Studying. The word itself gives us a notion about it being hard. Even a lot harder is the thought of studying at the same time doing an extra-curricular activity.
Before entering freshmen year, I did not actually see myself joining a student organization. Seeing myself studying at the same time being a member of an organization was not something I considered. But before I knew it, I was a member of the UB Graces Dance Troupe.
Trying to choose between your passion and studying is as hard as breaking a rock with your bare hands. Choosing both was a tough decision to make.
Since freshmen year, I did my studies while doing Graces. It was never easy. Studying for about seven hours a day and then attending rehearsals that last for up to three hours will leave you tired and exhausted. But I couldn’t complain.
Through my scholarship with the Dance Troupe, I was able to help my parents financially. Other scholarships are being offered in the University, such as grants in sports, student assistantship, and academic achievement among others. All these showcase the student’s’ talents and skills while helping them ease their financial burden.
After a long journey in this institution, I am now ready to face another chapter of my life as I can finally walk through the stage with pride, bannering an achievement I never thought I could attain. Graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Marketing Management and Major in Human Resource Development along with being the president of the UB Graces Dance Troupe is really a great pleasure to me. – Mark Lorie Soriano
Mark Lorie Soriano is a senior BSBA – Marketing Management student of the University of Baguio.