On my last entry in 2015, I wrote about how I didn’t know what to do after college. After experiencing the actual work that goes into Journalism and Cinema, I realized that those fields are not for me.
It’s 2017 now. I am happy to say that I am graduating with honors this month. I never thought that I would be eligible to be honored Cum Laude because of the Cs (2.00) I got in PE classes. I haven’t seen my cumulative General Weighted Average (GWA) yet so I’m not sure about the final tally of my labor. Again, I go back to what I said in my last entry that grades are quantitative measures of my knowledge. I don’t know what that will do to help me in the future. For now, I just see the Latin honor and the GWA as a “wow factor” on my resume.
As the title of this entry says, I have somewhat defined what I plan to do after college. My career goal started to form a picture in my junior year when I took an interest in Research. What started out as a mere requirement for my undergraduate thesis on the representation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) turned into a genuine fascination with disability discourse and portrayals in media. Later in senior year when my group defended our thesis, I found myself speaking as an advocate for PWDs more than a college student. My mentor was right when he said that personal interest and advocacy can inspire good research because having those are motivations on their own to pursue the subject. When I got to the last semester of senior year, I had a course called Development Communication. Upon reading the syllabus, I was surprised to see that it was like what international organizations do to help developing countries. I never thought that we would tackle this in Communication so I really looked forward to it. Driven by personal interest and advocacy, I excelled in this course while others bled to survive. My professor once asked me if I was ever offended by apathetic classmates. I told her that I used to be but I knew that their apathy comes from a place of ignorance. You can’t truly care if you don’t really know.
Well, at least that’s the way I see it.
Anyway, Research and Development Communication became my favorite courses in college. Those inspired me to aim for a career in the United Nations (UN). I know that the Philippines is still far from reaching the Sustainable Development Goals but I hope that we can do something for at least one of the items on the agenda: quality education.
I dream of seeing all PWDs get access to quality education. If PWDs knew what I knew now, then perhaps that could also help get them out of the disabling environment that prevents them from developing and realizing their full potential. I also want all PWDs to become aware of their rights and privileges. Yes, charity can help but education can empower. I believe that the whole concept of empowering through education should involve developing their character and boosting their moral. As the UN advocates, there should be a “person first” approach in defining disability. It basically means that we should acknowledge them as persons and should not define them with their disability.
I have yet to define my specific career goal but I now I know where I want to be. For now, I hope to take languages courses and get a job at a non-profit organization after graduation. Hopefully it will lead me to the UN.
Watch me face my biggest fear of public speaking by delivering the valedictory address at the 89th Commencement Exercises. I heard a rumor that it was going to be live on Facebook. God help me.