It’s already four years since I started my CMC journey with this upstart group of future journalists/media practitioners I call my block mates.
Only 147 units ago, we started sharing recess or lunch together after we found out we had many same free times and subjects.
A UP lifetime hence, most of us have graduated. Many, like me, went on to media or communication jobs–a lot of them far from what we dreamed of when we took up the BA J.
Two are freshmen in the UP College of Law. Some kept the faith in college, staying on to finish or take more subjects. One, still to come back, is doing missions work for his church in Taiwan. A few are still among the pre-employed.
We rarely see each other now. Even in our last year we haven’t hung out together as often as we did.
But it’s overwhelming to look back and see where we’ve placed ourselves in those four years:
- We’ve taken the UP and CMC orgs by storm, many ending up as their chairs, presidents, or vices. Funnily, a lot thought many of us would end up in just one.
- When the great Yvonne Chua was still shunned by many, a number of us braved the testy waters. Now we’ve introduced Chua to batches upon batches of Journ majors filling up slot after slot.
- We almost landed someone to chair the CMC student council. She didn’t win though.
- Two of the three candidates for our batch’s best thesis were by four of us. “What we didn’t learn from the CAP crash” by Claire Jiao and Elsie Cansino, and “New nursing schools open despite ban” (Part 1 and Part 2) by Mark Ching and me have since seen print.
- All four finalists for the GMA 7 President’s Medal came from this block.
- And, we produced BA Journalism’s first summa cum laude after 5 years.
This is actually something I should say not just for K5, but even for our other block K6 and the shiftees and transferees that made Batch 2009 as great as it is.
To think that back in first year, almost all of us thought of shifting to other courses.
These shots are then a tribute to our First year as UP Journ majors, when UP domination wasn’t much in our minds and General Education subjects and random topics covered our conversation.
This was taken even before we had Multiply or Facebook. And it’s a grateful post. If not for a backup DVD I found among the CD rows, these rare and rarely-seen shots would never be seen again.
A caution: not all of us K5 appear in these shots. [UPDATE: Browsing through a blockmate's Multiply album, I retrieved our first pictures as a block. This time, almost all of us are here. ]
More pics at my Multiply gallery.