A Decade After

Ten years ago today, April 2, I graduated in college. I marched my way to get my diploma in this gymnasium. I was given a round of applause by my friends and family, and I remember having fun years of PE classes here.


The school's main entrance where jeepneys pass and make ikot in the whole campus. I remember when this road was not cemented yet, and we were covering our heads with tubao, or bandanna. Lucky for me because I do not pass this entrance because there's some wing entrance areas that are capable of entrance and exits to students and motorcycles; that one near the flat where i stay. The building you see is called Y building because of its structure, this is the administrative building where we line up for payments of tuition (which I don't pay at all, being a priviledged student). You can just imagine how long the walks are when you are in our school. From buildings to buildings, you have to suffer walking a good distance of 500 meters or more just to get to your class' building.


We call this the H building, here is where Accountancy and Management, also Marketing students and Engineering and Education students are hibernating during classes. Odette's building, she's from the same university where I came from. I remember walking from our Agriculture building to this building, and MSU is a super HOT place, now, it is easier, the administration allowed motorcycles for transpo from buildings to buildings. And students are very much at ease now with the long covered walks. But during our time, ack! You are literally walking in the desert.


My girl friends stay in the dormitory so I frequent this building, I always bring food when I feel like sleeping overnight in their quarters. i love the Girl's Dormitory, although there are stories of ghosts because of aborted babies and stuffs spooky, I still enjoy bonding with friends and barkada here.


This is the infirmary. Many of our friends have experienced visiting here for unexpected sickness but not me, I am friends with the resident physician but I have never ever been admitted here.


This is a new building, we call this the BA and A building. Now, marketing and Management and Accountancy students reside here, separated from the Education and Engineering department.


Our Arts and Sciences Building. Odette and I have been frequenting this building before we graduated because this is where our Darangen room is located. Darangen is a Maranao word for "chant". And Darangen is the name of our school yearbook. For two years, I have been part of the school's yearbook staff.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the building for Agriculture students. Yes,my building. And yes, I am an Agriculture student. I earned a degree of Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management in 1999. Thank you very much. Oh well, my job now is very much in consonance with my degree, isn't it?


I miss my Alma Mater, ten years ago, I still remember walking to and fro just to finish my thesis and to just get all things done and over with.

All the walking, all the dust, all the scorching heat, all the tired sleepless nights, all those strict and ever all-knowing professors, they are all noteworthy experiences for my four years stay in this institution.

And I am what I have become because I have surpassed Mindanao State University.

Ten years ago, I was a 20- year old lass trying to conquer the world, now I am a mother trying to conquer life's struggles.

Hail Mindanao State University!


PS. I hope you enjoyed touring MSU in this post.

photo credits: msu.edu.ph

Comments

Jeni said…
Thanks for sharing the information about your school -photos and all. It brought to mind memories of when I was a student here in Pennsylvania at Penn State University -a very large university in my home state. Lots and lots of walking from one building to the next for classes and me, huffing and puffing away, legs aching to get to my classes on time But as you said about your time too as a student -a lot of hard work but still very much enjoyable and fun times too!
kg said…
wow, sheng, privileged student ka pala ha. :)

yes, it felt like I was touring the school. thanks for sharing! it's so nice to reminisce about the school days! :)
Blue Rose said…
anlaki pala ng MSU. thanks for sharing your experiences and photos. it made me felt like i was touring your alma mater. and wow, previledged student ka pala.
javaqueen14 said…
You always have such wonderful pictures! Congrats on your accomplishment in college and as a mother! Sheng, you have my best wishes to you and your family in all that you do!
caryn said…
maalala mo kaya...tananan...

heehee. ang sarap mag balik-tanaw minsan no? you're right, it didn't seem like it at first, but uni is just a stage, a hurdle that we have to surpass. looking back at what we were and how our schools have shaped us gives us a warm sense of accomplishment ;-) hugs!
Sleepless In KL said…
I haven't seen MSU Tambler in ages. It used to be so hot and dry and dusty there. I've seen it when it was still newly opened and I've even helped plant some of the trees there...which reminds me how old I am already :P

I remember watching the Ms MSU pageant in the gym. I've also stood on the stage of that very same gym,when I trumped the college students in the extemporaneous speaking contest during the intramurals in my junior year in high school. I represented the high school dept back then. Yup, a 3rd yr high school student beating those college students ;) Naturally, I 'retired' from extempo speaking the following year haha!
mightydacz said…
wow thanks for the tour at MSU ang laki pala ng campus nyo.oh agribusiness ka pala and iska(iskalar lol) ka pala galing mo sheng.1999 is my first year in college hay life bilis ng panahon 2009 na lol
Lawstude said…
a great tribute to ur school. one of the fondest phase of our lives really were our school years. lots of memories ti live by.
Garando said…
This is a nice tribute! I haven't visited my school in the longest time. The sad thing is that it had gone through so many renovations that most of the wonderful memories I had were demolished along with the old buildings. :( Last I visited (years ago), I couldn't recognize much of the place anymore but at least some of my old teachers were still around.
Kayni said…
MSU looks very nice =). my alma mater is just close by where i work, so i drop by for alumni events often. although, i miss UP since i spent my first year there. your pictures made me feel like i was walking with you. i could even feel the heat of the sun =).
Reena said…
kakamiss nga ang college. :0 i enjoy this tour. sana we get to see lots of this type of posts from you.

