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Since my organization, the UPLB Economics Society will be having its orientation on the 21st, I figured I should at least tell you about us.
Let’s start from the very beginning. Why did I join ECONSOC?
Well, for starters, we aren’t allowed to join any organizations until we reach our second year in the university and here’s a fun fact: I wasn’t planning to join any anyway. But then on the second week of classes, we were bombarded with orientation teasers of different organizations from our college. My roommate Belle and I then started to become curious so we decided to attend one. We were only going to attend anyway, right? No need to join. Plus, who wouldn’t want free dinner?
So anyway, Belle and I came with my other Econ major friends Sam and Jamie (who then later joined a different organization… but that’s a different story). At first, we got kind of bored but when the members started to tell their own stories about how the organization changed their life… well, I couldn’t help but think twice about joining.
Long story short, Belle and I joined along with my 21 other batchmates. I’m not allowed to tell anyone about the process we went through but it was surely unforgettable! Definitely worth it.
Second question. What changed when I joined ECONSOC?
It was overwhelming. I got to experience so much— heading and being part of different kinds of activities, forming new ties with my brods and sisses, meeting people from the corporate world (also my brods and sisses), changing my study habits, learning to manage my time well, viewing the world in a mature way, and so much more!
Being in the university (even if you already have friends from highschool) can be tough and I believe it got better for me because of my organization. I’m not saying that it’s all positive. At some point in my two years of being a part of ECONSOC, I got lost… I got into fights and misunderstandings with my friends from spending so much time with my orgmates. They claimed I’ve already forgotten about them and that was the harsh truth. I got too overwhelmed. Things got better though after a semester. I realized it was just an issue of time and self-management.
Lastly, did it make me happy?
Hell yes, it did! Going to that orientation for the free dinner on that fateful night was one of the best decisions I’ve had all my life and I will never ever regret it.