Throughout his Silliman journey, Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) President Allison Cruyff F. Ladero served not just himself but others as well. Juggling responsibilities in both academic and co-curricular fields, Ladero proved that he can excel as long as the passion exists. Last Feb. 12, the senior Philosophy major was among the 20 University Honors and he was awarded as the Most Outstanding Student of the Year (MOSY). Let us get to know our MOSY more.
- Being awarded as the Most Outstanding Student of the Year, what is your legacy to Silliman University?
I honestly don’t know, but I’m hoping my story could, at least, leave a mark in this alma matter for students to see in the future. And hopefully, I could be an inspiration to them especially on not giving up.
- What qualities should a recipient of the Most Outstanding Student of the Year Award possess?
When we were screened, Silliman’s 5Cs (Classroom, Church, Community, Culture and Court) were the basis so I guess it’s really important to have experienced all 5Cs in your whole Silliman journey. But I think more than that, it’s necessary to have a heart for others.
- To whom do you dedicate this award?
This award is really for my family, friends, and loved ones. I don’t think I’d be able to see its worth if not for their genuine love and support. The award is one of the symbols of how much I value all of them.
- What tips can you give to students who also wanted to be awarded as the Most Outstanding Student of the Year?
I don’t think the award matters a lot. After having received the award, I’m still the same Allison Ladero. Nothing has changed. I think students should just keep doing what they love to do and think less of the awards they could get out of those things. As long as you’re passionate with what you’re doing, you’re already outstanding in your own way and that’s what matters the most to be honest.
- What was the most challenging school year for you and why?
Definitely this school year. It’s senior year. There’s thesis, SUSG, graduation requirements, preparation for the real world, etc. The pressure and stress are just extreme. Yeah, it really tested my individuality.
- How do you balance your responsibilities or priorities?
It’s hard but knowing which one is more urgent and working on it immediately allows you to maximize your time. It’s a matter of clustering your priorities, I guess, and choosing which ones to work on first and so on because certainly you can’t work on them all at the same time.
- What were the sacrifices you made just to maintain your grade?
I missed a lot of events and moments with my friends, family and loved ones which is sad. But sacrificing some of the time you could have spent with the most significant people in your life is sadly necessary at times in order to be productive in your field.
- What were some of your regrets in your college life?
Not opening my heart to someone. Char. Hahahahaha. Also, not being able to read a lot of books due to having loaded extracurricular activities. But it’s okay.
- What is one thing you hate and one thing you love about school?
I hate 7AM classes in school. They ruin students’ lives haha. But I love the atmosphere I get everytime I arrive in school especially when I see my funny friends.
- How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I see a stronger and more mature Allison. Someone who’s still struggling in life but is unbelievably happy at the same time. That’s all I want to attain right now, nothing specific yet.
- What is the greatest temptation students should resist?
It’s always been procrastination, I think. I’m a doer of this, too, like most students. I think we ought to overcome this temptation if we desire to become productive in school.
- What important life lesson would you like your fellow Sillimanians to reflect upon?
A lot actually, but I guess the one thing I value so much right now which I think everyone should ponder on is that happiness is something that we choose and make for ourselves. If we keep on “maoying” and overthinking about [academics], love life, frustrations, etc, and not get up and choose to rise above the plight we’re in, then happiness will never come. I think we should be conscious of this important personal choice that only we can decide on.