A Letter to the Future Student Leaders
The decisions we made in life create what we are going to be in the future. We live in a fast-paced world where everybody needs essential skills in life to survive. We must be well-equipped with knowledge and ideas that will help us adapt and make a difference. One’s decision will not just render changes to himself but can influence everyone.
We are not just the carrier of the torch that can lead the students to their development, rather, we always encourage the students to be the torch and spread light throughout the world prior to their lifestyle and everyday living even outside the school. We are now creating our new way of leading the world by heart.
We always aim to hear everyone’s voice to build a strong and harmonious relationship with fellow students. Reaching the least active and treating them equal is an effective strategy of hearing everyone’s voice. Active students will really try to express what’s running in their mind, but most often, it’s the other way around. Putting ourselves in their shoes is essential to know their mindset and help them create their foundation to voice out especially in the labyrinth of this institution.
Next, the engagement of a unified plan will be prioritized. Leadership is something that will unify everybody and properly weighing what will benefit the students despite their diversified points of view. Since their voices are being heard, their ideas will be unfolded
The most crucial part is to take all plans into action because this action will trigger the changes that can contagiously affect the development of students. Putting ideas into reality is not an easy job since it is like a jungle rather than a plain field, because oppositions and hardships will hinder the way, hence, this will stimulate the starting point of triumph.
Afterward, reflecting what was learned, was it done well or does it need improvement, what needs to be improved and what needs to be avoided. Activities may bring joy and excitement but remember, before you start looking for the silver lining of the clouds, try to reflect on what you have become and what you want to be. Nevertheless, the achievement of goals lies not on us but from our followers.
The final phase is the most complex and challenging, yet the most significant part of being a leader because our success depends on the students, on how we transformed them into well-equipped persons ready to face the real world. Transformation does not happen in a short period of time or century-old evolution but by step-by-step involvement that will test each perseverance and growth.
As a leader, the execution of various programs and activities which are aimed to foster practical knowledge and skills are not usually taught inside the four corners of the classroom, we have expounded the meaning of leadership offering other students the opportunity to evolve. Let us be the real hope of the future. Everyone can be a leader, but it takes HEART to be a good one. Hear! Engage! Act! Reflect! Transform!
Honesty: Requirement for the Betterment of the Philippines and the Filipino People
Honesty is the best policy; it is better, to tell the truth even in bad situations than to lie. Honesty is one of the best tools in achieving moral excellence in life. But are public officials exempted from this?
Recently, Davao City Mayor and Hugpong Pagbabago slate campaign manager Sara Duterte said that all candidates in this year’s election are lying, so honesty should not be an issue. Among the senatorial candidates of the said slate is Imee Marcos who has been criticized by the Otso Direcho opposition slate for lying about her graduating with honors in the University of the Philippines College of law and obtaining a degree from Princeton University, which led to a debate on honesty whether it should be a requirement for the senatorial candidates. Duterte cited in another interview that the only qualifications for senatorial position required by the law are the ability to read and write and a natural-born citizen of the Philippines. This view of Mayor Duterte only implies that our country is hopeless, that we Filipinos will never be able to achieve change. public officials, which include senators, must be honest and must have good moral character
Enshrined in the foundation of all laws in the Philippines, the 1987 constitution: Section 27 of Article II states that the State shall maintain honesty and integrity in the public service and take positive and effective measures against graft and corruption. Section 1 of Article XI states that public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.
Integrity denotes doing what is right and what is wrong, dishonesty to the people is one way or the other wrong. Lying to the people is a deliberate strategy to deceive people; to get the sympathy of the citizens. Why would someone have to claim academic degree when he/she did not? Our country has suffered long enough, it is high time to elect honest officials.
Marwell Larcen T. Soriano
College Education: A Synonym for Success?
Society has engraved in the minds of the youth that if you want to be successful you must go to college. Statistics back up this societal belief with numbers and data proving that a person with a bachelor’s degree earns more than a person with a high school diploma. Many youths are hearing this data hence the reinforcement of this belief from generation to generation. Especially in a Filipino culture where education has been a cultural basis to dictate whether a child will prosper or not, a college education is being emphasized more as a compulsion than a choice. Alongside the modernization of the world and the fast-paced approach to the attainment of success, has the traditional-slash-societal necessity for college education still relevant to the youth?
The Philippine government embraced the K-12 curriculum program during the administration of the former President Benigno Aquino III aiming to improve the overall quality of education in the Philippines. Because of the additional two years of education that the K-12 program has instilled plus the four to five years of college education in getting a bachelor’s degree, let alone the additional years in attaining a master’s and a doctor’s degree, many has grown aware of the colossal waste of money which is roughly Php 30000 to Php 70000 annually in high school and abruptly Php 50000 to Php 100000 annually in college, worrying waste of the youngsters’ time and energy, and the unwanted imposition of stress and anxiety produced by the coercive educational system. Thus, the hunt for alternatives to compromise with these opportunity costs one has to let go in order to attain higher education arises.
One feature of the K-12 program is the re-introduction of vocational and technical education offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to the students making them competitive and hirable after graduation which usually takes six months to complete the course. One of the saddening conditions Filipino workers face is the mismatching of jobs. An employee may have finished a four-year management course but ended up being underpaid as a cashier in a retail store. As a practice, students tend to shy away from vocational courses and prefer office works which are very crowded by the time they apply for these white-collar jobs but since they have no choice, they land on these types of jobs even if they are being underpaid. TESDA courses, on the other hand, offers technical and vocational education designed to arm students with practical skills to gain matching jobs in a short period of time. Time is also a key feature of vocational courses in contrast to college education. At six months, a student will be competitive and hirable and will have working experiences in four years. A college student, on the other hand, will attain a bachelor’s degree but no working experience in four years. Putting it in a layman’s example, if you are about to undergo an operation, would you choose a surgeon who actually performed several successful operations or a surgeon with three degrees but hasn’t performed any operation?
