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3 WHY I AM PROUD BEING A TEACHER? The Outburst of Teaching

4 Excellence through the Years 5 Being a Working Student 6 Time: A Precious Friend 7

Burning Midnight Candle The Magnificence of Field Study

GOOD ABOUT 8 WHAT’S BEING A STUDENT LEADER? an Honor Student 9 Being Proud to be a Future Teacher Mom 10 Student Act of Volunteerism

Staff

Editor-in-chief Joshua Iliw- Iliw | Associate Editor-in-chief Amelyn Estrada | Managing Editor Al Quinn Navarro | News Editor Mary Jane Salagoste | Sports Editor Mirra Ladaran-Jumarito | Features Editor Marisa Maquiso | Literary Editor Charlyn Acenas | Layout Editor April Plaza | Art Editor Patrick Zulieta


By: Joshua Iliw-iliw

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s the call of teaching requires great compassion and passion in order to be successful in such endeavors, I often ponder as to why I want to become a teacher. The idea maybe a little bit scary to consider yet exciting and rewarding as I think of those lives waiting for me to touch, guide, lead and mold. Often we hear the expression, “Times have changed.” And perhaps they have. Our generation has witnessed enormous strides in the fields of medicine, transportation, communication, and exploration, to name but a few. But there are those isolated islands of constancy amid the vast sea of change. For instance, girls are girls and boys are boys. There may be teachers who believe that the mention of current events is but of total difference from that spiritual pedagogy of teaching. I believe that there is a relationship between the two. As teachers, we have an insistent obligation to keep growing, to stay alert, to remain sensitive to what is going on in the world about us. Continual growth in knowledge is vital to the realm of a teacher’s life. There are illustrations and lessons currently in newspapers and in good books that we need to know. If a book is a good book, its principles will open up new vistas of life that will reinforce, reemphasize, and strengthen the fundamentals we are teaching. Teachers matter, as they have always mattered. We have an obligation to reach and befriend and love those whom we teach. As one anonymous author once said: Capitol University

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“Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave. It is not teaching youths the shapes of letters and the tricks of numbers and then leaving them to turn their arithmetic to roguery and their literature to lust. It means, on the contrary, training them into the perfect exercise and kindly continence of their bodies and souls. It is a painful, continual, and difficult work to be done by kindness, by watching, by warning, by precept, by praise, and above all, by example.” “What, then, is true education? It is awakening a love for truth, a just sense of duty, opening the eyes of the soul to the great purpose and end of life. It is not teaching the individual to love the good for personal sake; it is to teach him to love the good for the sake of the good itself; to be virtuous in action because he is so in heart. In the face of a great, changing world, it is our duty to teach the truth, to transmit the fine, sweet, uplifting things of our culture, and to inspire action. In order to do this, we must keep learning. Oftentimes, I ponder to the idea if along the path of my career as teacher, should I cease learning? Would I be able to obtain all the knowledge I need to qualify as an excellent teacher? Why would I keep learning then? The answer is: Because our philosophy of education demands it, and our philosophy of life and growth demands it. Because the world is moving, and we need to keep up with it. I mean the world of useful, productive knowledge.

the application of science and technology produced more changes in how men lived and worked than were produced in the previous six thousand years. More changes in how men live and work will occur during the next thirty or thirty-five years than were produced in all previous history. Another relevant question that I considered in the realm of being a teacher in the future is, how will I continuously learn and transpire my knowledge to my students? In answer I come across with five words that have evolved from a lifetime of teaching. The five words were called steps to learning: (1) Read. (2)Listen. (3) Mark. (To me mark means also copy, clip, assemble. Do it now; tomorrow you will forget where you read it, and it will be gone. The kids will tear the paper up or put poster paint on it. The book you think you will remember to put the marker in will disappear, or you will forget it.Mark means get it in an accessible form while you are thinking about it, at the cost of some things that are less important.) (4) Organize. (Think and put things together. Get them cohesive, coherent. You will change them later, but organize them now.) (5) Digest. (As I understand it, that means getting the strength in your bloodstream, casting out the dross, and moving with energy.) As these wondrous imperatives are true in my chosen path as an educator in the future, I have always been proud to say and claim that indeed, teaching is a very noble profession. 3


