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Congratulations! After three (or more) years of sleepless nights, arguments with classmates and teachers, gallons of coffee, and more than 20 midterm and final exams, you’re finally in the last stretch of college. By now you feel happy and excited, and perhaps a bit nervous because that future diploma (and that cum laude or magna cum laude title) is so near yet so far. This is your final Founders’ Day celebration as a student, and you start to feel the last stanza of the Silliman Song piercing your heart more and more. And with you being a senior comes the top comment that may annoy you for the rest of the school year: “Wow mu-graduate na ka!” And the top answer? “Di pa gani sure…” or “Puhon, puhon…” But I have to tell you that for starters, if I had my way, I’d be a student again right now.

This would seem rather disconcerting coming from someone who just graduated from college and now a yuppie (young urban professional). And I’m sure you have been thinking about your dream job as early as now. There’s nothing wrong about imagining yourself sitting in the office or walking around on field working for your dream company, but I hope you don’t let it occupy your mind so much that it starts to deprive you of enjoyment with the company of your classmates and friends and doing schoolwork. Because when the time comes and your boss asks you to produce a thousand outputs heavier than the term paper or midterm project your teacher is asking of you right now, you’d perhaps remember this article you once read written by a fellow Sillimanian who’s been there and done that.

Perhaps another one of your dreams is working in big cities like Cebu, Davao, or Manila. There’s nothing wrong with that. But when that time comes, I highly encourage you to think it over several times, maybe even a thousand, unless you live or have a family in those cities. To tell you the truth, I’ve been living in the comfort of Dumaguete for a big part of my life before coming to Manila. And I tell you, all the simple joys and comforts of living in such a laidback city – so simple that you often take them for granted – will be the ones that you will surely miss (and long for) when you work in the metro. Along with going to Manila to work for your dream job is the fact that you’ll have to wake up really early to make it to work (you’ll have to allot 30 minutes to an hour for travel, especially when there’s traffic), wrestle with other passengers in the MRT and LRT, and survive frequent floods (especially along Taft Avenue and España Boulevard), among others. I’m not saying Manila is a scary place, but if you want to work there, you’ll need tons of determination and discipline, especially with money. When I visited a coffee shop in Dumaguete again for Founders this year, I was shocked how coffee prices are so low here; for example, a 90-peso iced café mocha here would be around P150 there.

The bottom line of this article is this: no matter how hard things may go and tiring the requirements may be, savor every moment of college life, especially its last days. Because one day you’ll also be like me revisiting Silliman as a graduate and you’ll wish to God you had a time machine to relive the laughter, jokes, and tears you’ve shared in this beautiful campus by the sea. ~

*Raffy graduated last March with a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree, magna cum laude, and is currently working in Quezon City as a social media producer for GMA News and Public Affairs.

Talking to a Wall
Raffy T. Cabristante

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