Goodbye

Summary: This blog will from now on provide only case digests. So before it dies out like all the other student case digest sites out there, I’d like to say goodbye.


I have no more time for sitting down and writing here.

The study of law has taken most of it. This semester has taken even my nighttime. I had classes which ended at 9:30 in the evening. That was a first in my life. Even while I was taking up my bachelor’s degree, I did not have to stay in school for that long. And I thought I was a day student. (Pang-umagang pang-gabi.) Another first was that I had to rent an on-campus boarding house because of the ungodly schedule. But I’m digressing, aren’t I?

Besides, I have run out of topics to write about and the drive to continue on. I was thinking of drafting a novel through a series of posts about a world on the path of self-destruction with a love story on the side. As my sister said, “the best stories about love are not love stories.” But I don’t see any necessity for that. We are living through it anyway (sans the love story, of course). Abangan na lang natin ang susunod na kabanata.

Lastly, besides the case digests, the other posts have not seen much readership. Thus, most of them (especially the personal posts) have been taken down. I guess my stories and interests are just not interesting. Or they do not elicit any response. Or just a collective unexpressed “meh”.

So, I am transforming this blog to a collection of case digests for my various classes. I am planning to schedule one digest a day starting January 1 next year from my Obligations and Contracts class. Tamang-tama, makikinabang yung mga freshmen next sem.

And inevitably, as with all case digest websites, this blog will eventually die. I didn’t have time to make case digests this semester; instead, I just did one-liners per case and just committed every detail into memory.

(It’s not a good study technique though. I’m seriously considering going back on making and handwriting digests for my classes next year. I’ll start with it during the semestral break, hopefully.)

So yes, I will eventually run out of content (and/or time to schedule posts). And this site can finally fade away (except in Google search as regards the digests already posted).

Before that day eventually comes, allow me to bid farewell and thank all the passers-by who have read or even just skimmed through this blog. I wish you all the best, I hope that you wish the same from me.

Taking a cue from someone who was once a friend: “Out there, I have no more stories to tell.”

So, you qualified for law school. Ano na?

Preparing for every class includes, especially if you live far from the school, getting there before everyone else.

Ilang araw lang ang nakaraan, lumabas na ang unang listahan ng mga pumasa sa UP College of Law para sa susunod na taon, 2016-7. Sa mga pumasa, binabati ko kayo. Sabi nga ng blockmate ko, “Congratulations! The easiest part is over.” Hindi biro ang pumasa sa LAE. Sa mga hindi nakasama sa listahan, kapit lang. May pag-asa pa sa interview.

Now that you have passed the first step, you may be excited to enter the UP College of Law, or law school in general. But have you asked yourself: Why am I taking up law? Why would I spend the next 4 or 5 or more years in law school? 

Hindi biro ang mga tanong na ito. Dahil kung hindi malinaw ang sagot para sa iyo, baka madali kang sumuko. Sa block namin, pito o walo na ang umalis. Akala ko isa doon ang tatagal. Akala ko ako ang aalis. Inaamin ko, muntik na akong tumigil noong huling semestre. Bawat umaga noon, nagigising na lang ako nang nasusuka sa takot. Humina ang aking ganang kumain. Sa apat na taon ko sa kolehiyo, 65 kilograms ang aking timbang. Nang matapos ang unang semestre ko sa Law, nabawasan ako nang limang kilograms. Sabi nga ng isa ko pang blockmate, “They don’t call it Malcolm Hell for nothing.”

The first year is part of the screening process. It is a test of your wit and will. It is easy to leave and hard to stay. But I stuck to it, and I am still sticking to it. I’d like to think that my reasons for staying in law school are strong enough to drive me to stay. Ultimately, that is the most important point, whatever your reason may be. The study of law requires a lot of sacrifices. So you must know why you choose to go through all of these. So you have something to tell yourself whenever you feel like giving up.

