Saturday, May 13, 2006

Yes Master!

That's what my husband calls me these days, eversince I graduated last wednesday, May 10 with the degree of Master in Information Technology(MIT), all our conversations end with "Yes Master!".

I know it is his form of endearment and at the same time it tells me how proud he is of my achievement. Looking back I try to remember the reason on what made me pursue a masters degree, it started on 1999 I was still single then having taught for a year in PUP. The first reason I remember in taking up my masters was for professional advancement and my friends invited me to enroll so that we can be classmates.

My Stint in UP . . .

I first enrolled in UP in 1999 taking up Masters of Science in Computer Science, unfortunately I
stayed there for only a semester, it was hard for me commuting to UP in the afternoons and going home at night on a rainy season, its difficult to get a ride in a jeepney and the school calendar is identical to the one where I am teaching. Imagine having to take you midterm exam at the same time your students are taking theirs? And your not present to supervise their exam. I decided to stop my studies after the semester since I was already becoming busy with my wedding preparations.

Looking back I realized that at that time I was not really serious in pursuing my masters and that I was not mature enough to accept being a student again and dedicate myself to really studying hard. I can also say that maybe at that time all I could think of was my wedding and about being in love.

After two years, I again took up my masters studies this time in PUP with the degree in Master of Science in Information Technology(MSIT). It took me a while to finish (five years to be exact) but for me it was a choice, I did not enroll during summers and I took a break for 2 semesters, one when I was pregnant and another when my son will be having his first birthday, I concentrated on his big day and did not want to risk failing my compre exam which was also on the same week. So I postponed taking my compre, and waited the next semester to take it. One regret I have though is not having my thesis, I realized that it will take time and money and I don't have plenty of those.

Lesson Learned:
Taking up a masters degree made me who I am now
  1. I learned to be humble, I know that there are people that know more than I do and I have to respect and learn from them.
  2. As an individual we must always strive to learn new things, it does not matter if its not related to your field or work. (I enrolled in baking class this summer and it was great!)
  3. Always be ready to share your knowledge with others, what we know is a gift from God we can share to people to enrich their lives as well as your own.
  4. Be open to new ideas and discoveries. It helps to be always updated.
  5. Being in the IT industry means you have to keep up with the technology, learning is non stop if you don't want to be left behind.

I know that having this degree people expect more of me, so what are my future plans?

For starters I plan to pursue my dream on having my own online business. Enjoying my family life. I would also like to try to have some corporate part time work. I miss being in the industry. At time point in my life career advancement would be an additional bonus.

A doctorate degree?

I still have plans to take a doctoralte degree Doctor in Business Adminstration perhaps but not right now. I want my husband to take a masters degree also, and I will be there to support him 100%. After he graduates then I will pursue my next degree and I also plan to take it abroad.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Cheers to the Batch 2006 Graduates!

May 5, 2006, 7:00pm
Cheers to my batch mates! Here I am in front of my pc, drinking ice tea toasting to my Computer Engineering students who graduated in Folk Arts Theater this afternoon. (I would love to drink red wine tonight but due to the hot weather I decided to stick to iced green tea even if I still have the strawberry wine I bought from Baguio last January :) )

I usually don’t write dedications or congratulatory messages to my students who graduates, for I see students graduate almost every six months but somehow I felt the need to reach out to them one last time.

I consider this batch special for two reasons:

1. I consider them my batch mates, (whether I like it or not :) JOKE LANG) for I am also set to graduate this May 10 @ 1pm at Bulwagang Balagtas (together with Engr. Tenerife(MIT) and Engr. Abas(MSIT)) with the course of Master in Information Technology. At this circumstance we are forever bonded as the Graduating Batch 2006.
2. This summer graduation also marks the 10 yrs since I graduated in BSCOE(also held in Folk Arts, same time although we graduated April 30 then I think). Hay such SENTI……

I don’t attend graduations, the first and last one I attended as a faculty was back in 1999(my brother graduated then ECE) for I feel its like saying goodbye and I’ll never going to see them again. I usually distance myself my graduating students because as their teacher and being with them for almost 5 years it is really hard to say goodbye. It is specially hard if you are really close to them, when you consider them as you friends and they consider you as their elder sister (me pabata effect pa). I don’t want to say goodbye but congratulations! Keep it up! cyah soon! and goodluck!

I can say that with this batch I saw you all grow from the time when you were very eager to learn new things together with still the childish mannerisms you have when I first met you on your third year to the tough forth year when I saw you tears of frustrations, it is when I slowly began to see your emerging maturity in taking projects left and right and finishing them, some of your works were impressive. And lastly the young adult who takes his/her stand in what you believe in and working for what you want to achieve(like the pictorials and yearbook – kasama ba grad pics ko dun? hehehe), to the sometimes indifference attitude you project when the pressure is too much to bear.

I can’t help but to compare you to what we were, when we were at your shoes. There were times that I ask my self “Makakaya kaya naming sayawin at gawin ang mga pinaggagawa nyo sa Baguio if we were given the change then?”, “ Sila kaya ang magkakatuluyan?” Most of the college sweethearts then made it to the altar. “Ilan kaya ang magaabroad at sino-sino sila?
I see in you such promise, promise of a bright future. Don’t feel bad if you still have not found a job, it will come. Enjoy this time of idleness kasi nde na yan mauulit once you started working. That is one of my regrets then, nag trabaho ako agad nde ko na namnam ang pagrerelax hehehe. There maybe people who easily got jobs, maybe yours will be just around the corner, take this time to learn new thing and enrich your self take it from me, nagbabaking class ako ngayon :) . I will be launching my online chocolates business my October, bili kayo ha.

Always seize the opportunity to learn, our industry is in constant change kailangang lagi ka updated sa changes. We pride ourselves to be hardworking it is one of the assets being a PUPian is known for.

Lastly, wag kalilimutan ang iyong pinanggalingan, remember the time na halos mamalimos tayo ng speakers for the IT Conference? Magpakadalubhasa kayo para next year at sa mga susunod na conference kayo na kukunin nating spearkers!

I will not forget you, madami tayong pinagsamahan, hirap, saya, takot, lungkot at tagumpay. I will always be here you know how to reach me. Welcome to the IT industry my fellow professionals! As graduates many doors will be opened to us(pati ako :)), who knows where will fate bring us? Malay nyo sa states or Australia pa ulit tayo magkita? Hehehe. If you miss us, your professors, just drop by PUP dala kayo pasalubong ha. hehehe

Congratulations! Keep it up! cyah soon! and goodluck!