By: Mark Tan

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o start with, let me ask you some questions, why do people aspire for excellence? Is it because of popularity? For quality? Or for conformity of a certain standard required? The answer depends on how one perceived excellence in his or her own understanding. However, many people pursue excellence in order to become the “BEST” since it is the “in thing” in today’s generation. Are you one of them? How about the names Vincent Lombardi? Pat Riley? Or Martin Luther King? Do you know them? You might be confused as to what relation do they serve in my article. Well, if you just know these people it would be easy for you to understand why I mention them. It is because they are EXCELLENT in their fields. They are the ones, who strongly believe that, “There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.” Excellence is defined as doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. But, when do we say that something is excellent? How do we measure excellence? I would say excellence is something too theoretical or abstract for us to understand. However, I would like to use a certain example in which I believe is a true picture of excellence. She is now 40 years old and still striving hard to pursue excellence in 4

all her undertakings. I know that you know what I am talking about. It is my school, your school, our school … Capitol University is what I am referring to. Everyone can prove that for the past 40 years, Capitol University has shown the society the true essence of excellence. Our school was founded in a dream, a vision of globally competitive organization, dedicated to changing peoples’ lives through upgrading their way of living. Looking back, Cagayan Capitol College, started as a non-secretarian, co-educational private academic institution. Founded by Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales, it has gone several transformations before it became what it is now known as a school of excellence. She has lived its purpose and achieved its goals in developing quality graduates and staff. Indeed, this is a true mark of excellence in fields of endeavor as evidenced by the recognition of its quality education. Apparently, CU had been granted DEREGULATED status. Some of its colleges are identified Center of Training and Center of Development and remarkably, Center of Excellence in Teacher Education: proof that the quality standard system of its colleges has been evidently improved and continuously improving. All these achievements I have shared with you are simply a picture of what excellence is all about. “C.U.’s image is at an all time high as she continues to provide quality education to humanity. New programs, courses, best state of the art facilities, and many more

are geared up to help in the process of developing quality students who will excel in their chosen field of endeavor. It is her aim to respond to academic challenges across the globe. Such are making me a proud student of Capitol University, making me realize that excellence is not something we wish for to happen, but it is something we work to make it happen. If we want to be good or excellent in our field, we must never settle until good becomes better and better becomes the best. Just like what Pat Riley, a famous U.S. Basketball coach once said, “Excellence is a gradual result of always striving to do better.” Now, I stand today as a student of Capitol University, a Capitolian. I am pleased and ecstatic to say that Capitol University is the school I am very proud of and I will continue to say I will always be proud of being part of her 40 years of excellence. I am also equally proud of the fact that I am one of the excellent students of an excellent school . . . the school that teaches me joy of service, and to seek opportunities to help others in whatever way I can. To study and study hard, to give reality to my dreams and to be a blessing to others. I stand today as an excellent Capitolian who believes what Thomas Boswell had said, “There is no substitute for excellence, not even success.” This time --- Let us be excellent not only in words but also in deeds! Be one of us! Sidlak 2011

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By: Patrick G. Zulieta

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fter our high school graduation, I dreamt of going to college and taking up a course of my interest to finding employment. As the opening of classes drew near, I started to worry. Who would send me to school? Would I end up like my neighbor who became a bystander after high school because his parents couldn’t afford to send him to school? I have a dream for my future and for my family and I won’t end them up by doing nothing. My mother consoled by saying that I have a choice to work and study at the same time. So I applied a working student in Capitol University. Being a working student is the most challenging in the life of a college student. Why? Because aside from studying the lessons, making homework’s and assignments, listening to instructors and professors and making projects. A working student always has another assignment which other normal student don’t. A working student does not have time to go out and hang with friends because he has a duty in the school. He has so many tasks to be done depending on where he is assigned for duty. In our school, we have four (4) departments for the working students namely, the Security department, Maintenance department, Office and Laboratory department. One has responsibilities and accountabilities in

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the school where one is working as a working student, the school shoulders the tuition fee and all you have to pay are the books and the uniforms. It is for their reasons why many students applying as working students. Due to financial constraints, they cannot afford to study in prestigious schools like CU and the best option is to apply as a working scholar. Sometimes I am feeling down when things seem not right and I get reprimanded. Human as we are, we feel bad whenever one are told that we are not capable enough enough to perform our task. But this is the only thing that I san be proud of. I decided to become a working student in order to help my parents by sparing them from the burdens of sending me to school. Sometimes I find some extra job like typing just to earn money and be dependent. Some of my fellow working students told me that they feel like quitting because it is very hard and they are tired after long hours of work attending the class as I told them; it is part of the life of a college student. You have to manage your time and be patient because it is your investment for your future. I am proud that I am a college working student. It has developed time management and strong determination. I have faced these trials that come my way and to eventually graduate from the course I have taken.

