Back in my college days in UP, when a classmate or a friend labels you jokingly as a “school girl”, it means that you were too focused on your studies that you almost don’t have a social life anymore. I had been called as such several times primarily because even though I was active in dormitory activities, I didn’t have any organizations. During my free time I was either found in the library or the dormitory.
I felt sad when I was called as such back then because I thought being focused on my studies was actually never a negative thing. Also, I had my reasons for not joining any campus organizations. I was a working student and just balancing work and studies was already difficult.
Four years have passed since I graduated and just a few days ago an officemate said I am going to be a school girl again. However, this time it’s on a different note because it literally means I am going back to school. The situation then and now still mirrors each other because I am still going to be a working student. The only difference is I used to have classes at day time and I worked during night time. Now, I have work during daytime and I will have classes at night time.
The orientation program for graduate students will be on Saturday. Honestly, I more afraid than excited. Afraid… because this time I am taking courses through distance learning. Afraid… because I have no idea who will be my classmates and whether I will ever have the chance to meet them, Afraid…because it’s been such a long time since I have stepped in a classroom may it be a physical or virtual one.
Worries aside, I am happy to be called a school girl again. It signifies a goal which turned into a reality and now another phase in my life that I have to tackle. There will be a lot balancing that I have to make but since I was able to do it before, I am hoping I can do it again.
Starting next week, I will probably be busier than ever. I can’t promise that I will be able to update my blog weekly but I will try. And hopefully, every now and then I also get to share my new experiences as a graduate student of International Health.
Wish me luck! =)