The Beginning of a New By Valerie May M. Cruz (February 26, 2009) Starting all over again.

The word “again” indicates that this is something not new to me. Not necessarily something that I enjoy doing but something that has to be done. Not mandated to me by fate but something that I must do in order to fulfill my destiny. I usually leave things and sometimes people behind. I get out of my comfort zone. I try to look boldly even though I am trembling deep inside then I charge forth despite all the anxieties and uncertainties in my mind. I am not a typical out door person who loves mountain climbing or a beach person who enjoys boat sailing but I certainly consider myself as an adventurous individual. I take pleasure on going against the gravity and waves of life till I reach the top of the mountain or the sea shore. I knew from the very start that the path I have taken is not an easy one and it may take some time before I reach my final destination In a few weeks time, I am about to end my term as a teacher in the institution that I have considered as my second home, Miriam College. I will once again go out of my comfort zone and try again my chances on becoming a lawyer while trying to finish my Masters degree hopefully by 2010. A few years ago I had my own defeats in the battle of life. My optimism is clouded with pessimism and reality suddenly became surreal. This came when I failed to enter the law schools I have applied for. I felt bruised and exhausted hence I decided to take a rest and seek refuge. I cleared my mind and put my emotions aside while I considered for another plan. They say that when a door closes a window opens for a new opportunity. The new opportunity in my case came along as the chance to share my passion and knowledge about the subject matter that I have I tried to be expert for, this was the field of History. I became a high school teacher at Miriam High School teaching Asian Civilizations for sophomore students. But this was not my first encounter with this institution I was a freshman student then at Miriam college tracking for AB International Studies when I transferred to UP Diliman as a BA History student. This was actually my first major “Starting all over again.” All over again because I entered not as a sophomore student but yet again as freshman student. Thanks of course to the support of my loving parents that they immediately supported me despite the fact that my tuition fee was quite expensive not to mention the additional allowances and dorm fees that they have already paid for. I started all over again and I tried very hard with the best of my capability to finish my degree within four years. I blended in easily with the UP crowd and I gained so many friends and wonderful experiences. In fact I considered those years as the best years of my life. Unlike a typical UP student however, I did not have the UP pride and angst because I know that I entered the back door in order to get in, therefore, I must always keep myself composed and humble and keep my focus towards my goal.

“then why do you still have to leave teaching? “ Perhaps my reasoning may not be agreed upon by many because it is not practical. I am just opening a new one. Life is too short to wait for things to happen. friends and love ones showed their love. Rare are the moment when I get so inspired as I am now in this point of my life. my batteries are all charged. I must always take my chances in life because I may never know when another one may come. I am looking forward for the time when I will cross paths again with Miriam and experience again the joy of teaching. outspoken yet encouraging and inspiring at the same time. Like a passionate artist I cannot forego an opportunity like this to create a masterpiece. I became more open-minded to criticisms. I realized that not only men are capable of having an ego but in some cases women as well. But reality strikes. as much as I hoped for it would be. I must go my way to make them come true. I am lucky that despite of it my parents. Indeed experience is the best teacher. This event made me cross paths once again with Miriam College when I was hired to become a full time faculty and as a club moderator of Banaag Theatre Guild. time passes by really quickly. Therefore when things are in sync and in order as it is now. I did not even realize that I am now in my early 20s. This is something I did not plan for in life but everything fitted just fine. I spent ten meaningful months not only of teaching but of constant learning as well. But of course this is not to say that I am closing another door. to finish Masters and hopefully to become a lawyer. once again I am ready for the beginning of a new. I did not regret my decision at all because I met so many inspiring people who are thriving in their respective fields and students who are driven. the destiny of Juan is not necessarily the destiny of Jose or in my case my father‘s destiny is not necessarily my destiny. It was a tough time most especially a lot of people were expecting that I will make it. equipped with new lessons learned and experiences. more trusting of people but still vigilant and most importantly frugal. Don’t get me wrong at this point I am not being too ambitious or anything.This was to finish my degree and aim to get in to UP law. I just simply wanted to pursue my dream. I learned that value of money that no other economic theory can explain. I was no longer my former obsessive compulsive self but a reformed person who is more outgoing and less rigid. there is something that I still need to pursue in order to fulfill the longings of my heart. Spending time daily with these people made me easily forget my short comings and saw myself in a totally different light. However. people ask me. . I was able to have my own savings from my own money for the first time. support and encouragement. I have taken my rest. Like I said I am no longer my obsessive compulsive self. The truth of the matter is even if I am leaving teaching for the meantime it does not mean that I am leaving it behind forever. My father is a UP Law graduate and a member of a UP Law based fraternity hence I had the idea that since we share the same genes I have the chances to get in as well. Life is too short to wait for things to happen.