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By: Charlyn A. Acenas

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ime is gold, thus, an education student’s success depends on how he/she uses his/her time through effective time management. Time management is a very personal matter. How do you manage your time? Are you wasting it or are you very wise in managing your time? As the world evolves and changes, people become more busy and because of being busy, their life sometimes become more complicated. As one of the busiest persons in the world, let me give you some tips on proper time management. I am a working student and I know how hard it is to deal with time. See to it that your work, studies, family, love life, self and church are all benefited with your time. All of these are very important to you so that none of them will be left out. You will be a future teacher and being a teacher is not easy. You will find yourself filled with obligations and responsibilities and you need to cope with all of them. Time is inevitably difficult to manage especially for us working students. We need to balance everything, from our studies to work or duty, family, love life, self and especially the Lord. Every time I think that I am the busiest person in the whole world, I feel I am like a robot. It is necessary to understand how your time is spent. One must have documentation on how much time is spent in the class, studying, visiting friend or family as well as working and eating. As a working student, 6

it is indeed difficult for me to manage my time but with courage and persistence, I have coped with everything I do. I always conserve time. I hate slow and lazy person. I always look into my grades because working students need to maintain their grades. Bad timing always affects our grades and all that are involved. Moreover, a daily “to-do” list may assist you in knowing what needs to be done within the day immediately. This list will keep your assignments and projects in a priority order. It is a good idea to keep monthly or annual calendar so the long range date can be set. Get a copy of your school calendar and put in the important dates and holidays, so you will know when to expect rest and other assignment to be due.

Furthermore, in order to use time wisely, put things in a priority order dealing with the most difficult ones first. This is because they will be out of the way first and the others will be done easily. Also, you must have a scheduled time to study. It must not come to the point where you fell restless without even achieving something. Start studying in a distractionfree environment and don’t leave the TV or your cell phone on. It is a good idea to study for shorter periods of time so you won’t be exhausted.

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By: Mary Jane Salagoste

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s a University student, one really needs to burn his/her midnight candle. I know how much we have to work hard and how much important it is to do to finish every semester successfully. I can see around me some students who are hard workers and use all their time by studying, that’s why I choose to discuss and write something about the effects of studying very hard. On the first hand, studying can have good effects on a student inside the school and even outside the school. Inside the school the beneficial effects of studying are the good grades one can get and the fulfilling

feeling of success because one does not have to worry about transferring but to graduate at the end of 4-5 years for passing every exams in all subjects. All these can lead to a good job in the future. A successful career awaits you and a lot more that life can offer because of studying. Outside the class, the things that studying hard can provide include student becoming very cultivated and productive individual with a lot of knowledge which is essential in everyday life. It can also give pride and honor to our parents who invest a lot of effort in our education. The honors and awards that we can achieve at the end are very important

to them as well. They will serve as our payment to them for their hard work. There are some students who do not pay attention or would not even try to burn their midnight candle. They just take their studies for granted. It is ok for them to just pass the subjects even with a low grade. One thing that I would like to tell to my fellow students is, “Aim high, and aim for the best!” If burning midnight candle is the only guarantee for us to be on top, then let us do it. Let us make it a habit.

teaching and not just learning the theory inside the classroom as often discussed by our professors. Theories might have been forgotten but the experiences and reflections will be remembered forever. We might have different experiences and reflections but the most significant of it is how we fully grasp its essence in our profession. Sometimes we often ponder as to why many students would complain in conducting it. Is it because they found a hard time looking for a respondent teacher knowing that some of them would refuse due to intricate schedules or students didn’t really feel the significance of doing it? Well,

the answer lies behind them. But being an education student, we should always put it in our mind that choosing this course requires passion and commitment thus, whatever we do should not be taken as a burden and we should do it with an open heart. By giving importance on the experiences and reflections we have had in our field study will make us lifelong learners. This will help us become competitive teachers someday who are equipped with different strategies, knowledge and skills in handling students in the 21st century.

By: Marisa Mesperos Maquiso

“Just having an experience does not necessarily mean that learning has occurred. The important factor which can turn raw experience into learning is the process of reflection”,(Boud et al 1997). This is just one of the significant theoretical bases of field study experience - reflective education. Experience without reflection does not lead to learning as what Kolb (1984) said in his model of experiential learning. But we cannot reflect if we don’t have experiences. Thus, experience and reflection must go together. As future teachers, we really need to have exposure and practice in reflective Capitol University

