I wasn’t very excited for my own graduation. Or at least I expected myself to be far more excited than this.
Though that was the case, I had a lot to be thankful for about this special weekend:
- My whole family (except one selfish brother) came to celebrate with me.
- I got to spend quality time with Chris (and even met his parents XD)
- I looked acceptable by my standards (though a bit unsatisfied with the makeup)
- Several people from the actuarial division were present and we had opportunity for a group photo
- My photographer friend Tristan was available and willing to work on a photoshoot checklist that I made
- I am not close with this batch of graduates (neither with my own), so got to skip the group photos and was off to a head start with the checklist before the venue got very crowded
- Almost every item on that checklist was checked (Jenny where were you? D:) and a few surprise items happened as well (my mom and Dr. JD’s first meeting, my first pic w/ the oblation statue, etc.)
- The logistics involving my family went smoothly. Contrary to what I expected, I didn’t get stressed!
- It didn’t rain! Except for when my close friends and I were already safely celebrating in a restaurant
- First picture with my video gamer/anime lover friend Lance! And David gave me a creative grad gift 😀
- I had graduation photos with the PSG team and Dr. JD invited us to her residence for a graduation dinner
- Update: I didn’t need to pay anything for my grad photos because they only took 7/10
All in all it was a good experience. Hopefully my next graduation ceremonies (hello grad school!) will be at least as nice 😀
It was my first time to be on-air for Pinoy Scientist yesterday. Our guest scientists for the “Science, Technology and Society” episode were Dr. Sonia Jacinto of the UP Diliman Institute of Biology and Dr. Ginny Cruz, soon to be a DOST Balik Scientist.
Dr. Sonia talked about plant extracts in cancer research, while Dr. Ginny discussed chemisthesis, her work as a chemosensory neuroscientist, and the connection between Sci & Tech and society.
It turns out that the extent of my fear of public speaking happens to include broadcasting. Even Dr. G found that a bit ridiculous ’cause it doesn’t involve a physical audience, but… I can’t help but feel uptight about the whole thing because at the very core I am afraid of messing up. PS is a nationwide program after all (and the fact that my family would be tuning in just added to the pressure :(( ). I bypassed the liquor ban and drank a few shots of whiskey before the show but it didn’t completely dispel my nervousness. I was so awkward and couldn’t even express myself well in Filipino. 😦 Good thing Dr. JD was very considerate and Deewai went with us to give some moral support. 😀
All that stress, and I’m going to have to experience it every other Sunday! D: Well, joining the team has always been my choice and I don’t regret it. I can’t watch the interview video without cringing at this point, but I’m glad that things will get better from here as I gradually improve (otherwise that would suck, haha). I just have to be able to prepare more for the interviews and learn to ask better questions.