Cabael, Elsa M.

Post by Jerwin M. Lasin | Date: 9/13/2007 1:35:32 PM

Being a FSLE Scholar is a range experience. I am very grateful that I was selected as a FSLE Scholar. Before being selected as a scholar, I felt college would be possible, but with its share of obstacles. Now, I have been given the opportunity to pursue my goals and make them a reality with fewer obstacles. I know FSLE is not just guiding me through college, but he is also guiding the hundreds of other FSLE Scholars through their college experience. He has given all the scholars the opportunity to make a difference in our lives, as well as the lives of others. You can only experience college once, so you have to make the most of it. One aspect of the college that I enjoy the most is learning how to adjust to having so much independence. The aspect of independence gives me the opportunity to choose my own classes and become involved in the community. I would have to say the greatest challenge is learning how to manage my time. In my third year of college, I still have the urge to procrastinate. Procrastination is not a good skill to perfect. There is a lot of work involve in college, such as classes and outside engagements. Time management is important.

My advice to future applicants would be to know that time is key because the application process is over a two-year period consisting of beneficial meetings and workshops. Applying to become a scholar is not a simple process because the FSLE is looking for students who exemplify what Bro. Rafe wanted in a college student: commitment to the community and to their education.

I literally work tirelessly in many academic and leadership roles. I sleep no more then six hours a night because of my desire to expertly meet my many commitments. Throughout my life, I have worked as long as and as hard as I possibly can to effect beneficial changes in both school and society. Clearly, I have devoted my life both to working to better myself and to improving civilization as a whole. Throughout the rest of my life, I hope to continue in this same manner of unselfish work. In keeping with my belief that individuals develop strong principles and ideology.

I find very little as satisfying as filling a blank page with words--- creating from nothing an elegant opinion piece that illuminates some quirk of college life, or induces my readers to consider an issue or position that they had ignored until then.

Because of my wide range of interest, I have not yet decided what career path to follow in the future. In the short run, I hope to study abroad for a year, in the process immersing myself in another culture, and deepening my personal and academic understanding of international affairs. After studying abroad, my options would include working for a nonprofit organization, entering the corporate world, and attending medical school. In the long run, I envision for myself a career straddling the highest levels of international relations, politics and business. I could achieve this admittedly ambitious goal by advancing within a nonprofit group, think tank, or major international company. Perhaps most appealingly, I could also achieve this goal by entering public service and obtaining a player myself in the real-life game.

I remember very clearly walking down the hill on my graduation. It was exciting and scary all at same time. I glanced at my friend next to me and smiled nervously, feeling as if the moment I left the school grounds for the last time, I would be stepping out of a security zone. College was the next chapter of my life, and all summer this surreal concept never actually registered for me. Until I got there.

After the farewell dinners and tearful goodbye to my friends from home, I was in the car on the way to my designated school. The drive made me anxious, as I wondered what to expect when I got there and as I tried to grasp the fact that my parents were leaving me there for 2 months. I had no idea what was to come until the experience started becoming my own. (past forward experience what I will be graduated this march . hehehehe….hay)

The beginning of college introduces the idea of orientation to the anxious student. Basically, you are assigned to a group where you get to know each other and play a bunch of ridiculous games in the process. You sing songs and go to informational as well as entertaining events. During this three to seven day period, you will probably think “Wow, college is amazing. I lay out on the grass all day, hang out with new people from all over, and have absolutely no work to do.” It will feel like you’re in summer camp, until classes start.

While I was in high school, I remember thinking that college work would consist of 48 page theses and impossible research papers on obscure topics. As it was, none of this was part of my academic curriculum. I had homework and papers just as I did in high school, although truth be told, I would up reading a lot more material that I had to previously. The best thing about being in this new academic environment was that I was in this liberating atmosphere where I was allowed to call the shots. If I wanted to meet up with someone after class instead of returning to my dorm to do my homework, I could, If I wanted to do my homework outside under a tree, it was no problem. Personally, this was extremely helpful for me, as I was a lot more focused and a lot happier as opposed to sitting in a classroom for six ands a half hours. Some professors would come in with jeans on, and most of them talk to you as if you are their equal. A lot of them are really interesting too. The theme of independence did not stop at the academic front. Every weekend I had the ability to do whatever I wanted. I did not have to come home at a specific time or report to some authority figure where I was going. The school held plenty of events for us to attend, whether it was a concert, a dance or a stand-up comic, but there are several other things to do off-campus, if you want to shop or get a good meal if there’s one thing you might pick up from school, it is that the dinning hall does not serve delicacies and you will appreciate home-cooking more than you ever did in your life. If none of this appeals to you, you will have no trouble finding a party on campus.

One thing I learned was that it is most definitely a good idea to join clubs. This way you can meet people who have similar interests and it will make the process of finding new friends a little easier. Most probably though, you will bond with your dorm mates and find that there a fair share of cool people in your building. But just because you make friends with people in your building, does not mean you will be friendly with your roommate.

It the beginning of the year, my roommate and I were not very compatible. She would turn on the heat in 80 degree weather and talk to herself constantly. Despite the fact that we had our differences in the beginning, my roommate and I wound up being good friends. There are plenty of stories where roommates love each other, hate each other, or tolerate each other. In the end, you only have be in the room with them when you are going to sleep and next year you can choose whoever you want to room with.

To be honest, college can be an overwhelming transition. It is much different than high school, but it is not the end of the world. Inevitably, you will adjust, and you’ll probably love it in the end. As a friend of mine once described it, it is like a “four year fantasy camp.” Ultimately, though, college is what you make of it. And being a scholar I’m proud that I’m part of the Foundation of Sharing Lasallian Education (FSLE) … I’m so much thankful to those support and help me, greatly to Bro. Rafe…