Academics

Reminders

Recently, we have been organizing documents and house materials. I decided to organize the documents stored in the yellow box that is located at the corner of our kitchen. There were important papers and sentimental documents in the box, but there were few things that immediately caught my attention. I got the chance to see my past plates and artworks again.

Touching and examining each plate was like walking down the path where I started my adventures in college with innocence and diligence. Each plate has its own memory and it has a very powerful impact to me. One plate reminded me of the time when I rummaged through my classmate’s phone to find some faces of people for the facial emotion activity that we had in Body Parts Drawing. Another artwork reminded me of my ventures in joining the annual Petron Art Competition! It was a memory that I will always cherish for it taught me so many things such as hard work, perseverance, and wisdom. Another piece reminded me of the hype that I had towards drawing Disney characters! I actually Disney-fied some of my high school classmates, and I chuckled when I saw the drawing! Another piece reminded me of how I met my first college best friends and their essentiality in making FA a fun course! Also, some of the plates greatly reminded me of the helpful professors that I had in FA, and I will forever cherish their essentiality in making my talent grow in a challenging way. They showed me that learning can be a friendly process with the involvement of the teacher who shares lessons, and the student who works and makes heaps of plates and artworks! I was only asking for an improvement, but they have given me more than that in a very casual way. However, I will never forget the plates that reminded me of the deadlines that I had! Some of my plates were rushed, but as soon as I reached the campus with hours to spare, I added details to make an improvement.

Well, the set of artworks as a whole reminded me of my diligence and perseverance towards every task when I was an FA student in AUP; this reminder would be very helpful now that I am about to become a sophomore student in UP. It tells me that diligence and perseverance will always get me to where my goals are, even though college is a distinct series of drastic success and failure. Thankfully, this small task that I have accomplished earlier reminded me of my true purpose as a college student.

The Bright Side

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Seeing the beauty in CEAT made me think that having a 7-AM PE class isn’t a bad thing after all! Wednesday is a day I look forward to because of the cold early-morning walk it gives me.  My walk to the far building of CEAT is fun because I get to witness the beauty of the scenes and things I see while I am on my way. PLUS! I have a small time to listen to music.

Little Woes in the Break

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Come to think of it, my first stay in the campus was not easy. Experiencing an easy type of stress (because according to the upperclassmen, more is yet to come) was frightening, and I thought I was not going to come out alive. But lo and behold, I am still breathing and living!

However, I won’t conclude anything yet because I still have seven semesters (hopefully) to go in the university. May the semesters go well (meaning, to pass everything) and the odds be ever in my favor (hi Effie).

Orasa by THEA 107- H

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Note: This is based on what I understood when I watched the play.

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Apparently, Orasa is an hourglass. An hourglass is shaped like a number eight and it is covered on both sides so the sand inside won’t spill. Its primary purpose is to tell time; not the exact time but the time that passed away. By turning an hourglass upside down, the sands will fall from the upper cylindrical space into the bottom part. Once the sands are gone from the upper part, it means that an hour passed since the time you turned it. By applying it, the two-part scenarios in the play represent the two-part spaces of an hourglass. Since time is passing in an hourglass, the two-part scenarios come from two different time frames which are from the past and in the present time. The application was wise and I am fully impressed. Although, it took time to make me realize that the play in a nut shell is an hourglass, literally. This creativity should be applauded and appreciated. But what do the two time frames represent? Simply, they represent how a person falls in love with a person.

In the first part of the play, their cultural and generational decency is a trademark of what happened in the past if a person falls in love with another one. It’s the typical boy-meets-girl scene, but he can’t confess his love for the girl because of sheer shyness, nervousness, and doubting. Fortunately, the boy confessed his love (more…)

A reaction paper to the adapted play in our school: Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Selflessness is a great matter in today’s world because this filthy world is filled with people who desire for the wrong ideologies. These wrong ideologies lead them into the ruins of great despair. Unfortunately, that does not sound good for we are all going for our own betterment. Fortunately, we have selflessness. Selflessness is a broad word that sums up the key to the padlock of troubling selfishness. Once you sacrifice your part for betterment, good things that you have taken care of will come back to you wholeheartedly.

In the play, I was introduced to a noble lady named Grusha. She is a noble lady who has chosen to face the troubles and burdens just to save an innocent one from losing his precious life. Personally, I like her (more…)

‘Tis I, the one who made the boat scene

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Voila! This is the boat scene that I made on GIMP for today’s lesson in IT. Obviously, I need to practice more! But hey, it’s always like this! You learn the basics, progress into it bit by bit, and you turn into a successful person like Bill Gates. Yes, that is what I learned today in IT and it is enlightening. Someday, I will paint the whole world by using GIMP and no one can stop me because I want to be a successful person like Bill Gates!

Okay, I just need sleep, but learning new things is just fun! Anyway, IT helped me in so many things; especially the things that I cannot understand in the world of computers. I know that I can apply the IT lessons in real life. I will always bring these lessons in life, and yes, just like a loyal boat carrying its cargo into the seas where the beautiful sunset resides.

Strut for IT

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Sorry for the late update, but here I go! Last week’s activity was very easy and I liked it! Making a presentation on Strut was quite overwhelming, but after few minutes of adjusting, I went with the flow. Strut is like Powerpoint Presentation, but with less features. Although it has less features, Strut has other unique features that’ll help your presentation gain more credibility!

