Undergraduate Memories

Photo: Palma Hall, arguably the most famous building in UP Diliman as it is where all students take many of their common freshmen courses for GE

Looking Back: UP Diliman

(In view of my undergraduate years, it is only fitting that this article is formatted like a paper)

One of my most favorite places on earth is UP Diliman. The ambience is simply unique, as unique as its intellectual culture that emphasizes critique and the harmonious co-existence of contrasting ideas.

As undergrad students, generations of teenagers have spent their significant life years being shaped by the culture of the campus as they:

1. struggle to pass numerous exams, often times given in the strenuous essay form that requires nights and nights of preparation and second-guessing of exam question topics

2. find their niche in the very vast array of student organizations, numbering 250 plus according to the UP Student Affairs, including orgs for sports, academics, volunteerism like Red Cross Youth, and interests like manga, Japanese culture and astronomy
( note: the idea of meeting new people may seem kind of exciting, and even romantic at first — but hey, chances are, one’s orgmates would be students who are as grade-concious as one is, so any romantic notion is almost surely bound to fail).

3. choose from a vast array of food and dining options: from fishballs casually eaten while hanging out by the Sunken Garden, to the very busy CASAA filled with noisy and haggard students hurrying up to eat before going to their next classes, and the romantic but quite-expensive-for-undergrads dining experience offered by Chocolate Kiss. Korean, Indian and other foreign fare also make the campus an unforgettable dining destination.

Why am I writing this piece? Because I would like to preserve my memories of undergraduate intellectual sojourns at the University. I was a member of two campus organizations: UP SMMART and UP Bread. I am proud of these two because they helped bring out the best in me.

Writing has made me want to come back, to visit the nooks of the campus where I have spent my teenage years trying to figure out major teenage issues like career paths and life philosophies.
Yes, I will come back. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write a post about a re-visit to the campus.


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