Reflection Essay

          It has been months since the start of my collegiate days. Coming from the province and being away from my comfort zone, I thought it will be harder for me to adapt to the challenges that we will be facing. But then, I was wrong.

          When I saw ENGLCOM in my Enrollment Assessment Form, I immediately thought about English Writing. I thought they would teach us the english grammar rules like they teach in high school, but then again, I was wrong. We we were thought how to write–how to really write, i.e., justifying with right evidences, citing correct sources, writing with parallel tone and emotion, etc. But then again, I am not studying in an ordinary university. I am studying in De La Salle University.

          Like most students, I had problems with correct grammar and proper organization.  These were clarified after the peer evaluation of essays, as my block mates gave suggestions and criticisms. Some are then screened by our professor as she checked our draft. I felt like I was really learning because my mistakes were corrected. My problems with the essay’s content lie on myself. I must learn how to connect my thoughts more and convert them into words and sentences. 

          My score in my entry essay was higher than my exit essay. It was maybe because I was not in the mood when I wrote my exit essay or I had recently read a good novel before I wrote my entry essay. Our mood affects what we write because it is somehow, the soul of writing. But then again, I think I improved a lot in writing because I learned how to condense my thoughts to words properly and organically.

          What I learned in ENGLCOM is not just about academic writing and reading. It is not only about writing organically and systematically and citing sources in correct APA Citation Format. I learned how to think quickly as our professor gives us only the whole period to sum up our ideas and write them on the yellow paper. It is beyond the scope of the syllabus and the course’s objective. My mind expanded through several articles our professor had given us.  Moreover, it expanded through several interactions with my colleagues whenever there was a group activity. 

           My classmates and professors did not only help me adapt to the changes I had encountered back then. At that time frame, they also helped me to become a better individual. 

Church vs. Government

Source: Fonbuena, C.  (2013). Pinoys trust the Church more than gov’t. Rappler. Retrieved from http://www.rappler.com/nation/22718-pinoys-trust-the-church-more-than-government

Summary:

          This article is about the trust rating of the people to the church, government, media, office of the president, etc. It also showed the It also showed the statistics among the respondents (general public and informed public) about how important they see the Church-state separation. According to statistics, the people trust the church more than the government.

Reflection:

          The article was posted in Rappler, a famous social news network in the Philippines. It is based on the Philippine Trust Index and the survey EON stakeholder Relations and Ateneo Graduate School of Business conducted.

          The technique that attracted my attention is the statistics regarding the topic. While searching for the right source for my MLE, I became curious about what my fellow countrymen feel about the church and the government. The statistics somehow showed the perception and emotion of Filipinos regarding the issue.

          I feel somehow happy about this issue. In the article, it said that people’s trust for the government officials dramatically improved. This portrayed that the people could feel the action that the government does in order for this country to improve or to have change.

          Other people might understand the topic as simply a report of the trust ratings of Filipinos among different issues. What I saw different in this topic was the emotion of Filipinos behind all of the said issues. I saw that they have a strong faith, because the church led the trust ratings; that they do not believe in the government for what they are doing, because the trust rating was very low; and, that some of them are apathetic about the separation of the Church and state, because less than half believed that the issue is important.

          The points of view that is represented in the article is how these statistics are instructive in the way that they guide us on thinking and building trust and reputation as oneself and how people’s trust is an important factor for institutions to pay attention to.

          The Church vs. Government issue will be as it is in the long run, because many Filipinos are apathetic and are not aware about the said issue. In order for the issue to be solved, we must first disclose this to all Filipinos and gather all their insights and thoughts to make the solution unbiased. This message is being sent because these statistics are informative in a way that they provoke us to do an action. We should be aware about what our fellowmen feel about the Government vs. Church issue because we are a country, as a whole. It doesn’t matter what your religion is. We are a very diverse country in terms of religion. What matters is that we must be aware about the country’s issues and problems.

Media Log Entry

Breaking the Indestructible Wall

          “To lessen poverty, one must have a strong and dedicated regime.”

          Most people always blame the government for some of its members and officials practice graft and corruption. Some people even generalize that the government, as a whole system, is corrupt. Being reminded of this whole incident, a question always catch my mind: “What did the government do that have led to the distrust of its people?”

          In the busy street outside our university, two kinds of people are easily identified–namely, the rich, who complains about the traffic jam with their shiny cars, and the poor, who basically has nothing. Both are separated by an indestructible wall. The latter lives beside the former’s skyscrapers and tall condominiums, never complaining about the adversities they fail to see in life.

          People cannot let a wall stand tall among these two people. The problem with the government is that they actually live on top of the wall, observing, but never acting to destroy the forsaken wall. They always been the observer of the poor’s never-ending sad smiles. They are building walls instead of bridges. 

          With the cooperation of everyone, people can easily lessen the severe effects of poverty. The government has done nothing to retain the people’s trust. However, the government is not the sole mover of the desired change. People must move along the curve with the government to ascend the poor and build a graphic equality. Moreover, they must not blame anyone and rather, just discipline themselves. With this, the walls can easily be broken and be turned into bridges.

 

 

Exit Essay

A Legal Purge

            Roughly, in every two and a half seconds, an innocent life is deprived of seeing the context of the relenting world ever since the legalization and practice of abortion. As this mass illicit murder continues, people may develop a mental disposition beyond the limitations of their morality and conscience. Abortion should not be held as legal and should not be done by anyone because it is immoral, it is unsafe, and moreover, it promotes a huge sense of irresponsibility

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A Conic World

           Everyday, I walk a kilometer to go to my university. By observing the vignette of the grimy alleys, boisterous community, and the lonely river I always see, a certain idea comes into my mind, making my eyes widen their limited panoramic view of life. Images of contradicting smiles of the children, which remind me of the Great Sphinx and that of a mother, giving birth to her first born child, bug my mind and bash me with series of questions I can’t seem to ponder. “Why are their teeth and eyes paradoxical?” 

            It seems quite inconclusive to say that they are happy, at the same time, sad about life. Beside them are the tallest skyscrapers and the most luxurious condominiums owned and lived by the nation’s richest businessmen, politicians, and elites.

            It is relieving to know that our modern world is not under the caste system anymore. But then again, the system is still with us, intoxicating our consciousness with no other than precious green paper that we produce for greed and power. There will always be the rich and the poor–the former, succeeding and sitting on their cushioned chairs and the latter, suffering and facing the consequences of the sins our early ancestors had made.

            Our world is not a sphere, but a cone. There is always the topmost, the middle and the lowest. It does not circulate like a wheel, but it does rotate like a cone. The lowest will always carry the burden of those above it.

Conic world- Google search. Retrieved from http://www.progonos.com/furuti/MapProj/Normal/ProjCon/ProjConNP/Img/mp_Albers-s75-a90-b-18.41666-z-10.png

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