Packing my bags I felt the blow of nostalgia creeping through my veins. My stay here in BSU had given me so much realizations and learnings that my heart overflows with gratitude to the people who had made my stay worthwhile. I have learned so much not only as a communication student but also as a Filipino. I have grown to love my country more and I have developed this sense of responsibility to its nation building.
Along with me were five other Filipinos, full of enthusiasm and passion to make a difference through this experience. They had been my family for the past weeks and this note tells all five of them how much I’m thankful to have met them.
Jester and I are from the same school. In the past academic years, we never actually socialized with each other, not until we met in various seminars and stints that I came to know him more as a person. He is full of surprises! I did not expect him to be this fun to be with. In this entire SUSI program we had each other’s backs. We have the same love for our university and our college that it made us certain that we were here for the purpose of sharing what we learned to those people back in our university.
Anthony reminds me much of Nong Mark. His towering height and insightful remarks had made him an academic hero. He is always full of curiosity, proof is his infinite questions during our SUSI lectures. You can always count on him when it comes to facts or figures about everything and by everything I mean EVERYTHING. Anthony also has this love for music and the arts that is so contagious. Despite having this serious facade you will be surprised to see/hear him singing Broadway without warning – I still find it a funny thought. What made me admire this young man so much is his vast interest in everything, his love for learning and passion for curiosity.
A mystery – when I first met Matthan in Manila I didn’t know how to describe him. He was silent, docile I couldn’t really figure out his personality not until we arrived at BSU. I came to find Matthan as a creative soul just about ready to paint the world with his ideas and notions about life. His instinct in learning had made me admire his uniqueness to convey a message that can touch millions. I know Matthan is really happy right now, LOL, he’s the luckiest guy in the planet [*wink] and I wish him the best in everything.
My roomate, my sister in Christ – Mimille is one of a kind, in a sea full of oysters she has a pearl inside. We had been through a lot in this SUSI program from perfecting the skill of fixing our beds to our deliberate but always foiled attempt to wake up early in the morning. I had grown to love her as a sister. We shared talks, whispers and perspectives about being a girl. She always has so much love to share, it is indeed a blessing to have her as a friend.
Where do I start? I met Eduard February of this year in a Leadership Congress but we never rubbed elbows or talked before. And after knowing him, I must say that he is an enigma. He can be hilarious and crazy for a moment and in the next succeeding seconds he can be deep and insightful. Eduard has this skill to make everybody laugh – I have never laughed this hard in my life before. It’s like death is better than happiness when he makes you laugh [super sakit tiyan ku sa kadlaw]. People always listen when he talks. His gift of leadership shows much promise. I can picture him as an/the Ambassador/President of our country promoting mutual diplomacy, ending disputes and bringing the Philippines to new heights. Our country is lucky to have him as one of its young dynamic leaders. I’m lucky to have met him. Malaswakkkkk. LOL.
I’m sure I’ll still meet these amazing people after the program. I’ve shared so much with them in a short period of time that I feel like we’re this one big family. My SUSI experience would never have been complete without them. It’s four in the morning – I can’t sleep and maybe I won’t sleep, will just contemplate and finish this book I’m reading. Good night!