It was in the year 2009, when I was a graduating elementary student, that our adviser approached me, along with my fellow honors students, about our post-secondary plans. The discussion addressed where we wanted to study in high school.
Most of us said that a regular school would be fine. After a few comments from him, he stated that a prestigious institution had invited us to study there. That’s all there is to it. After a few words from him, our adviser informed us that there was an elite institution inviting us to apply for admittance.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we shouldn’t let pass. Of course, we all knew which school she was talking about. It was the same school our parents and even grandparents attended. The school that created doctors, lawyers, and even the president of the country – La Consolacion College Manila.
So there I was, a fresh high school student, full of dreams and aspirations. High school was different from elementary. It was bigger, the buildings were grander, and the students seemed more mature. But I wasn’t intimidated. I was excited for what was to come.
The first year flew by quickly. I made new friends and learned so many things. High school was fun and challenging at the same time. There were times when I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. I knew that if I persevered, everything would be worth it in the end.
And now, here I am, about to graduate from high school. Time really flies when you’re having fun. High school life was definitely one for the books. I’ll never forget the friends I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned. I am so grateful for everything that has happened. High school life is the best!
We initially felt that we didn’t have enough money to pay for the tuition. But then she informed us that we need not worry since the institution provides us with a full scholarship, as well as a weekly stipend. We were overjoyed by the news. Consider being a Notre Dame of Greater Manila student. That is something to be proud of. So we had an exam scheduled for us. We were really worried. After many days of waiting, the results arrived at last. I was chosen to be the scholar!
Fast forward to my High School Life, it was the best four years of my life. I made a lot of friends and memories that I will cherish forever. From attending classes, joining clubs and organizations, up to participating in school events and activities, everything was just so fun and memorable. Being a scholar also opened a lot of doors for me. I was able to meet different kinds of people, which helped me develop my social skills. I am truly grateful for the opportunity that was given to me. High School Life is definitely something that I will never forget.
When my mother informed me about the prospect, I was ecstatic. It would be my very first time to attend a private institution, one that even impressed me. I traveled to the school to establish my needs there. That was when I realized that I am a De Mazenod Lingap Talino (DMLT) scholar, who will get a 100% scholarship and weekly allowance. What an honor! Mr. Diego Reyes, better known as Sir Jigs or Ma’am Sofie, met me there as well.
They were my advisors who would help me in times of need and give me tips on how to last High School. On the first day of classes, I was really happy and excited. I met a lot of new friends, some of whom would become my best friends for the next four years. High school is not just about academics; it is also a place where you learn more about yourself and others. You mature and grow as a person, learning to take responsibility for your own actions.
The first year flew by quickly and before I knew it, I was already a sophomore. High school life continued and I got involved in different extracurricular activities like joining the campus ministry team and becoming a student leader. These experiences helped me to become more confident and to develop my leadership skills.
High school is definitely a time to enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have attended a good school like De Mazenod High School. It has truly prepared me for the challenges of college and beyond.
They were the ones who assisted me while I was a student there. My first year was difficult. A lot of adjustments had to be made. Of course, I’m not used to having classmates that are techy and affluent. They spoke about gadgets and other gadgets, which is a no-no in my previous school. I’m not used to seeing distinctive clothes or bags. As a result, I didn’t know how to approach them. I’m not as wealthy as they are. In fact, I’m just a regular girl who’s afraid of something else.) Another factor that frightens me is because believed would not be accepted there.
But as time goes by, I learned how to manage my studies and at the same time socialize with other students. High school has taught me a lot of things like time management, leadership, and social skills. I’ve also gained more confidence in myself.
That’s why I acted tough. But it was just a facade. When someone would ask about my family, I would always say that we were doing fine when in fact, we were not. My mother was working two jobs just to support us and my father was always out of work. We were barely surviving.
But there were also good things that happened during my first year in high school. I made new friends who accepted me for who I am. They never judged me because of my background or my status in life. They treated me like I was one of them even though they knew that I was not as wealthy as them. That’s what I love about them. They never made me feel inferior or less than them.
High school life is not always about having fun and partying. Sometimes, it’s also about struggles and overcoming difficulties. But in the end, what matters is that you were able to survive high school and come out as a better person. High school life is definitely one of the most memorable times in a person’s life. It will always hold a special place in my heart.