It’s true when they say that there’s more than meets the eye. Contrary to what many have been predisposed to believe, there is much more going on behind the stories of certain students around campus. What may appear as a normal Lasallian may be living a secret life unknown to anyone else.
There have been several accounts taken from a number of reliable sources to illustrate the strange things that have been happening around the campus. It is then advisable to be on your guard; these things could have been happening to you, too.
The Velasco Games
Katrice Palagingberde is a student at De La Salle University and a member of the archery team. She is currently taking up engineering, although she did not wish to take such a course. “My parents said there had to be one engineer in my family,” she says. “It was either me or my younger sister. My sister was chosen, but I volunteered as tribute to spare her.”
Before long, Katrice realized that she had entered a dangerous world. “It was survival of the fittest,” she goes on. “Each year, many, many of us engineers die- er, get cut off.”
To make matters worse, her love life is a terrible mess. “My childhood friend, who wanted to study baking, took up engineering with me. I just found out now that he did that because he was in love with me,” she groans. This is a huge problem as she is romantically interested in her lab partner, Dale. “Everything is just piling up,” she rants. “Sometimes I feel as if my life is just one huge game, where to win, I have to graduate on time.”
Diverging From Blue
For as long as she can remember, Tris Dati has always come from a blue family. Meaning to say, her mother, her father, her grandparents, and her great-grandparents have all graduated from a blue university along Katipunan Avenue whose name will not be mentioned. However, after the results of the entrance tests were released, Tris found out that she passed three of the tests. She could choose between the erudite blue, the selfless maroon, or the dauntless green. She was warned not to tell any or her relatives this, as they might get the notion that she wishes to deviate from her family tradition, which she eventually did.
Initiation to the green university is a lot harder than she had previously thought. This initiation comes in three stages. The first stage includes learning how to engage in hand-to-hand combat for space in the Andrew elevator. The second stage requires taking tests equivalent to the embodiment of fear (such as Accounting exams). And the last and final stage is the dreaded culmination of everything she was supposed to have learned throughout her previous years. This stage is known by many names, including ‘Goodbye Sleep, Hello Coffee,’ or ‘Help Me, I Want to Die’. The most formal name for the final stage, however, is “Thesis”.
The Textbook Thief
Polly Tecson came from a family of mixed political views and has always dreamed of becoming
a politician. Unfortunately, her parents don’t agree with her, and insisted that she take on and pursue a career in business. However, she won’t let that stop her. Word has it that she’s the one responsible for the missing books of Andrew Heywood, which have been reportedly missing from the Learning Commons. Little by little, she’s borrowing these books and keeping them. Witnesses have stated that they’ve seen her walking around campus with the heavy books in hand. “I saw her carrying a green book and a red book the other day,” one anonymous student shares. “Looks like it came from the same publisher even.”
Why she just won’t photocopy them instead remains a mystery. People have now started to say that she stole it – for she has no intention of giving them back. “She needs to give them back soon,” another student says. “My finals are coming up and I need to study for it. Oh, and if I were her, I’d return them so I won’t pay any fines.”
The Agno Runner
Thomas Latecomer is an intelligent student, a consistent Dean’s Lister. He enrolled in 21 units for his third term, getting all the subjects listed in his flowchart and the professors he wanted. What he has failed to do, however, is look at the time slots of each subject. Upon receiving his EAF, he realized that he has only a two hour break every day, and that his classes all begin at 7:30 in the morning, and last all the way until 9:15 in the evening.
Because of his tight schedule, he has to run from one classroom to the other. “I have classes up at Andrew 10th floor,” he begins explaining. “Then my next class in 15 minutes is at the third floor of St. La Salle hall.”
He shares that his biggest struggle is passing by Agno around rush hour. “Everyone just walks so slow,” he shakes his head. “They need to realize that there are people who have to go immediately from Andrew to St. La Salle on a daily basis.”
If you find yourself in these situations, do not panic. It is perfectly normal to undergo trials and challenges similar to the cases mentioned. Whether it’s surviving the deadly Velasco games, or running from one class to another without running out of time, these students are often gifted enough to overcomes these obstacles. For now, though, it might be best to prepare yourself: your life as a Lasallian just might turn into the next big story.