As the end of the semester nears its end, students of the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, comes face to face with their most difficult challenges as students. Like Charles Darwin’s Survival of the fittest, college students are tested with not only their academic knowledge but also their life skills and abilities to cope with tons of workload and stress. Students at an alarming rate are being sent to the university infirmary for sicknesses due to sleep deprivation and palpitations from excess caffeine consumption. With all the papers students have to do and exams they have to study for, the 24 hours we were given in a day is definitely not enough.
TOP 10 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM TAKING DEVC 30, TWICE!
AND WHY I DON’T REGRET IT.
DEVCOM 30 IS A FUN SUBJECT. Trust me. Anyone who’s anyone, who has taken the subject, would tell you how fun, interactive and engaging the subject is. The broadcasting concepts, learning about the history and inventions that had lead to it and actually being able to manipulate the console and broadcast is a one kind exposure, development communication students are privileged to have experienced. Lucky enough for me, (Don’t ask why) I was blessed enough to actually take the subject twice, study for the same concepts twice and broadcast double times the fun and actually appreciate and absorb every lesson, detail that I have encountered. Not only that, I was also blessed to have taken the subject twice from the same professor, Sir Mark Chico.
I have always thought that I wouldn’t be able to have enough confidence to be featured on TV or any broadcast platform, but here I am having broadcasted 4 times and survived it.
PAK! PAK! GANERN?
Without any further, here are my Top 10 learnings from Devcom 30, Fundamentals of Community Broadcasting.
Whenever I feel a little lonely, I look up and think about all these silly things that would obviously never happen. I would think about money bearing plants and if ever the trees surrounding me could reach the moon. I would think about aliens and how weird it is that they still haven’t made contact with us (if ever they really exist). I think about the woman in front of me who was rushing and who seemed to be feeling bad about something. What was she thinking about? Why was she rushing? I don’t think I’ll ever know.
I walk more and I see all these people who have their own separate lives, not caring about anyone who isn’t a priority, not caring about the people who was passing them by, not caring about me. Me, who was busy thinking about what other people are thinking about. Is that creepy? Looking at people and thinking about what they’re thinking about? I laugh because it’s funny how people are always thinking about themselves and what they need. I laugh more because I remembered I was one of them. I wasn’t anything special.
And then I get a text from a friend about something that was interesting and everything that I was busy thinking about the past few minutes vanished like the sun on a sunset. Never to be known by others, never to matter.
What about you? What do you do when you feel a little blue? Are you just like me? I hope so.