By Darrell Rosales
A lot of people know me as the big guy with red hair who walks around campus as if he has no classes to attend to. Some might be my former or current classmate, group mate, or work mate.
In some of my organizations, I am the guy who keeps on looking for the downside of every activity; He who is not afraid of pointing out mistakes and at the same time helps in finding the solution; He who keeps on singing at the oriental hall, loudly I might add, though his notes are flying everywhere. But, believe it or not, I’m not the same person as I was way back in my yesteryears.
Believe it or not, I was a shy boy.
I barely talked unless I had no choice. That was me.
Transferring schools was somehow my former habit, so I didn’t have that many people that I could consider my friends. Fast forward to my freshman year in Silliman High school, my shyness worsened because I was intimidated by all of my classmates especially those who were so called Sillimanians since their nursery years. I think it was a few weeks later that year that I started telling myself, “Dar, you should stop being shy and try to be confident.
Take a leap of faith, who knows where it might lead.”
And so, I did. I started participating more during classes, I joined the Senior Scouts (though that didn’t last long) and even went all the way to audition to the search for representative of the Purple Vipers for the Vocal Solo Competition during Palakasan.
I didn’t finish my high school years in Silliman, but I did learn a lot from that short time. I brought this whole new perspective in life back to my old town, back to my old academy.
Sophomore year was a rough start while Junior year was more forgiving. I started to talk during our convocations, becoming the speaker for the opening and closing remarks all the way to becoming the host of the event.
Senior year was full of blessings.
I became the first Vice President of the first Student Council of our academy. I was even chosen to be one of the three representatives for our annual school pageant. Though that confidence didn’t really help me when I courted my first girlfriend
(and yes you read that correctly. I was straight and confused back then.)
Fast forward to the present. I am forever thankful for that decision I made back in high school. I am so thankful that I talked myself into taking a leap of faith and went out of my comfort zone. Because of that simple thing, I am now one of the many active students here in the university. Now I am writing not because I want to brag about the things that I have done over the past few years.
I am writing for the sole purpose of hopefully inspiring the shy and the apathetic. It’s never too late to tell yourself to break out that shell and come out to experience the world. Join as many organizations as you possibly can (and afford). This is one of the any
ways of meeting new people from different walks of life. Celebrate and participate in any activity in the university or even in your community because it is your pen to writing a new chapter in your life. Though it might be difficult and boring at first, but trust me, it’s going to be very worthwhile.
So, care to take a leap of faith?