I could still vividly remember the 1st Year orientation I attended when I first entered the gates of Palawan Hope Christian School, which was during that time, only a mere school which I was just forced to enter. Little did I know, this will be home ground for me to improve myself in different aspects and as a whole.
When I was in first year, surprisingly, I didn't have a rough time fitting in in a crowd which already have different cliques of their own. I've had different sets of friends though before I have settled to find the best ones. It was also the same year when we, as freshmen, have struggled to understand the Biology class, which, as far as my memory could remember, we had 3 teachers to have taught us the subject -- one was the good one who decided to migrate to another place, another one who doesn't seem to know what she was teaching, and the last one who was also our health teacher during that time. As a transferee in that Chinese school, I came to struggle to study the Chinese class as well. But all in all, it was a great year for me, to start the four year-battle I will be going through.
In between my first year and fourth year in high school, I, together with my batch mates (which I prefer to be called friends) have gone through different experiences any highschooler could ever experience -- there were the petty fights, the big ones, the struggle of understanding one lesson after another, the battle against procrastination, the art of copying homework from one classmate to another before the class starts, the ever present teamwork during a pop quiz, and the list could go on forever. But behind those, we were molded and honed to be the persons we are now. The Friday Specials, the see-you-at-the-pole every Wednesday, the Bible Study ever month, the annual Positive Values Seminar and a myriad other seminars we were forced to attend, the Junior-Senior Camp, and many others-- they were all a big help.
During my last year in high school, I came to find the best of friends who had brought out the best in me, Kat and Ica, throughout the years. While we struggled to balance our time between thesis and homeworks and musical plays and group works (which need a great dealing with the freeloader) and projects and tests and quizzes, we were also tasked to be an example, as seniors, to the little ones (which sounds really easy, but isn't); and all topped with numerous activities we should head. It was not an easy year for us, but we had a great time together. We learned to handle pressure between activities and studies, because the school administration gave as a hard time.
|This was during the retreat. Zoe and Rachelle went pa to our cabin to bring food and have photo ops. ;)|
|This was during our Social Studies project when we were told to interview child laborers.|
|This was the Valor class. ;)|
|Here we were, trying to alter the school uniform. HAHAHA|
|The Courage class. ;)|
|This was during the Cupid and Psyche musicale. :D|
|This was taken after the Lights and Sounds had finished. Oh fun, group 1. :)|
|The last night that we were complete, okay minus Tin and Thea and Coreen and Mai. Graduation ball. ♥|
|The two best people I've spent my four years with. ;)|
To top it all off, highschool, as fast as it may seem, will always be the best four years I will ever have. In that four years, we were taught not only the basic knowledge we ought to learn but also how to deal with the life ahead of us. Highschool had carved its own place in my heart that will never be replaced.