Good morning everyone. Last Wednesday, I received a call from Ms. Arlene. She invited me to come here and share my thoughts and experiences on how SMC helped me in my first year of college. By the way, I am now a second year dentistry student in UP Manila. Honestly, I had a hard time adjusting to college life. For me, the transition from high school was sudden. I was back to zero because of the new surroundings, unfamiliar people… just the mere thought of it scared me. I had no idea now how I was able to survive my first year. But then, I also thought to myself that I shouldn’t worry too much because SMC prepared me for it.
I am really shy and awkward when it comes to meeting new people. I am not the kind of person who would initiate talking to someone I don’t know. But SMC helped me lessen my shyness and awkwardness by giving me the opportunity to attend seminars, and to represent the school in various competitions which allowed me to make friends from different schools. When I got into college, it became easier for me to talk and approach new people around me. The skill is very useful especially when you’re talking a medical course like me because definitely, I will have to deal with people of different ages from different places in the near future.
SMC was my security blanket, but SMC also pushed me out of my comfort zone. I never thought I would join a pageant or sing and play a guitar by myself in front of an audience. But I did. Joining contests and competitions boosted my confidence around unfamiliar people.
SMC’s SED (Speaking in English Drive) allowed me to practice my English speaking skills which are really helpful especially in college. When one enters university, you meet people from different parts of the country or even the world which means that there would be circumstances wherein you won’t be able to communicate with each other easily because of language barriers. English as the universal language made it easier for me to communicate and interact. This was based on my experience as I made friend with someone from Dumaguete. We both had a hard time understanding each other when talking in Tagalog or Bisaya, so we talk in English.
SMC is the foundation of my skills and knowledge. If it weren’t for the preparation, training and exposure SMC has given me, I don’t think I would be able to survive my first year in college.