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It’s been one month since I’m here in Vancouver and there have been a lot of changes and feelings that I felt coming here as an international student. I just want to share some of my feelings and realizations I had for the length of my stay. First of all, the atmosphere is so different. Everyone is so peaceful, friendly and relaxed. People here are very courteous when it comes to greetings and of course, humanity in general. I can personally say I have changed a bit, being in a less stressful and busy environment.
Second, the university here is much different. Learning has been more of student initiated rather than instructor initiated. All work have been pre-readings and lectures are there to discuss main topics. Quite a change and adjustment coming from a school that really helps each person to learn and excel, even to the point of teachings going after students for requirements. Schooling here is much different, professors and students have a different kind of relationship. Asking questions isn’t necessarily hard, but takes effort. You will need to want to learn for you to learn here.
Third is swimming and exercise. I have been swimming for the past month, and I can say that I have now been more physically active than the last year of IB, given that I have more time and of course, facility is readily available and my housing as well. Training here is much different from the Philippines, here maximum training being 1 hour and 30 mins. I can say that swimmers are generally equal. When I heard the news in the Philippines regarding UAAP swimming competition, it really shocked me on how swimmers are treated and how rules are very protective of the commissions’s interest rather than the athlete’s interest. I really hope this could change.
Finally is the system here is a lot different. Systems are very efficient and people are encouraged to be part of the solution by reporting, being responsible and of course, respectful. There is this sense that everyone has power. People are empowered to make sure that everything is working and making the city a little better everyday. It just made me realize that this is very important for building a city and a nation. One thing that we really need in the Philippines as we progress.
Generally, for my own experience and feelings, I have been regularly going to mass and the mass is different here too. I still maintain my prayer life and I hope for it to become better. I quite miss the feeling of being home, the feeling of someone there to always support you and of course, friends to have meals with. I miss those friends I chat with every night and share my stories with. I miss the calls I make to my friends as I get to know them more. But I think this sacrifice is a sacrifice that is worth pursuing, especially as I grow up in a very globalized world.
I just hope I am in the proper place and everything will be good.
Happy monsary to me! 🙂
It was judged during my H2 days that I was not fit to be part of the IB program. I still remember the day, that was morning, in Mr. Alvarez’s class that the IB acceptance letter was given. Our class was different and being able to go to the IB program was some sort of a “opportunity”. It was something I was quite sad of. I was dreaming to be in that program for the past 3 years since my friends from abroad told me the program was useful. It took me a lot of effort and courage to want to be in the program even having a talk with the principal and the IB coordinator.
I am not the same person as I am now. Honestly, after going in to IB, I was quite scared. I had classmates that I never knew and even feeling that they were transferees. I was trying to be a person the same as 2B but everything changed afterwards. My teachers and peers were able to help me become part of IB. I was accepted, even though at first not. I can say that my friendship with people during the start was limited to those people I met in 2B or maybe in Chinese Advance.
Time went on and during the 1st year, I try to do my best. Getting to know new friends and even getting close to some of the teachers who were at the first place, very welcoming and caring. It was a simultaneous journey and we needed to help each other improve. After a while, I got to know more people and got close to even some of them. IB XCE enhanced the experience and friendship that all of us had, even having friends that are welcoming even though something has happened.
It was not easy for me to balance sports, ECAs and studies at the same time. It was during the IB that I can say these things became clearer to me and I was able to change my work ethic and got to do more in less time. I was able to hold an Aquathlon, still be part of the YCLC and at the same time, swim as much as I can. The more busy I was, the better my grades were.
IB changed the way I looked at things. I can say that in IB, I was able to grow as a person. Becoming well-rounded and have a sense of ethical responsibility toward others. To be able to help is something very humbling and even sharing knowledge to others. I can still remember the sleepless nights especially during IA submission, Sem Tests, deadlines, etc. It was during those times that friendships were tested and became stronger.
2nd year of IB was the hardest for me. IT was hard in a way that I needed to cope up with different things and try to relearn everything needed. It was a time of heavy information overload and these things made it more challenging. CETs were also in place and college decisions were needed. It was a hurdle and I can say that being able to talk to someone or even having a friend is something that can help you in this hard journey.
Finally, the last sem tests came. It was some sort of liberation for us, but at the same time a lonely feeling that IB has ended (XS wise). It was a time to end friendships, and even go on with life. It’s not easy for someone who didn’t get in initially to let go of all the hardships and learnings that has happened.
For sure I am not the best student in class. I can even become very tamad and even not do things. But I can really say that I learned from it. It was due to IB that I was able to manage my time, my learnings and apply them.
