graduates are still uncertain about their plans after studying. Some might pursue post-graduate studies, enter law school, get married, or even go abroad. Some of us might even have a change of heart-choice between career A and B.

In the article, it was stated that career experts predict that “an average person will switch careers (not jobs) four to five times over his or her lifetime.” What is important here is to know your passion and to assess your skills.
Since I stepped into my final year in UST’s Journalism program, I realized that it is how you spend your college life honing your skills and knowledge that will determine how wellequipped you are once you get out of the walls of your alma mater. One’s academic standing will be a factor for future employment, but it is the skill—especially when applied in practical situations—that will count big.

Graduating from college is indeed a big achievement, but a greater challenge awaits us outside the portals of the University. There will be no quizzes and exams to deal with, but the years of learning will be put to test.

Graduation is the fulfilment of all the hard work that we had as students and the ticket to achieve our life’s greatest dreams.

To my fellow batch 2012 graduates, congratulations to us for a job well done!


On a side note, when Jenn, our editor in chief, gave us our assignments for this final issue, I felt a bit nostalgic realizing that I am already down to my last semester as an Arts and Letters (Artlets) student.

I remember the time when I received an email from ate Rose- Ann Dioquino, the former editor in chief of the
Flame, about my appointment as one of the associate editors for this publication year.

I was having a snack break in my on-the-job training when I opened my e-mail. The message read, “Attached is a letter personally addressed to you, regarding the
Flame. Do not worry, it is not bad news... (with smiling face in the end)” and the attached document had a filename “Promotion_AE2.” It was really a big surprise because being an editor of this publication never occurred to me. At first I was hesitant to accept the offer given that I am also holding positions in two university-wide organizations.  But as I am writing this column, I can say that I am happy with my decision and it was really worth the risk. Not only that
I learned how to write better as a future media practitioner, but also got a better understanding of the twists and turns of being part of a college publication.

I would like to thank my coeditors, Jenn, Nickky, Cam, Eli, Azer, Angel, Sooey, and Ardi, and our publications adviser, Sir Nestor Cuartero, for the experience of working with people like you. Congratulations for we were able to stand by our goal to “keep the
Flame burning” with the four issues we have published.

To this year’s staff, thank you for your cooperation in making those issues possible. I wish you all the best and may you keep this publication burn even brighter.

To my Tomasinoweb (Tom-Web) family, where I discovered not only my potential as studentleader but also my patience and time management skills, thank you for all the good times, and the bad ones as well. I would not be able to handle my position as president without your help and support. I will surely miss everything in the organization—laughing moments in the organization room, writing project proposals, attending meetings, and organizing events.

To my Becarios de Santo Tomas (BeST) family, thank you for making my college life the BeST experience I had. To my cosenior officers, to our junior and senior trainees, and to our junior officers, thank you for being my “
kapatid” in school during my four-year stay in the organization. Being the public relations officer is not an easy task, but I really had fun doing it.

To the Office for Student Affairs (OSA), thank you for molding me to become a better student through the experience I had as a student volunteer. To Dr. Songco, Ma’am Jo, Sir Allan, Sir Arman, Sir Bunny, Ma’am Aa, Ma’am Thelma, Ma’am Nikki, and Ma’am Len, thank you for being my “
nanay” and “tatay” in the OSA. To my co-scholar volunteers, thank you very much for such a fun working experience.

To the “best girls and boys” that I met in my college life, Krisha, Bea, Bettina, Cha, Bianca D., Bianca O., Denz, Pam, Ashley, Rome, and Peevi, thanks for being my college buddies through its many ups and downs. The laugh-out-loud moments and bonding experiences in the LRT and Tan Yan Kee building will certainly be missed.

To 4JRN3 batch 2012, thanks for all the hilarious classroom moments. For four years, we have seen each other grow, improve, and dream; work on difficult projects such as film making, broadcast news, magazines, and others. I hope we can have more “Wendy’s Baconator Day” in the future.

To my parents and three elder sisters, Ate Precious, Francislyn, and Princess, I am grateful for all your love, understanding, and support in all of my endeavours— both in academics and extra-curricular activities. Most of all, thank you for always believing in my capabilities. All my achievements are for you.

Above everything, all thanks to God for all the blessings He has given me. Thank you for all the talents, skills, and knowledge you have bestowed upon me. The challenges I faced and the achievements I have are all because of You.

With the long list of people that I would like to thank, this page might not be enough. Still, thanks to those who made my college life a memorable one. Wherever life’s journey may lead me to, I surely have good memories to bring along. As Adrien Brody puts it, “This has been an amazing, amazing journey!”
YR 47 Issue 1 2011
Word Class      MARIE ANGELINE M. PAGULAYAN, Associate Editor
OVER the long years of studying from pre-school to college, what can really be in store for us in the real world?

Every year, colleges and universities produce graduates who are willing to make a difference in their respected fields. But with limited opportunities in the industry, landing on one’s “dream job” becomes a major dilemma for fresh graduates.

In the article
So you’ve graduated college...what’s next for you? Eight critical issues facing new grads published in quintcareers. com, its first paragraph says much about life after college:

“Some students see college as a major goal, when in reality it is simply a stepping stone to other future life achievements. Part of the adventure is really figuring out who you are and what you value. For a typical twenty-something, graduating from college is the final move (or leap) into adulthood,” the article stated.

But as  reflected  by    reality, some graduating  students and    even  fresh
What comes next?
Year 47 |  Issue 3 |  2011
Year 47 |  Issue 4 |  2012