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By: Joshua Iliw-iliw

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f so many rendezvous of experiences that is waiting to be unleashed in a life of a student, the most wonderful that I personally consider exemplary is but being a student leader. In this context of student leadership, I was able to learn great lessons that I will forever carry throughout life’s perilous journey. First is the essence of human dignity and humility. Humility is the great protector. Humility is the antidote against pride. Humility is the catalyst for all learning. In the spiritual veil of life, I learned the essence of humility with the following words of the Savior. “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” With all the demands and pressures in leadership, I learned that if I keep myself humble before God, He will help me prevent my strengths from becoming weaknesses that the adversary can exploit to destroy me. Another great virtue that I learned as I served the students being an officer is 8

the gifts of love and tolerance. Clearly, these are great virtues. Love is an ultimate quality, and tolerance is its handmaiden. Love and tolerance are pluralistic qualities— encompassing all—and that is their strength, but it is also the source of their potential distortion. Carried to an undisciplined excess, love and tolerance can produce indifference to truth and justice and opposition to unity. As a servant in the eyes of my colleagues, I grappled with the idea of accomplishment and pride. A desire to know is surely a great strength. A hunger to learn is laudable, but the fruits of learning make a person particularly susceptible to the sin of pride. So do the fruits of other talents and accomplishments, such as in the fields of athletics or the arts. Accomplishments in higher education bring persons much recognition and real feelings of self-sufficiency. But I remember my parent’s cautions not to boast of our own strength or wisdom lest I will be left to my own strength or wisdom. The essence of sacrifice is another milestone among my learning as a student leader. A willingness to sacrifice whatever I can in terms of talents, skills, time and others

for the common good of everybody is truly a strength. I may not have that much too share, but I gained a lot from that handful of what I had given and sacrifice in the realm of student leadership. Lastly, I learned the significance of applying everything I know towards serving others selflessly. Student leadership enables me to desire more of similar experiences that will make me a total person. My experiences taught me that if my desire is not disciplined, it can cause me to pursue my searching’s beyond the fringes of orthodoxy, seeking answers to obscure mysteries rather than seeking a firmer understanding and a better practice of the basic principles of life. I may not had been the best student leader, but all the appendages of the leadership paradigm has brought lasting experiences that I’m sure will help me lead myself towards the brighter side of life’s veil. This is the essence and my worth as a student leader.

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By: Marisa Maquiso

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his statement is the conclusion to the Parable of the Wedding Feast. In the parable, the king sends his servants out to gather the wedding guests to the wedding feast. But those invited refused to come, because some were too busy with their own worldly pursuits and some were possibly hostile toward the king. So the king commands his servants to go out and invite anyone they find, and many come and fill the wedding hall. But the king sees one man without wedding clothes, and he sends him away. Jesus concludes by saying that many are called / invited to the kingdom, but only those who have been “chosen” and have received Christ will be admitted. Those who try to come without the covering

“Many are called but few are chosen”, - Matthew 22:14. of the blood of Christ for their sins are inadequately clothed and will be sent into “outer darkness,” or the so- called hell. There is one word that is common between the statement in the bible and of being awardees in Academics at the end of school year, and that word is “qualified”. In the bible, there are qualifications in order to be chosen by God. The situation is the same with our educational system. The standards and qualifications of becoming an honor student are high and nobody is exempted from going through the process. One of the qualifications imposed by the school is good grade in which students will have to maintain an average grade not lower than 1.5. Similarly, God imposed the

Ten Commandments that we need to follow in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. But then again, it is not that easy to meet all the requirements. Many were selected to be candidates to be given with Academic Excellence Award but at the end not all of them were chosen. Being an honor student requires hard work, dedication and commitment. Knowing to be in the dean’s list is such an achievement one can be proud of. The pressure of meeting all the requirements imposed by the different subjects and professors and all the busy days during the semester are all paid off at the end when one qualifies as an honor student.

Proud to be a Future Teacher By: Mary Jane Salagoste

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here are places I want to go and things I want to do but I don’t have the means to them yet. Someday, I know all my dreams will come true if I just work hard to achieve my goals. I am now in my senior year in college, and 6 months more to go I will graduate. I am so excited to experience the real world of teaching because I’ll be having my practice teaching next semester. The reason why I take up Education as a course is because I want to teach the future generation. I know it is not an easy task because in my hands lie the future of all the promising students. I have to learn a lot today so that I can impart my knowledge to them. Just like the saying that goes, “You can’t teach what you don’t have”. I know that someday I will be able to influence 10

