student life

Being a student is undeniably one of the most exciting moment in a person’s life. It is similar to having a roller coaster ride with several loops on the side.  Ups and downs with matching 360 degree turn are part and parcel of the students’ life. Lectures, discussion, quizzes, examination, homework, group activities, extra curricular activities, and even cat fights and school rumble are the gist of being a student.

Also, not to forget the following:

  • burst of laughters
  • uncontrollable tears
  • squabbles
  • endless chatting (a.k.a. chikahan) and teasing

Moving forward, below were the unforgettable memories in my life as a student:
Kindergarten
Out of the blue, my classmate, C, kissed me on the cheeks. I burst into tears and cried loudly. I don’t know if he still remembers it, but I still do. He was a cutie then, I wonder how he looks like now. Hmmm…..

Primary
When we were about to be spanked with a stick (punishment for not bringing our garden tool) by our teacher, we ran away from him.

Secondary (High School)
Some of the boys in the senior class went to our room and started attacking one of our classmate. Whoa! It’s a total rumble! Chairs were literally flying and it’s a real showdown of skinny boys. (See related article –> high school )

Tertiary
I was walking towards our department building when I witnessed a lover’s quarrel. The girl threw the engagement ring with all the emotions that you can imagine in the school owner’s fish pond.
I frozed and the quickly went back to the building where I came from.

Masteral
I used to be a perennial latecomer especially in my first subject (8a.m.) which was then handled by the President of the University. Nevertheless, I still got a high grade and one of my classmates whined about it because he’s always early and he got a lower grade.

Post Graduate Course
Our lecturer team me up with a German lady and Austrian guy in a group activity. The German lady acted like she’s well verse with the topic and monopolized the discussion. The Austrian guy was just nodding his head and then asked for my opinion.

Although I was tongue tied for a bit, I did manage to give my brief but concise opinion (with a smile) which was absolutely contradictory to what the German lady was saying.

Doctorate (PhD)
Shali and I was heavily scolded by the Dean of the Graduate College because we did not attend the Qualifying Exam on the “scheduled date”. It was a shocker and weird because we both saw that the schedule should be the next day.

We were finally allowed to take the exam after being grilled. I decided not to continue my PhD after passing the Qualifying Exam. :p

A mischievous smile lights up my face whenever I reminisce my student life. I can say that I’ve been naughty and nice? 😀

travel for “free”

Who doesn’t want to travel without spending a penny on airfare, accommodation, and pocket money? Come on! The clamor for free stuff is like a common denominator for most homosapiens (if not all!).

In any case, hitting the jackpot from a lucky draw or lottery, receiving a travel gift from a friend or relative, and flying for a business trip are some of the options to travel for free.

Applying for a scholarship is another alternative. Fat chance? Nah… As they say, there’s no harm in trying…that is speaking from experience. :p You betcha! It was one ordinary day when an opportunity knocked unexpectedly.

Although when I saw the notice, the due date shows that I’ve already missed the deadline. Without any hesitation, I still gave it a shot! Good thing the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the Philippines accepted my late application.

It may sound crazy but the moment I saw the notice, I had this gut feeling that it’s meant for me. Don’t get me wrong…. It was not a smooth sailing process. Along the way, doubts and hindrances occurred every now and then; yet, I blocked the negative elements and focused in the application.

Below are the steps that I went through:
1. Department Head – Letter of Application Approval and Recommendation
2. University President – Letter of Application Approval and Recommendation
3. Gather required documents and submit application to NEDA main office.
4. Take and pass the written examination in NEDA main office.
5. NEDA shortlists the applicants from all over the Philippines. Alloted slots per country will determine how many will be chosen.
6. NEDA will then notify the selected applicant to apply in the partner school of the sponsoring country. In my case, it was Maastricht School of Management (MSM) in the Netherlands (a.k.a. Holland).
7. MSM selects from the applicants from all over the world.
8. The chosen applicant will then receive a conditional admission letter from MSM.
9. Submit required documents (including the conditional admission letter) to Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP).

TheCuriousMe Note:
*** My documents reached the Netherlands embassy after the cut off time, so they advised me to request for deferment from MSM.
MSM deferred my application and gave me a slot for the following year.

10. NFP will do a worldwide selection.
(According to our Program Manager, there were more than 500 applicants from all over the world for the Managerial Control and Management Information System (MCMIS) course)
11. NFP picked 15 participants for the MCMIS.
(Participants came from Thailand, Bhutan, Philippines, Nigeria, South Africa, South America, Palestine, Euthopia… – I forgot the others :p)
12. Process documents and apply for visa then fly via Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM).

Sounds easy? How I wish. Sigh… It was VERY tough. Aside from going through a rigid screening, completing the needed documents, being deferred for one year… receiving hurtful words from the one of the university signatories was the “main attraction”. She gave me a mouthful… specifically stating: “you’re not qualified”, “you will not get the scholarship”, etc.

I didn’t even know how I managed to snag the scholarship. Let’s just say, no matter how many struggles we go through, and the light of hope gets dimmer and dimmer, if it’s meant to be… it’s meant to be. Aja!