In the external exams, things were finally coming to a close. The last exam, being BM, was a turning point in my life. It was an end of a rough journey and friendship with people. I really can’t put in words how much grateful I am to IB in whole.
Now, I just want to thank everyone who was part of my formation as a student and person. I know I am not the best person, but you were able to make me a better person in the long run. Thank you to the faculty that taught me:
English – Mr. EJ Legaspi (I know that I am not the best in English and maybe even have some contradictions but you surely made english a fun subject)
Mandarin – Ms Hazel Wong (I can be very noisy in class but I make sure to do my best in order to everything work. Thank you, laoshi, for motivating me to do more)
BM – Mr. Gan (Thanks, Mr. Gan, for being a mentor to me. I know you know where I am coming from, and I thank you for all the advise and wisdom that you gave me).
Math – Ms. Manatad (I may not be the best in math. I know I can be very tamad sometimes in class. Thank you for not giving up on me even in those trials)
Chemistry – Mrs. Albano (Thank you for giving us a motherly love and even teaching us things about life. You also made me love chem and appreciate it)
History – Mr. Reyes (I don’t know how to thank you, Mr. Reyes for all the things you have done for me from China to history classes. You are indeed a part of my formation and thank you for making forming me to be a person.)
TOK – Mr. Marana (Thanks cher for making us think of other things and in different perspectives. You made us more holistic and well-rounded. Thanks for all the advise and tips in life too!)
CLE – Mr. Buemio and Mr. Agtarap (Thanks cher, for giving me a better understanding of our Lord, and not just only an absolutist one. You indeed made me more well rounded)
Ms.Moscoso, Mrs. Cacacho, Thank you for giving me an opportunity to be a student if IB even though I am not qualified for it. I know that it was a hard decision for you, but I hope that you were correct in giving that decision.
Ms. Rocafort, thanks for always being there to support us in our IB documents and processes. Thanks for allowing me to know you more.
To my ECA Moderators: Sir Binggoy, Sir Porqui, Sir Hofi, Ms. Aqe: You were always there to guide me and make me a better person. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Your advises and guides will always be with me. Thank you!
To my co-staffers (S220 and S223) – I know that we were are the ones together sometimes. Thanks for supporting me and trusting me in singing, and performing my duties. Thanks for being with me after days.
And to my friends in the IB: Thanks so much for a 2 year journey that we will not forget. Thanks for accepting me as a person and even strengthening our friendships.
And finally to Jess: IB cannot be done with out you. You were always there to guide me and you were my companion in happiness and sadness. Thanks for giving me the energy to sustain whatever I am doing.
Thank you IB. You were truly a chapter and milestone in my life. Thank you everyone for giving me the opportunity to be better and to serve. I hope we can still see each other afterwards!
THANK YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS! MAY YOU GUYS CONTINUE TO BE GOOD! 🙂
Praise Jess! 🙂
Our class watched the movie pertaining to someone claiming that he has lived for more than 10,000 years. Our teacher gave us something to think about and made us blog what we would like to learn after 1,000 years and how would we like to learn them.
In my context, I want to know how the system of transportation are in the world. I have been particularly amazed by how the transportation systems of other countries are. I would also like to learn how the Philippines would be doing already. There are predictions that the Philippines would be one of the top countries and I want to see that in the future.
Why do they think that those foods are weird?
- Sting Bugs
- Cooked Crickets
- Codfish Sperm
- Mopane Caterpillar
The main point of the scripture was the convey to us that without our action, the faith that we have with the Lord is useless. In relation to the gospel, Jesus invites us to be his disciple and being his disciple would involve many sacrifices. Jesus tells us not only to believe in the things he has taught us, but also act these things out and in return, this will save us. In my life, I also have experienced many things and sometimes those things are things that are very theoretical. After reading this passage, I am now aware of the possible implications of my actions; doing is really what is important.
我这个星期挺忙的。由于上个星期没有上课，所以每位老师给我们很多作业。他们也很快教我们课。我这星期也有DWTL。我在那边去帮忙。每天上课后我回去EED看我们那边的东西。真的没有时间锻炼身体。我希望下个星期我能游泳。我这个星期也很晚去睡觉。这是因为有很多作业，然后周末也没有空儿。老师们也给我们很多作业在长周末去做。这是因为有节日了（Edil Fitr, Ninoy Aquino Day)。我只有两天做四天的作业。也是很累。这个周末我去DWTL帮忙真的很累。只有四个小时去睡觉然后每一天一定跟别人谈话，听别人的故事等等。不过，累是累，但获得很多经历。我希望下次能做更多的事，在最短的时间！