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F For Freshmen

Sixteen years ago, I was just a 112-pound, wide-eyed freshman university student walking along the corridors leading to the University of Santo Tomas’ St. Raymund’s Building that holds together the Faculty of Arts and letters and the College of Commerce.


To me, college life was certainly a thrill and a challenge at the same time–an entirely new environment, new friendships/relationships to be built, new professors/mentors and new ideas (some good and some bad).

Freshmen are greenhorns in the colleges and universities. To some people, they are annoying because they are noisy, their energies seem to be misplaced during class hours, they like to explore and discover new practices, they experiment on a lot of things—from going home late at night, to trying out vices they’ve never tried during their high school days.

Yet, people don’t realize that the national heroes and great men in history all passed through this so-called transitional stage between high school and college—the freshman year.

Come to think of it, the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, and past Philippine presidents like Manuel L. Quezon, Sergio Osmena, Jose P. Laurel and Diosdado Macapagal, all studied and were educated within the confines of UST.

They probably never imagined the kind of influence they will wield in the society after progressing from their freshmen year to eventually earning their respective degrees in the university.

Freshmen. They could be the next educators who would help shape the minds and hearts of the next generation-students; they could be the next CEOs or corporate president of a large multi-national company; or the next technological whiz; or the next businessmen whose biggest contribution in the world is to provide millions of job opportunities to people; or the next campus missionary who’ll raise up young people whose hearts are completely devoted to God.

Freshmen. They may seem insignificant today. But they represent the future of this nation.

Tomorrow (July 3 Friday 7 p.m.), Victory U-Belt is holding the Freshmen Night at St. Thomas Square in Espana, an event we annually hold as a way of welcoming freshmen college and university students all over the University Belt—and telling them how awesome God’s plan is for their lives.

Know some freshmen? Let’s invite them tomorrow night. History will be rewritten.

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