Keep Aiming

Just this morning, I was faced yet again by another setback while preparing for our Organization’s Operational Plan – the Organization’s Plan of Activities for the whole school year.  Our Committee Directors, mostly Senior Chemistry Students, are busy with their Summer Practicum, and the other officers are busy with their Summer Class (like me, for instance).

And what’s worse in this situation, is that we have barely 6 days to finish the Operational Plan, before we defend our proposed activities to the Student Affairs Office.


It’s been very stressful for me, and being the President, I did not want to take on all the responsibilities for them, in order to finish this task. And right now, I feel utterly depressed with how things are going. I even succumbed to writing my own resignation letter, even before I start my work with the Society, and settle as the Organization’s Society Representative to our National Organization – the Philippine Association of Chemistry Students.

And as I finished posting my rather long (and depressing) announcement to get this Operational Plan done (and so I can start drafting my Resignation Letter), a friend of mine shared this photo on Facebook:


A thought came into me, and I began praying. Maybe this is just part of the struggles I have to face for now. Maybe I still have a lot to prove, and I have to prove my unbelievers wrong. I closed my browser, and began drafting portions of the OP.

I just got to keep aiming, and aim higher than before.


We All Fall

Summertime brings so much excitement for most people that I know. While some of my friends right now are having their On-the-job training, hanging out on the beach, while others are too busy with their College entrance exam reviews, I on the other hand, find myself going back to CMSHS and rekindling my experiences as a CAT Officer – only this time, I’m not the one in a white polo shirt and jeans, getting sunburn and marching around the CMSHS grounds.

This time, I’d go back as their Tactical Officer, and for the third consecutive year since we graduated from the CMSHS Corps of Cadets, I now begin my ‘alumnus visits’ to young hopefuls and soon-to-be Officers for the Class of 2014. Though I never get to start the trainings at 6:00 AM, I would catch up with the remainder of the training after my Summer Physics Class, which I am currently taking up.

I have to admit, but I definitely missed my days back at the Corps. Training with rifles and the sword, as well as the marching drills we had were definitely worth remembering. And it is funny that after almost four years of being outside the realm of CAT, I can still remember most of the commands, and the moves we once had to train for months, before we became full-fledged officers come June of the next school year.

But what made more sense in my months of training back at the Corps, was the sense of team work and unity, that up to this day, would remain as a lesson that I have learned the hard way. We would say “Sir, Unity Sir. The fault of one is the fault of all, sir.” And as much as I could, I try to let the trainees learn that without having to endure so much. And I was just thinking about this early this morning, I didn’t expect that they’d actually have to learn by experiencing it the other day.

 It was a tough one, but they eventually had to learn that in a group – Team work is essential to get things done. And whenever there is a collaborative effort, no one gets left behind.

After the training, I decided that we have this ‘Assesment’ about what happened. It was great to find out that despite getting my fellow Officer’s punishment because of a fault that their group committed, they actually learned their lesson. That no matter what happens, in a team.. Once a member drops, everybody falls.