Our exercise for that day was to make a presentation about a book, movie or show that we would like to recommend. I picked The Hunger Games because I am a big fan of the movie series (and also, the books!).

To conclude everything that I learned for that day, I learned that Prezi and PPT are not the only options to consider when you want to present a topic. There are more presentation tools that a student can use to make his/er topic credible.

Crying over Codes

So, hello! I have been occupied in the past week for several reasons. First, I was sick and I needed to watch myself for the possible things that I might not like. Second, I was piled with academics and I do not know where to start. But I will just tell you the topic that left a mark on my mind last week. Let us begin!

So last week, we encountered Python Language in IT, and doing it with instructions was relatively easy. I discovered it as my Waterloo when our professor instructed us to create a code that can solve the average score of multiple exam grades. I am really worried about it because I have no idea how to construct it. I know it’s easy for people who have mastered it, but beginners like me will always have baby cries. Although, I do not want to give up. I want to conquer this fear and I want to finish the activity with a mighty fist!

Flowcharts

And now, we learned the concept of flowcharts! To understand the lesson better, our new IT professor made us play the games in Code Studio. I can say that the activity helped me understand the proper arrangement of steps in a flowchart. It’s an eye-opener for beginners like me. ghfjhhfcvxxxxgAlso, I had the chance to create my own Flappy Bird game. I wanted to use a Turkey in Santa’s village. So when the turkey dies, it will go straight to Santa’s tummy!

Computer Hardware

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(c) Sir Kevin Vega

The lecture last Friday in IT was like a recap of what I’ve learned in high school with pieces of information added in it (and it was very helpful!). It was relatively easy because we tackled the parts of a hardware. Although, it shocked me when Sir told us that the CPU is not the CPU itself, it’s just the case. The real CPU is inside the case; it’s a chip that manages everything inside. I also learned that if a CPU is broken, the stored files (a.k.a. memories 😉 ) won’t get deleted, it will be stored in the Hard Disk Drive; everything can be retrieved by pulling out the HDD and connecting it to another computer. The simplest things that I learned last Friday were the most memorable points of the lecture. It was a great discussion!

The Good Professor

It all started in a very cold room; the computer lab. A room where I met most of my block-mates. I did not expect that the lab will freeze me to bits. As I waited for our professor to arrive…… nope, he was already in the classroom!  His youthful face blended with the faces of his young students. It was a revelation to remember! He got up, introduced himself nicely, made us feel welcome inside the lab, and explained the coldness of the room. He gave us a very nice impression of himself. Sadly, we said our sincerest goodbyes to him last Friday. He told us that our class will have a new instructor, and she will start this Friday.

It was sad to say goodbye to Sir Vega, a professor who has been kind and patient to us. His way of teaching gave fun and happiness in our hearts and faces. I liked the activities that we did before the lecture, it surely woke me up before battling the numbers in our lesson! I bet most of my classmates felt the same way. The most touching thing was when Sir Vega shared to us his true side; he completely crossed the borders between him, as a professor, and his students. We will always remember him and his perfect hugot lines. Thus, I consider him a good teacher in IT! Thank you so much for everything, Sir Vega!

Prang’s Availability

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Last week, I went to Paseo de Santa Rosa to meet my lovely friends Marco and Erika. Every time I arrive in a place (that has National Book Store) with few minutes to spare, I would always stay at NBS with hopes of buying something practical and affordable. Thus, I opted to stay at NBS first. I got amazed by the products that they have now; which I never saw during 2014, when I was a tambay in that place. But one art product got my attention, and that was Prang! It was nice to meet Prang at NBS Paseo de Santa Rosa! Back in 2014, Prang was only available in SM Santa Rosa (which was a chore; because I have to wait for the weekend, when I was free, so I can buy one). Ashamed of it all, I have never bought one in spite of knowing that it is a good product! Maybe because I was too cautious on pricey things back then. Yes, Prang is a bit expensive, but it’s worth the risk!

Our Still-life Painting professor recommended this to us because she told us that it has a good quality. Thus, I discovered the wonder of Prang! Well of course, I would recommend youngsters to use it! I saw my FA classmates use it, and the worthiness of the product showed on the medium that they were using. It’s gorgeously flawless! I am not trying to be pretentious, and I don’t want to sound exaggerated. You should give Prang a try!

An Update

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I have happily finished the take-home activity in IT (hooray, cheers, woohoo) and I feel relieved right now. I thought I was not going to finish it because I got stuck in the second equation. Thankfully, my drowsiness noticed something sketchy on the handout which helped me solve it. Thus, I shall watch another episode of The Big Bang Theory!

The New Craze in IT

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My apologies for the blurry and murky photo. And say hello to Gale’s head and pen!

The topic yesterday left me flabbergasted, we tackled the Boolean Algebra. Algebra itself is a confusing subject, but boy, the fun is there when you get the correct answer to the difficult equation given by the teacher. But what more if we put Information Technology in Algebra? Pure madness and a pinch of fun! I hope that I’ll get the correct answers when I finish my activity in IT. I’m not done yet, and I hope I can finish it swiftly later. I had a difficult time on thinking which law and theorem to use. But sometimes, I can see a pattern; although I think that pattern (which I am thinking) is imaginary. Let this imaginary pattern be my guide in this confusing world I’m in right now. I’ll make another post about the activity when I finish it.