Such a huge honor for me to be invited by my 4th year HS adviser, Mrs Ma Chriserla Ruega Padlan, to do a talk during CSA's Alumni Day. I was assigned to the honors section of Grade 10 which coincidentally, was the class of my 3rd year HS adviser, Ms Questa (I keep forgetting her married name). Some of the things that went down during my talk:
1. I asked the class "so, this is the honors section, correct?" and the students replied "no, it's not." Then I replied "oh good, coz I can't relate to those guys!" Turns out, it actually was the honors class. Not a good start. I had to win the crowd back and told them that I couldn't relate to them studying so much. That they were a special group of kids that were in that section for 3 reasons: a. They are hard working students. b. They are naturally intelligent. c. They are a combination of both.
2. I also asked them who were into Lord of the Rings, heavy metal music, martial arts and other things. I told them that I asked those because I wanted to find what makes us more alike than how different we are. That the world is in such bad shape because people would rather focus on what makes others different (religion, skin color, financial status etc) from them rather than find common ground.
3. I told them my personal definition of success. That for me, it's not how much money you have but rather, it's how much positive impact you have in this world and to the people around you. How you can influence others to do good things and be of service to others.
4. I asked them if all of them knew how to speak Filipino. Thankfully, they all said yes. I told them that the problem we have in our country is that we lack legitimate patriots. That we should not be loyal to one man or woman or a political party. That our loyalty should be to our country.
5. I told them the single question I once in a while ask myself to make sure if I'm doing the right thing or not, and that question is "Will my high school teachers be proud of me?". Why, because our teachers will always want us to do the right thing. Always.