Meet my block, C2019. They have kept me sane and hopeful so far. (Source: Clarisse Valdecantos)

Kailangan niyo ring pag-isipan kung handa ba kayong magsakripsyo para sa iyong mga makakasama. You will all be in a collective miseryKakailanganin niyo ang bawat isa. Hindi lang para sa pag-aaral, para maligtas sa recit at sa finals, kundi pati para mapanatiling malinaw ang inyong mga isip at damdamin.

No human is an island, as the saying goes. You don’t have to battle it out by yourself. That was the most important lesson I realized this year. I wish I could tell you more, but I have little time right now for that.

If you have decided to continue on, my blockmate suggests, “Load up on sleep while you can.” Or, as how another puts it, “Sleep now or forever hold your eyebags.”

Finally, I ask you a favor, please pray for us, those who passed before, for the struggle is far from over.

I could be wording this better, but I have little time on my hands right now. I’ll edit this sometime in the future.

From ask.fm: ano ang sikreto para maging summa cum laude?

Answering this on my blog instead, para pwede ko siyang baguhin sa paglipas ng panahon. Question from here.

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. Joke lang, okay lang namang malaman siya ng iba e.

First of all, you have to settle some very important questions. Gusto mo bang makuha ang summa cum laude? Willing ka bang magsakripisyo at magsikap para makuha yun? But, more importantly, you need to know for whom or for what you’re doing it for. Parang Nescafe yan e, “Para kanino ka ba bumabangon?” Wala kasing drive o gana para matamo ang isang goal kung di mo naman alam kung bakit o para kanino mo siya inaalay. Para lang ba sa iyong sarili, o sa pamilya, para sa mga kaibigan, o sa bayan?

Once you commit yourself and once you know who or what you’re doing it for, the next step involves exercising discipline. Hindi pwedeng pabandying-bandying (yan ba spelling nun?) lang at i-ka-cram ang assignment kapag malapit na ang deadline. Lalo na kung kailangan ng research and analysis. Sa Public Ad (na kursong natapos ko), kailangan laging kumuha ng impormasyon mula sa pamahalaan at iba’t ibang organisasyon para sa reports at end-of-sem papers. Kaya simula pa lang ng sem, dapat makapag-submit ka na ng request letter sa resource person. Dapat makapag-interview o makuha mo na yung papers sa gitna ng sem para makapag-analyze o makapag-adjust sa topic kung di nila pwedeng ibigay yung kailangan mo.

Hindi rin magandang nag-ka-cram. Turo nga sa psychology, “forgetting is greatest after learning.” Kung kaya mong gawin, regular pag-aralan at intindihin ang notes. Don’t just memorize, rather understand. Mas malinaw kung makakapag-connect the dots ka, applying theory to practice. Pinakamaganda mag-aral sa umaga, pero dapat kumain muna ng agahan. As for study tips, I highly recommend Ms. Gabi Timbancaya’s answer.

Third, adjust accordingly. Kung mukha mang hindi mo makukuha ang pagiging summa, huwag mag-alala at sumuko. Ilang beses na itong nangyayari sa akin, kaya nirerebisa ko ang aking expectations. Meron ngang isang sem na sinabi kong magiging magna (at hindi summa) ako. Be realistic. If the people to whom you dedicate your all expect too much from you, talk to them and let them understand what you’re going through.

Kung may balak ka ring sumali at magsikap sa mga organisasyon at aktibidad sa labas ng acads, o kaya magkaroon ng love life, kailangan mo ring mag-adjust. Let them know and understand what you’re aiming for. They will understand. Know your limits and recognize your potentials. (At least my organization did. Will never know from my “forever” though. Wala e. Haha. Ang corny pala.)

However, don’t compromise honor in the pursuit of excellence. Work hard for your grades, don’t beg for them. Don’t cheat your way. And don’t treat grades or being a summa as an end in itself, but only as a means to some greater end.

