An Open Letter to the PUP Freshman

Dear PUP Freshman,

You made it.

You’re finally there, sitting on that chair you almost lost to your fellow desk foragers who seem to be playing a game of musical chairs with everyone else. Despite the terrible heat and unbelievably long commute, you somehow managed to still arrive in one piece. For that alone, you deserve my congratulations.

But, my dear freshie, this is just the beginning.

University life is different. It puts you in your place, pins you down, and changes you. Never have I seen a PUP student go through college without leaving unscathed. In fact, I believe that academic scars are the hallmark of a true isko and iska, and no financial compensation in the world can ever top that.

But do not let the promise of pain deter you, my dear freshman. You have the best years of your life ahead of you. Success is always around the bend–please do not give up until you find it. I’ve learned during my four years in university that PUPians are some of the best people in the world. They’re a genuinely nice crowd with a passion for change like no other. The PUP experience will liberate you from all your fears and misgivings; please do not try and put an end to it. Live in the moment. Cherish it while it’s still there.

Allow PUP to transform you for the better.

College is not a walk in the park, but it’s not all rocks and bumps either. Remember, you are in charge of your life. Your decisions always matter. Make time to have fun, feel free, and meet new people. Try everything in the North, East, and University canteens. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help. Do your best in class–not to impress your professors, but to prove that you are worthy of the Filipino taxpayers’ money. Serve the people and be a light unto the nation.

Congratulations, my dear freshman. Even now, as you hurry to class every single day, unsure of what lies ahead, I salute and honor you. Though we may not know each other, I still believe that you have the true mark of an isko and an iska: perseverance, a thirst for knowledge, and an endless pursuit of excellence.

So stand straight, move forward, and be anything you can be.


Your Ate Iska


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