Students are unique in their own way and that doesn’t mean their decisions to pursue higher education makes them more or less of their individuality. Forcing someone to go to college against his will kills his creativity, happiness, and, in extreme cases, the person himself. College is undeniably stressful and difficult to go through not just because of the demanding works a student needs to meet in order to pass but also because of the environment he is dealing with every day. According to a report, one in five college students is so stressed out that he would consider suicide. That’s an alarming figure and a saddening representation of what college students are going through. Since every student is different, one can handle stress and pressures well, but in some cases, maybe one in five students can’t and that can lead to a sad ending.
Happiness and success don’t seem to complement each other in college. If you are going to ask a student to choose between passion and career, they would most likely say they will choose career followed by a “but” of sacrificing a passion in order to succeed in life. College can kill passion. We don’t know if there is a “Steve Jobs” inside a nursing student, an “Ellen DeGeneres” inside an accounting student, or an “Alicia Keys” inside a law student. These world-renowned individuals are proofs that you don’t need a degree to be happy and successful at the same time. Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres, and Alicia Keys all pursued their passion and became happy and successful despite being college drop-outs. One might say, they are an exemption to the rule that if you want to be successful, go to college. But what if that nursing student, an accounting student, and a law student are also exemptions to the rule?
When choosing whether to pursue college or not, it all comes to three things – perceptions, ability, and goals. Every person has unique personalities, distinct dispositions, and different mind-sets. One might perceive college education as a great investment to be successful in the future; others might see it as an unnecessary and impractical step to attain success. Each of us even has different definitions of success. One might say success is being wealthy; others might define it as being happy. One can have the physical, financial, mental, and emotional capacities to enter college; others may be sick, poor, and suicidal. One may prioritize education because it is crucial to reach his goals; others may have different goals where secular education is irrelevant. So if asked, “Is college education a synonym for success?” it is more appropriate to ask if “Is college education your definition of success?”
Janna T. Rosario
The Benefits of Exercise
Are you feeling inspired to take up sport or get back into it? Whatever your age or ability, if you’re keen to get exercising, personal trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read is on hand with advice on choosing the right sport for you. If you’re feeling motivated to get up and have a go, now is the perfect time to get involved with sport. Even if you’re not the sporty type, making simple changes to your lifestyle this spring, could make a big difference. Getting fitter will not only help you feel better in yourself, but it could also significantly improve your health. “Fitness isn’t just about going to the gym,” commented personal trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read. “In fact, it’s about doing any form of activity that requires movement. “Movement gets your body working harder and the major muscle which will benefit from this is your heart. That’s why your heart and health will both love sport.”
The benefits of exercise
There are numerous benefits to be gained from exercise, including improvements to health, energy and wellbeing, and the chance to learn new skills and gain social benefits.
From a health point of view, physical activity helps “increase your heart health, lower your blood pressure, improve your lung capacity, lower your cholesterol and help reduce the risk of various diseases,”.
According to recent research published in the medical journal The Lancet, physical inactivity causes nine per cent of premature deaths – or more than 5.3 million deaths worldwide each year. If levels of inactivity are reduced by 10 per cent, 533,000 deaths could be avoided; if they’re reduced by 25 per cent, then 1.3 million lives could be saved.
Sport can be a very social experience, giving you the chance to meet new people and learn valuable new skills, plus it can boost your wellbeing and self-esteem, and make you feel good about yourself.
Which sport would suit you?
With so many different sports out there, it can be hard to know which to try. All sports have their own benefits, require particular skills and can be hugely enjoyable, but the key is to find the right one for you.
Here are some tips from Lucy on how to choose a sport to suit your needs and personality.
If you have a very competitive personality and like to be part of a team, try sports such as: ]Football ]Netball ]Volleyball ]Rugby ]Table tennis ]Basketball
All these sports are ideal, as they require you to use every fitness component. You’ll need good team playing skills and get to boost your endurance, speed, stamina, balance and muscular strength.
If you’re a highly competitive person, but prefer to operate on your own, even though you still enjoy a good, high energy workout, then try: ]Swimming ]Judo ]Athletics ]Track cycling ]Road cycling
All these sports also involve the major components of fitness and you’ll get to work on your speed, stamina, motor skills and endurance. If you prefer to work out at a slower pace and focus more on skill and coordination, then the following sports could be more suited to you:
-Archery -Equestrian -Swimming -Boccia
All of these sports will help you develop balance, flexibility, core strength, coordination and new skills. Or, if normal sports don’t take your fancy, consider a more unconventional sport such as yoga, salsa or tai chi.
How to get involved with the sport
Sport is a great equalizer – anyone of any age, background and ability can get involved. Whether you’re a beginner, returner or experienced sportsperson, getting into a regular routine, such as doing sports on certain days a week, can help you stay motivated and keep going.
Whilst some sports, like swimming, can successfully be done on your own, many people find it more motivating and encouraging to join a team, club or class. For beginners, this is particularly useful, as you benefit from expert tuition and guidance, which provides a good basis for learning, plus you don’t feel so isolated in what you’re doing and gain the social aspects and support of exercising with others.
In addition, it gives you the chance to try out a sport and ensure you really like it before committing to buy the necessary equipment or kit. “For everyone, from the elderly, disabled, young, middle-aged or simply complete beginners to sport and exercise, one thing that is guaranteed is that you’ll reap the benefits from being active and become winners of your own health,” concludes Lucy. Lifted from axappphealthcare.co.uk