and you know it), and at the bust area. We say goodbye to random people we see walking around, talking to professors, eating in the lounge, or studying in the library. But really, we’re saying goodbye to our friends, people we value and care about.
For us who aren’t graduating, yes, it’ll be a big change. We’ll have to adapt to something new in UPSE. But the change is even bigger for the seniors. Sure, they would miss the life they had in the college we call home, but they have to adapt to something completely different. It may be adapting to the working world: to the office hours, to the desks and paperwork, or to the nagging bosses. It may be adapting to yet again classrooms and professors, classrooms and professors that would be teaching them more about their chosen field of study. Or it may even be adapting to something completely random such as travelling around the world. It’s basically adapting to the next stage, to the stage after undergraduate college life. Our seniors will ultimately choose the paths they think are the best and this will be a big change.
Whatever the changes may be for both sides though, there are a number of things that will be for sure. We’ll surely never forget all the good times (and the bad) we were able to spend with our senior org mates. We’ll surely never forget about all the things we’ve learned from all of them. We’ll surely never ever forget the people who have made such an impact in our lives in the organization, in UPSE, and in UP. We’re saying our goodbyes for now, but these goodbyes won’t change the friendships built, the memories made, the experiences experienced, the lessons learned, and most importantly, the love felt. The change may come, but the imprint they’ve made in our lives will remain forever.
To the seniors: happy graduation. Congratulations and good luck with all your future endeavors. We’re sure you’ll do great. May you bring the values of honor, excellence and tradition into the next stage of your lives. We love you and we’ll miss you!
<3 We’ll see you when we see you. :)
This article was submitted on May 3, 2015.