Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hard work really counts

My stay in the The NORSUnian for almost two years now was reasonably fulfilling. From being a newbie for a year to senior writer, challenges had been my very inspiration to do better things though acquainted with the ups and downs both shouldered in my left and right hands. The posture of being a writer and a student at the same time was never been easy and is considered beyond the responsibility of being a casual student.

Remembering those moments somehow dragged and took me to the point of bringing back to mind again when I was still a newbie together with the rest of my batch mates. We were back then naïve and afraid to some top editors in the publication knowing that they possessed respect among themselves that even going inside the TN office was a fear to amongst us. However, it did not last long when we were getting acquainted with them.

Moreover, as the latter went on, sort of comfort and care were developed that they were making us twigs in the publication. Love and understanding overruled the pub that every time we aren’t around, they were looking for us. They seemed to miss us even a single second.

In order to pay them back, we sorted of passing articles as prompt as we can. We passed articles weekly despite the hectic schedules being a student in our own. We make it sure we have articles to present during the meeting. We work hard with dedication and patience. Some received appreciations for being good writers while some remained the same way.

I was also back then like others who passed articles only for commendations. But it changed when I was promoted senior writer. I knew very well that to be a writer higher than others entails bigger responsibility. So, I need to work harder, I need to pass articles to the best of my ability so as to pay back their trust given to me. And fortunately, I have proved them my worth. I have been very diligent in passing news articles, features articles and even columns. They have even awarded me thrice for being best writer. Somehow, this has motivated me to be better, bolder and brave enough to handle jargons from others.

My stay being a senior writer hadn't last long. Today, majority of the staffs have spoken so as new beginning has to be started. From being a senior writer, I am now a News Editor of the official student weekly publication of Negros Oriental State University- The NORSUnian. My felicitations to you guys for the trusts and confidence you have given to me.

I know you are thinking serious this time. So I will tell you, stay calm and just be fascinated with things around the bushes. I know many things have to be corrected and be placed back to its original position. We will do these one by one at right pace of time. And with our collaborative might, together we can make change.

Furthermore, since I will be working and manning new staffs, new publication and new responsibility next school year, it is expected that you will do your best as much as I can. I believed this can only happen through your cooperation.

Since you have voted me as your News Editor, I am expecting big from all of you guys as much as you do. We knew much has to be changed for greater and bolder student leadership and advocacy, so we can. Kudos TN and congratulations!

Be also inspired like me with these statements of R. Shannon and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we venture together the new school year that is full of challenges and trials fused with new responsibilities.

The ability to keep a cool head in an emergency, maintain poise in the midst of excitement, and to refuse to be stampeded are true marks of leadership. - R. Shannon

The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Shortage leads you destruction

Shortage of finances oftentimes makes us bad. It sometimes triggers us to get belongings which are not ours and frighteningly imprisoned us emotionally. It is very painful to hear that some people are still doing these stuffs. Due to this, some are most likely engaging themselves into killings, drug addiction, thievery and etc. We cannot blame them, it is their way of making themselves better in order to survive. We call this survival of the mighty. Generally, many people craved because, according to them, of poverty. It is their opinion, we respect that.

But, what if that shortage is the result of your sluggishness, extravagance and dependence? Would it be a right reason to say that poverty really matters? From the morbid reality, one can still live despite poverty, only if, you have the courage to live and bold enough to make change. When you are determined and industrious, patient and understanding, you can be the best among others.

This reality somehow awaken my thought/opinion because of the incident in our boarding house which took place yesterday evening. To give you full details, let me start this by describing this person.

He was hailed from Bayawan City, a native. He is studying in one of the respected state universities in Negros Oriental, the Negros Oriental State University, also known as NORSU, its popular name. He is a third year Bachelor of Science in Geology student. He always plays DotA and other related gaming recreation today.

I knew him because he was my roommate for almost a year now. He is a christian, a pious leader, a kind  and a motivated person. Because of this he gained respect and trust from all his subordinates, even myself. However, he broke these trusts when he did something unexpected. He betrayed us by getting our money.

Yesterday, around 8:15 in the evening, I, together with the rest my house colleagues, two of which are my roommate went  to Arman's eatery to have our dinner. This person I am talking to you was left alone in the room, lying on his bed and watching  a movie in his laptop. Knowing that we left our pouch and wallets containing big amounts of money, he hurriedly locked the door. We don't mind about it knowing that all is fine. So, we headed directly to our purpose-to have our dinner.

After few minutes, he followed us and also partook his dinner. Afterwards, he went somewhere else we don't exactly know. By the time we were done with our dinner, we went back home. To our surprise, a 1000 peso-bill of my friend Jermel, our roommate, was already gone. And boooops, the money was lost..

We got panicked and disrupted. Jermel almost cried since the amount is for his sister's tuition fee. 'He' was our suspect. Jermel decided to go the police station to blotter the incident and reported the incident.
He called the 'He' and confronted him. But the 'He' denied. "Wala ko gakuha sa imong kwarta, nganu gung akong kuhaun?," he said.

A tactic came to Jermel's mind- a peace talk negotiation. So, he talked with guy in a nice way, asking to return the amount since it is for her sister tuition fee, especially that final examination of his sister is coming. With the peace talk, the guy, returned the money and said: "Dili naku intention nga kuhaun tong kwarta, nahutdan lang ko ug kwarta, wala pa ko padal-e sa akong papa, sorry kaayo," he apologized.

And the problem was solved. They reconciled and pardoned each other.

The guy has not even felt shame of his acts but rather felt easy and lucky as if nothing happened. My respect and trust have also been deteriorated. Now, I am hoping he would not do it again, change and refrain his bad actions that contribute disasters to him.

My point of views: The damage has been done, the reputation has been broken and the trust has been altered. A lesson learned, do not leave your money anymore unattended everywhere and anywhere else so as to protect your belongings.