Tips for UST College of Science freshies
Here again is another blog post about tips and pieces of advice for freshies who know not what to expect on their first days much more to my College of Science babies and also to answer your TAs. ☺
- Classrooms. College of Science owns the 3rd and 4th floor. If for first class is at Room 329. Use the grand staircase(the one facing España) and go to the 3rd floor then turn right(Remember: The floor where the museum is, that isn’t the 2nd floor). If class is at BSL, CAL-1 or CAL-2, it’s at Botanical Garden.
- Registration form. I could not emphasize more on how important this is! As I have said on my previous freshie tips, do not make the wrong first-day impression! College of Science professors take attendance through reg forms very seriously.
- Professors. I am kind of scared to actually mention names but I think it’s best that you guys are prepared for what you are to experience.
Ms. Maureen Sabit, everything she says is important. Really. She is one of those professors who likes to joke around some times and she is also one who gets verrryy serious in giving long, hard, body-aching quizzes. No, reading the whole chapter will never be enough. And also, keep your phones in silent mode. If she hears you, be sure to prepare a song/dance number. (Been a victim twice!)
Mr. Alejandro, he has never been my professor but I have attended one of his talks and he is just amazing! You will be very lucky to be in his presence.
Mr. Richard See, the very popular, from the Math department, Mr. See. He was the reason why only 13 of us, out of 42, remained regular students during our 1st year. He does not care what you do in his class or what you say in his class. But when it comes to grades, he is one tough cookie! (He can still remember me and my friend, Rayn, for a reason you wouldn’t want to know. eheh)
Dra. del Rosario, popularly know as DR and again she is a representative of the Math department. Your current professors? She probably failed them way back 90’s!
- Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. I am in to gore so dissecting didn’t really became a problem. Practice being un- squeamish and always be prepared with your gloves and dissecting kit! Remember, not everyone gets a chance to explore someone or something else’s body. And oh, be ready to prick yourself!
- Study habits. There is really no perfect study habit. Just do study hard. Very hard. Very very very hard. And do not beat yourself up when you get grades lower than expected. No one always gets high grades especially in the College of Science. We get really tired and sometimes we get to a certain point where not studying is the only way to cure our depression. Live a little. But study more. Never tell yourself that you would just do better in the next quiz or major exam because this will never do! Starting from your first quiz, do well. Heck, do great!
- Dean’s lister. Our grades in the college of Science should be taken differently. A 3.0 isn’t as good as a 1.75 of other programs, I guarantee you! When your friends from other programs are too noisy about being DL, be more proud that you passed all your subjects. Remember, ONLY in the College of Science do Dean’s Listers have to have an average grade of 1.75 and below and two flat 1.0 excluding PE.
- We will give you time to have fun. Actually, we do fun differently here. Other college’s celebrate their college week wearing civilian, having no classes for a week, fireworks display and concerts and etc. We celebrate our college day with 1 day of wearing civilian and having no classes(which sometimes doesn’t pursue because some professors would still insist on meeting you), a day for viewing thesis reports posted around the 3rd floor hallway and long quizzes! But really, we aren’t that boring. Don’t trust me? Here’s a picture of one of the best College of Science celebrations: Variety Show
Here’s our beloved College of Science Dean Nonato
Here’s Dr. Litao, College of Science secretary and also an English professor
In the photo: Prof. Maribel G. Nonato, Ph.D (dean), Prof. John Donnie A. Ramos, Ph.D. (assistant dean), Assoc. Prof. Rodrigo A. Litao, Ph.D.(secretary), Prof. Carmen Alviar, Ph.D and the famous Ma’am Beth.
Are you now excited for College of Science?