I recently wrote my musings about my students graduating here. After a week, I had the chance to experience the same. Well, it was a symbolic rite of passage. I actually finished my Masters of Arts degree in Education during the first term of 2009 (in November, to be specific) and joining the College Recognition program last April 23 was just sort of a formality.
While waiting for my turn (together with some classmates who graduated as well) to “march” into the Cine Adarna Theater, I was hit by a wave of nostalgia and a bit of sadness, I remembered my father who passed away two years ago. It would have been nice if he were around to witness such an event.
For a brief background, I enrolled in first semester 2000 in the graduate program of Guidance and Counseling. With an undergraduate course in Political Science, I was not sure if I entered the right program. Political Science is waay too far and unconnected with Counseling. But I did know and I was certain that it was the intense and deep longing to help people understand themselves and assist them work through their concerns and problems that prompted me to get into the program.
I made the right decision. I was in the right track. The courses did not only enrich me intellectually and academically but it also helped me understand my self and others. I discovered my self a whole lot more and it is my hope (and still is) that such awareness of self will lead me to be the person that I hope to be. I also had the opportunity to be mentored and taught by professors who are experts in the field. Furthermore, it also fueled my love for learning and reading so much that now, I’m seriously considering studying again – another MA degree or maybe a PHD?
It took me 9 years to finish the program, which usually takes about 5-6 years on the average. Sure, I had a lot of detours (2 years of sickness and 2 years of getting back on my feet/getting a job after the sickness) and bumps or should I say ruts( ?) (my father’s passing, writer’s block and lack of motivation while writing my thesis, and many others) but I did manage to make it to the finish line! It was one meaningful journey filled with lessons learned and friendships established along the way.
Enough of the background which I intended to be brief but turned out to be a lengthy one. But I am glad that I did attend the College Recognition program because I learned that my graduate thesis was nominated in the Best Thesis category. Surprise! Too bad I didn’t get the award but getting my thesis nominated for the second time* was a great honor for me.
It is indeed my turn. My time. I might as well savor it.
* The other nomination is for Best in Thesis in Women’s Studies and Gender at the 4th Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Awards, UP Center for Women’s Studies.