Congratulations, you have reached a new milestone in your life! All those hours studying at the library and campus hall, endless days of consulting your professors, sleepless nights spent making a steady stream of papers... they all lead to this very moment, the end of your campus life and the beginning of your entrance to the real world. We get it: you're excited, confused, happy, sad, relieved and afraid at the same time. It's okay! These are normal feelings to have when you're entering a new phase in life.
But as a famous pop song puts it, it's time to cast your fears aside because you know you can survive. Think about it: you wouldn't go this far if you didn't have the goods, would you? As Oprah Winfrey said in her recent graduation speech at Harvard University: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
After all, your 20s is all about trying things out and figuring out what's right for you - and what isn't. It's not about getting it right. It's not about making no mistakes. In fact, it's about making a lot of mistakes and learning from them! Don't be afraid and don't limit yourself. Become friends with people who aren't your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn't the same as yours. Get to know people who do not come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow!
Remember that the real challenge in life is to build a résumé that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it’s a story about who you want to be. It’s a résumé that doesn’t just tell a story about what you want to accomplish but why. A story that’s not just a collection of titles and positions, but a story that’s really about your purpose. Because when you inevitably stumble and find yourself stuck in a hole that is the story that will get you out.
You might have a little anxiety now and hesitation about leaving the comfort of university and putting your credentials to the test. But no matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointments you may encounter along the way, you will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal - there really is only one, and that is this: to fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family and the people around you.
The world is in your hands and you are more than capable to take it on. You will be happy, you will be successful and you will make a difference in the world. We believe in you!
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Filipinos are known for their long holiday celebration. Many traditions and new ways keep this season alive no matter which city or town you go. You won't run out of things to do (but your budget probably will!) when you celebrate the holidays in the Philippines through these activities:
It's this time of the year when massive pop-up year-end bazaar and sale events happen, so go ahead and take advantage of the markdown madness to complete your Christmas gift list.
How many masses have you attended so far? Get up early or spare an hour so you could attend the mass at night because as they say, completing the 9-day or -night series will make a wish come true.
As soon as the holiday season comes, many parks and tourist attractions open Christmas-themed shows that are perfect for all ages. These Instagram-worthy locations are usually free of charge, making them picturesque and cheery venues to gather with your friends and families.
It has been part of the Filipino tradition to gather in groups and sing either classic or remixed tunes as they go from one house to another. Just as long as you know the lyrics to the in-trend Christmas songs, you'll definitely get those coins, or if you're lucky, you'll receive bills from your kind neighbors!
Many Filipinos love merrymaking, so expect most of your December weekends, and sometimes, weekdays too, to blocked off with schedules of parties. It's also a time to meet the newborns or catch up with the relatives who you haven't spoken to for a long time. Make your reunion party more memorable and let SweetEscape photographers turn your moments into beautiful photographs. Special for this holiday season, get 50% OFF on your 2-hour photo shoot, anywhere in Manila.
The Filipino version of Secret Santa is a more exciting and interesting one because gift-giving is done in small batches. Whether the category's something big, something fluffy, something embarrassing, or something naughty, you'll surely go home with a smile on your face because your friend or officemate could surely find a gift to pull that category or theme off!
For some Filipinos, the holiday season means quality time, without the hassle of preparing feasts or organizing parties. Some simply prefer staying in or booking an accommodation where they could all relax and exchange thoughtful gifts after a hearty meal.
To some who've been looking forward to a unique kind of celebration for the holidays, setting off to another country is an option. School or office breaks give them a chance to explore new places, making their holidays a more memorable one.
In times like these, memories are meant to be saved. Especially if you've waited long enough for your family to be complete this holiday season, don't miss the chance to document those moments — let SweetEscape do it for you.
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