I left secondary school (high school) in 1989 from St. Paul College, QC (it wasn’t a university back then yet).
Yep, I’m old. Not very old, though. Just old enough. 😉
So we’re celebrating our Silver Jubilee in 2014 and one of the activities our batch sponsored was a career talk for the current Juniors at the ole alma mater. Was supposed to happen (the talk) February earlier this year but the Juniors then had already had their exposure so we had to wait for the next batch. And we did just that recently – give a career talk to soon-to-be-seniors-who-will-soon-also-leave-high-school kids.
There were eight of us picked out to represent several careers: communications, journalism, law, hotel and restaurant, politics, medicine, business and fitness, and education. I spoke for communications.
I was extremely apprehensive then, about accepting the task because well, I didn’t really know what to say about what I do. Writing Tagalog romance was (is) a career but I don’t exactly know what to impart to young minds when it comes to choosing this field. Of course, I’d had to marry that with my previous profession – marketing and public relations.
Oh, heck, I said yes, and whatever. Come what may, I prepared a short speech and just hope the kids learn something. I truly truly hope they learned something.
Anyway, I won’t share here what I said in my talk. That’s not the point of this post. I just want this entry to be a tribute to us. A short post to commend all of us. Some of us were once very shy, very introverted teeners. Some of us were not who one might consider model students in our time because we were okay, just getting by, not exceptional. But I guess we made exceptional choices as we all grew older and that made us have the success stories we all shared during the forum.
So here’s to us, ladies! Cheers to the past twenty-five years and to our Paulinian foundation.
* photos courtesy of Ray-Ann Pronstroller Manalo