and mold the young ones to become future lawyers, doctors, engineers, businessmen etc. Being a teacher is indeed a noble profession. I love teaching. It is not just a job or routine of going to school every day, but it’s a way of life. What I experience now among all my professors when they are teaching has given me the chance to inspire and encourage young minds to love the art of learning. As a future teacher, I can say that teaching is a wonderful career choice. From my younger age, my family, friends and previous teachers helped and encouraged and inspired me to become a teacher someday. Teaching has always been my passion. I want to provide students with knowledge, skills and passion to take control of their lives and become experts of tomorrow. Personally it has given me the chance to inspire them

with my expertise. Working with them and imparting my knowledge to them is extremely inspirational. It’s a role I have always dreamed of and I am determined to succeed in it so I work hard for it. Teaching for me is the greatest role in life that someone can do. When you actually see students learning is something that can’t be bought. To pass on what I have learned and see where it takes a young person in life is amazing. To help them choose a path in life with encouragement and guidance is breathtaking. When the time comes that my practice teaching ends and my students will approach me again and remember certain times, events and lessons that I taught them, I can say that “I am truly proud”. Proud to be a teacher. Proud to have a positive effect on somebody’s life. Sidlak 2011

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Student Mom By: Mirra L. Jumarito

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ow do I define a student mom? I used to define a student mom as a multitasked obligators. These words have big values to define which bond to be one endless to give meaningful definition that is what we called “STUDENT MOM”. I am also a student mom. I study and at the same time I take good care of my son . I always have hectic time and schedule. I set my own time management for me to balance my obligations. But sometimes I failed to do so. Even sometimes I forget to do my assignments because I have so many things to do when every time I’m in my home.

I won’t deny that I failed to do something that is necessary example to this is my assignments, projects and etc. I even have absences from my classes. Balancing with obligation is really a challenging task. I know that if I failed my obligations it wouldn’t complete me for who I am. So, I tried my best to comply and fulfill my obligations. For I know God give me these challenges for me to be more stronger, faithful with Him and to learn the reason why I exist because I want to learn how to answer the HOw. There are moments that I realized that being a student mom is challenging and needs effort. But it doesn’t mean that I’m

encouraging you guys to get marry to be like me. Why it is challenging, it’ because when I am student and the same time I learn that life is precious, I will not waste my life into nothing. As a student I will do my responsibilties and duties for me to become successful in future. For I know, behind my success my parent and my family will be happy for me. As a mother to my son and wife to my husband, I’am also trying to be a good mother and wife to them. Though being a student mom is really hard but I’am inspire instead because of the people sorround me especailly my family.

Act of Volunteerism By: Al Quinn C. Navarro

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” Paul Harris (Rotary Club International) Indeed, volunteerism, in its conceptual form, includes the individual or collective efforts of willing individuals, known as volunteers, to act in ways toward the betterment of oneself, other individuals, communities, and/or society. It is an act voluntarily to help other people who are in need. Here at Capitol University, The College of Education Community Extension Services promotes students’ acts of volunteerism. They are called Student Volunteers. They

enhance their learning and apply what they learn through tutorial services given to Elementary pupils and High School students in order to develop their reading, writing, numeracy skills and help them acquire good values. Every Saturday at seven o’clock in the morning, the Education students assemble at the Friendship Park of Capitol University to go to Saint John The Baptist Elementary School at Puntod, North City Central School and Puntod National High School. The students are divided into three groups and are assigned to different adopted schools to reader tutorial lessons. Mr. Ferdinand Cabeguin the Extension Officer of the

college heads and the student volunteers from first year to fourth year. Education students starting from first year to fourth year. The group of Student volunteers is composed of conscientious students who believe that transformation of the society largely depend on what they are actively and passionately doing, that by serving and empowering the marginalized members of the society, they are responding to the call that would bring into reality the spirit of being a Filipino-“May Malasakit sa Kapwa at sa Buong Sambayanan.”

Objectives of the College of Education Student Volunteers

1. Actively engage in the tutorial program of the college of Education Community Extension. 2. Enhance student participation in community extension program and activities and help in increasing the COHORT survival rate of the students of the 3 schools identified (St. John The Baptist Elementary School at Puntod, Cagayan De Oro City, North City Central School, and Puntod National High School). 3. Design learning modules and/or learning materials specifically designed for pupils who are academically challenged. 4. Collect a portfolio of students’ participation that reflects his progressive role in extension services and programs as the student goes from freshman year until senior year (College of Education Students)

Activities

1. Regular tutorial activity on reading, writing and arithmetic to at risk students of the 3 schoolidentified. 2. National Achievement Test (NAT) Review for pupils and students who are taking the NAT. 3. Capability building seminar for volunteers to heighten civic consciousness, 4. Enhance teachers’ effectiveness through shared experience and transfer of Technology that may be helpful in their classrooms. Capitol University

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