A fresh experience: New scholars speak up

A fresh experience: New scholars speak up

by camille.rellosa on July 19, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Freshman scholars Robert Mejorada (IPE), Luis Domingo (SMN), Edgardine Lobigas (SMN) and Nicole Flores (SSE) share their thoughts on their new school. Photos by Camille Rellosa (CAS).

For the new batch of stellar scholars, their life-altering entry to the University exceeded their college expectations and eased their apprehensions.

Having attended their first official general assembly under the scholars organization SABIO last June 27, four freshmen scholars reaffirmed their choice of embarking on the Dragon’s way over other universities they were offered a slot in.

PAREF Southridge alumnus Robert Mejorada (I Institute of Political Economy) said that he feels “thankful and blessed,” a feeling Luis Domingo (I School of Management) shares for being granted full scholarship by the University.

The boys, though clearly grateful, don’t just plan to stop there. Mejorada wants to somehow return the favor by giving back through “justice,” while Domingo vows to “study hard to maintain grades and not to be influenced by bad things.”

Entrepreneurial Management major Edgardine Lobigas said she is “happy and proud” as a scholar. Though she admitted to having been uneasy with the impression that the environment has “high social standards,” this was quickly dismissed during her first few days in campus.

For Lobigas, she immediately learned how the University is flexible and its community is of friendly and accommodating people, a sentiment shared by future mathematician Nicole Flores (School of Sciences and Engineering). “I feel blessed and comfortable because of approachable friends,” Flores said.

“The professors are cool and masaya (fun),” added Flores, who hails from Santa Elena High School in Marikina.

These scholars, however, worry about how to balance their academics and extra curricular activities, while at the same time maintaining the level of excellence and completing hours of service expected of them by the University.

UA&P’s trademark Mentoring Program has been poised to assist each student personally, while student organizations such as SABIO, with its projects and activities, act as strong support groups for scholars like Flores, Mejorada, Lobigas and Domingo who wish to excel not only in academics but as student leaders as well.

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