my brother took BS Agriculture Economics naman from UPLB. pareho siguro kayo nun na madaming alam sa pagsasaka. hahhaa...

walking farmer namin yun eh. :)
witsandnuts said…
Thanks for the tour, Sheng. It's been ages since I've visited the university. While for my highschool was during our reunion more than two years ago. A lot changed but what I always see were the old times, old faces.
jeanny said…
MSU pala is a big univeristy. Thanks for sharing those pics Sheng at schoolmate pla kayo ni Odette, so matagal na ba kayong magkakilala?

I havent visited my school in ages. Nakakamiss nga ang college. :)
REDLAN said…
Nakaka miss ang skul natin no? ako nga i iniisip ko nun pa na makabisita sa skul noong elementary ako.
katcarneo said…
So this is MSU...I'm sure you had fun looking back. It has been ten years already? Wow!I guess when you're at the age of 20-plus, you really have these big dreams of conquering/changing the world. I still haven't let go of mine.

I had the chance to meet some students from MSU in a national congress of student journalists, but that was in 2003 or 2004, I guess.

I can't wait to go back to my high school. It has been 7 years since I graduated, and your post inspired me to go back there and reminisce the good old days.
the donG said…
wow! i too miss my alma mater. as much as i want to feature and post something about it, i dont have the pass anymore to get in. i need to retrieve my alumni id. hehehe...

may mga kakilala akong nag aral sa MSU.
Thanks for the tour. It looks like a wonderful school.I haven't seen my college in 40 years. Wow, that makes me sound so old.
iceah said…
MSUan ka pla c:
Glad to have met you guys at last diko pa napost mga pics medyo busy e :p magenjoy kayo sa Lake Maughan c:
Rico said…
Thanks for the tour Sheng! I learned a little bit about MSU. The new students really have it lucky. Baka nga air conditioned na yung ibang rooms nila! ;)
ekstranghero said…
7 years since i graduated in college... ahh.. thank you, sheng, for sharing this. naalala ko tuloy ang mga challenges ng buhay kolehiyo. pasyal ako mamaya sa school. hehehe.
princess_dyanie said…
ay schoolmates kayo ni odette! ang saya! :)
prinsesamusang said…
wow sheng this is a lovely post it was as if i was wrapped in nostalgia with you, making me feel so much! welcome back to your university! it will always be your home away from home.
HalfCrazy said…
Ooh, reminiscing eh? Looks like it has been a while for you now which makes you more desperate to grasp that memory and relive it for just a short while.

Haha, it's funny kapag sa Dorms talaga, laging may stories ng ghosts and abortions.

Your school looks really nice and spacious. I prefer it over Mapua Intramuros, where I'm studying now.

This is a very touching post, well done! :)
nakakamis nga ang dating nakagisnan na sa araw araw gaya ng eskwelahan...:)


lalo na yung mga kalokohan namin ng barkada tuwing pasukan..he he he.:)
BlogusVox said…
Ang laki pala ng MSU ano? Some of my cousins graduated there and talked about how huge it is in terms of area. But I never imagine how big it is until now. Thanks for sharing, sheng.
onyxx said…
wow, you really have fond memories of your alma mater. me, i don't think i've ever gone back to my old school after i started working
the donG said…
hi sheng, sure. ill bring some krispy kreme glazed donuts for you by the time i visit gensan.
Heart of Rachel said…
Thanks for the virtual tour. It's nice to reminisce about the happy school days.
bursky said…
sana ako magkaron din ng personal tour. ;) heehee... i really loved the pics. kaka-aliw din kasi naiisip ko tuloy HS ko. your Alma Mater improved. mine, well, pinagmukha nilang Resort! kaka-inis! di ko naman nami-miss yung college campus ko kasi nag-aaral pa naman ako ulit. :D hehe...

thanks ulit sa tour, sheng!
chubskulit said…
Very nice school.. thanks for sharing..

My first time visit here...
ms firefly said…
awww sheng, thanks for posting the pics! i wanted to cry from hidlaw. ^-^

i miss our darangen days, the trips to davao, hanging out with the older batch, making new friends. i remember how you and rachel and i dreamed dreams, of going on an adventure just the 3 of us. way gid nadayon! i was with rachel the month before i left, and coincidentally, we met too the month i left, because of the coffee!!! hehe, i hope we can meet up again for a reunion when i'm home for vacation. ^-^
teeni said…
Awww, I love seeing the pictures of where you went to school. It's hard to think of going to school in such heat like you described when here we normally deal with the very cold weather when school is in session. I always enjoy your photo posts and learning more about you!

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