Happy and Blue: Summer in Ateneo

The irony in being happy and blue; the latter’s intended meaning on being a student of the Ateneo. See what I did there! *dances like a dork*

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Church of the Gesù in Ateneo

The first part of my summer was spent inside cold classrooms, in which I tried my best to absorb everything while furiously taking down notes. I want to get rid of this annoying habit since the professors give the slides anyway, but it’s easier for me to recall the lecture when I see it in my handwriting. Weird, eh. It’s a love/hate relationship with Peyton Sawyer of One Tree Hill’s “I remember the day” concept.

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Right across Leong Hall are these art installations (which I have never attempted to sit on)

Being enrolled in a hybrid program sure has its advantages, but once in a while, I miss the classroom setup. It’s a good thing our department decided to have the summer subjects on campus because personal interaction with classmates was made possible. Some of my classmates came from other parts of the country and Southeast Asia, making this summer term also a mini-reunion from last July’s on-campus sessions.

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Our home base

What’s cool about being a graduate student is that the professors don’t mind if you use devices, because at this level, the student is responsible for his/her studies.

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Heh, sorry classmate for exposing your screen, but I was playing with the reflection here

This summer turned into an opportunity for me to discover new places to love. We made it a point to eat in different places in the university, but most lunches were spent in Gonzaga caf because it’s nearer. I have an unforgettable memory in this cafeteria that I don’t know whether I should love or hate. Haha.

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This is my Korea, only because leaves dramatically fall whenever I pass by this area

Meanwhile, the Bellarmine Field reminds me of UST, my first love. Which makes Ateneo my one big love. Haha.

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Yet to have crazy ala-Paskuhan memories in this field (highly unlikely as they don’t have that tradition

And my favorite hangout in Ateneo, Rizal Library. It won me over with the cold breeze blowing from the air conditioners and fast Internet connection.

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Another addition to my “A Boy and A Girl” photo collection



Mental note: must really do a photowalk soon because I don’t have photos of the other buildings and spots in Ateneo.

Speaking of mental notes, another rather annoying habit of mine is to list down thought-provoking lines I hear in class. This one was a hit among my Facebook friends, judging from the likes of the post.

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A quotable quote from one of my professors

The next one isn’t a line, but it makes you think nonetheless.

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Here is the library computer trying to be witty

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The paperbag from the Loyola Schools Bookstore also had this to say

Discovering the Loyola Schools Bookstore left me and my classmates mind blown, as most of the shirts did not have price tags and all sorts of merchandise are sold in this store. I initially planned on getting a preppy jacket but almost every style had the Ateneo logo on it.

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I wanted this jacket but I didn’t like the logo at the back

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Got this cute shirt instead

And oh, they also sell Ateneo gift wrappers. What in the world…

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This is just… wow.

In the last few days of our classes, I was branded as Laida Magtalas, which was just so fitting since I am the only one who came from the glossy world, and then some. Haha. The A Very Special Love reference culminated on our research seminar, when our professor asked for names to use as examples.

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Even Laida and Miggy find their way in our academic discourses

The photo above reminds me of the very thing I should be working on before July: a topic for my thesis proposal due August. I have so many ideas in mind, which means I should be camping in the library in the coming days to get some references (and to avoid cramming!).

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Spoiled with beautiful sunsets

It was a summer to remember.

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