Fourth, relax a little. Nakakaburnout kung di ka magbibigay ng space para mag-enjoy. Kumanta at iparinig sa buong madla, magbasa ng nobela o story sa Wattpad, manood ng drama o kaya cartoons, maki-update sa mga nangyayari sa social media, mag-exercise. But don’t unwind too much. Remember that you’re aiming for something. Kaya ayoko ring sundan ang Game of Thrones e. Baka once I start, I would not be able to stop. Haha.

Lastly, don’t let being a summa cum laude define who you are. Rather, be a good person, child, relative, colleague, friend, citizen, and leader in the best way that you can.

Para sa anon na nagtanong, thank you for asking. 🙂

Isang panawagan sa aking mga kapwa mag-aaral ng Public Administration

Kaklase noong high school: Emir, anong course mo?

Ako: BA Public Administration.

Kaklase: Ah – ano yun?

Hindi na bago ang mga ganitong sitwasyon sa akin. Lahat na lang ng mga nagtatanong nito – kamag-anak man, dating mga kaklase at mga guro, napapakunot na lang ang mga noo kapag sinasabi kong Public Administration (PA) ang kurso ko. Pati nga ngayon sa kolehiyo, may mga naging propesor ako na napagkakamalang ibang kurso ang kinukuha ko.

Aaminin ko, masasabi isang aksidente na napunta ako dito – kumbaga serendipity. Panahon ng pag-apply sa UPCAT, Mayo 2010. Naghahanap ako ng magandang pre-law course. (Gusto ko pang mag-law noon, ewan ko na lang ngayon.) Sabi ng mga tita ko na gradweyt ng Poltical Science sa UPD, huwag ko raw kunin yun dahil masyadong theoretical at analytical. Tinignan ni Mama ang listahan ng mga kurso. Nakita niya ang “BA Public Administration”.

“Tignan mo ito, public. Malapit na yan sa political.”

Pinahanap niya tuloy sa akin ang curriculum ng BAPA. Pahapyaw ko itong binasa. “Ayos naman pala ito eh.” Ginawa ko tuloy first choice ang PA at second choice ang PolSci.

Hindi ko pinagsisishang ginawa ko yun. Maganda naman talaga ang PA, multidisciplinary siya at maraming career choices (tignan ang post na ito ni Kuya Paul Eugenio sa kanyang blog). Pero hindi siya ganoon kakilala, kahit sa loob ng UP Diliman, maliban na lang siguro sa mga shiftee at mga transferreeMay binabalak nga na caravan ang isa sa mga student organization para ipakilala ang PA sa mga incoming seniors na kukuha ng UPCAT at iba pang mga entrance exam.

Pero naniniwala akong hindi muna ito ang dapat gawin. Bago tayo mang-enganyo ng mga taga-labas, hikayatin muna natin ang mga kasalukuyang mag-aaral ng PA na isapuso ang pinakamithiin nito, “ang maglingkod sa sambayanan” at mahalin ang kurso. Oo, mahirap itong gawin, lalo na sa mga napilitan lang kumuha nito – sa mga mag-aaral na parang naging course of last resort ang PA.

Kailangan din nating maipakita na aktibo tayo hindi lang sa loob ng apat na sulok ng ating mga eskwelahan, kundi sa ating lipunan. Marahil ang pinakamahalagang aral na natutunan ko ngayong taon ay ang halaga ng volunteerism – ang paglalaan ng oras, pagod, at panahon sa pagtugon ng mga isyung kinakaharap ng ating bayan. Hindi lang naman nakakulong ang mga mag-aaral ng PA sa gobyerno. Marami rin ang sumasali sa mga non-government organization o NGO.

At sana’y para sa kabutihan ng lahat ang ating ipinaglalaban. Wala rin tayong magiging silbi kung magpapabihag tayo sa bulok na sistema’t mga tradisyon kung saan kaunti lang ang naghahari at nakikinabang.

Saan man tayo nag-aaralundergrad man tayo o graduate student at kahit ang mga nagsipagtapos na, sana’y magsilbi tayong mga kumukuha ng PA bilang sulong magliliwanag sa dilim. Let us pave the way so that others may follow.