I am privileged. Just like I did last year, I officially started my academic year along with the whole Thomasian community as we join the traditional Misa de Apertura. But this year, am more excited as this event also served as the venue for the newly appointed Rector Magnificus of the University to officially sworn at his office. And being the News Editor, am tasked to cover the event which made it extra-special as I got the chance to interview the preceding and incumbent Rector.
Everybody’s looking forward to work with him and see what he has in store for the University. It is evident in the ambush interview done by yours truly earlier that he wants reinforcement and strengthening to the research-based programs and to expand the Simbahayan project as these two things were referred to as the ‘good projects that were laid for good intentions that needs to b continued and flourished.’ He has full of ambitions for the University; he wants nothing but a greater UST. I could see that in him from the way he mentioned his initial plans.
On the other hand, the whole experience is far way better than those of what I have done before. Aside from the actually chasing of noted people to be interviewed, there also goes the endless competition with other reporters who doesn’t consider each other. I mean, it’s a battle of who’ll be the faster guy to raise a question and god, it’s not really nice at all! But this doesn’t mean that am not liking it. As a matter of fact, am really enjoying the competency that am giving into this game.
What else has been done just for the sake of successfully coming up with the desired article? Well, more of physical activities were on it - standing up for an hour or two, running [above-mentioned], collision with lots of reporter, and let’s include dehydration as well! That’s why I have this feeling of getting fit because of this kind of activities.
Despite my love for the job, am still not looking at the option of shifting from Engineering to Journalism. My heart may be with writing but I still could do that even without sacrificing my ambition of becoming a Thomasian engineer. Besides am learning from my experiences now that am more exposed to the bigger field unlike before. Let people think that am getting crazy and is wasting the opportunity of being a legit journalist but it won’t really affect me as I believe that anyone could always be one as long as your heart desires for it.
To Fr. Dagohoy, congratulations for being the newly appointed University Rector. Thank you for allowing us interview you and giving ample time to the reporters. We really appreciate it. More power you and God bless!