Two weeks ago, I was vixated with the possible outcome of my grades for my final first term in college. Save for WRIFILM (my favorite subject at the time), my hair turned gray from panicking about NARATIV and TELVPRO because those were two of the most challenging subjects I’ve ever encountered.
Two weeks ago, my dream of graduating with honors was in mere jeopardy. If my GPA went below 2.667, I had no choice but kiss it goodbye and settle for something else. It wasn’t enough for me, however, because all I wanted was to prove to everyone I could be a baton of excellence and not someone who rode on the coattails of people who reached the top through their utmost efforts.
Two weeks ago, sleep became a casualty rather than a necessity. As much as I wanted eight hours in Dreamland daily, it was almost impossible to do so because I spent my free time conceptualizing my narrative pamphlet and brainstorming witty dialogues in what could be the next standard bearer of Philippine cinema.
And then this happened; there is no doubt this is one of the biggest surprises I’ve ever had.
After two terms of frustration, I hit the 3.000 GPA again!!! \:D/
This makes up for the third term earlier in the year when I came close only to get a so-so grade in RADIPRO of all subjects. Nevertheless, I was able to recover from my disappointment, and it was a breeze to get back on track once again!
Note: I don’t have any floating subjects anymore since I took them before I shifted plus my majors are only offered once a year :)
My penultimate term started last Monday, and I hereby present my schedule:
The first two days of second term did not make me yawn even a single second. Our PRODUCE class made us get to know more about the world’s most prolific media moguls and producers. Learning that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas traded ideas for their respective blockbusters (Spielberg’s E.T. was Lucas’ idea, Lucas’ Star Wars was Spielberg’s) left us speechless. As if it was astonishing enough, we were blown away with Jerry Bruckheimer and his works. Before that class, I was not aware he produced Confessions of A Shopaholic! We wrapped up our discussion by watching a short documentary on Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and the pilot episode of his series The Newsroom. Sorkin is known for his lengthy, poetic lines which was a notable observation as we were watching the episode. Try watching YouTube clips of Sorkin’s other works such as A Few Good Men and The West Wing in your spare time and see if you catch the pattern in his writing style.
A light-hearted moment in PRODUCE was us seeing Miss Mamawal react every time a photo of Nicholas Cage popped out in the Jerry Bruckheimer slideshow to pertain the producer’s fascination for the Con-Air star. Haha!
Meanwhile in MSMEDIA, we watched Sir Doy’s documentary on poverty in Manila with some parts showing a young girl reading magazines and newspapers profiling the lifestyle of the wealthy. Upon viewing it, he discussed to us on how morning shows often invites a chef to cook breakfast to be feasted by the hosts thereafter. Sir Doy and I shared the same sentiments all along: media sets the spotlight on nothing else other than glamour when real life is an exact juxtaposition of that.
I’ve been a production intern for Dr. Tullao’s lecture series since Monday and will remain so until the end of the term. Glad I have something productive to do on Monday and Wednesday afternoons besides academics and org work. Another good thing about my current venture is that it exposes me to the world of work after graduation.
Before I end this post, I’d like to thank my orgmates from Green & White for an unforgettable teambuilding last weekend at Club Balai Isabel! Gorgeous environment, good food, and fantastic company.