This is my second analyses of the candidates. In the previous essay, I did it in random order. Now, I rate it from my least preferred candidate to the candidate I would vote for.
So, here goes...
The loss the previous year in acoustic rendition left a bitter taste in my mouth. I had already won a “master of strings”, and for that year, I wanted to concentrate on the acoustic rendition. This time, I was the “captain.” Thus, I had free reign of choosing the song and the appropriate musicians.
Of course we won. No way would we lose with such brilliant teamwork of musicians. It was perfect from start to finish. With the violin as the “X-factor” and Gra’s voice beautifully silences the crowd. I loved that performance. It is a pity I did not record it.
Failing my first course (BS Accountancy), I shifted to the new course of the college: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Financial Management. And in that year, my third in college and my first in my new course, I got my first academic honor since my third grade. The taste of an Academic Scholarship was so sweet, not only because I got some refund of the tuition, but because I never thought I would ever have an academic honor in college. The feeling was nice. I never ever expected to experience having a medal hanged around my neck in a recognition day.
The story of this medal is simple: this medal gave me a “glimpse” of an “impossible” dream, that though I desire it, it seems still distant to think of yet.
I christened our team as “Team Rabat.” “Rabat” is a word in some parts of Bicol which means fluke. It was our joke that we would win quiz bowls by “stroke of luck” answers. Nonetheless, I assembled this team for the quiz bowl for the Management Days of the previous year. I pick Jessie, for the “numbers”, and Gens, for the “words”, to join me, the ultimate “King of Analysis and Irrelevant Facts” (hahahaha! To Jess and Gens: you have to admit, though, I am the ace, and I make 60%-90% of our answers). They serve as my “sounding boards”, to bounce out ideas or rationalization before I make an “instinctive” analyzed guess if we don’t know the answer to a question. We actually make a good team, since we won our first quiz bowl together during the Management Days, and were rewarded a cash prize.
In the previous year, I got an Academic Scholar award during recognition day, this time, though it was the same type of medal, it was a Dean’s Lister award, after being an Academic Scholar for both semesters of the school year. So, in my entire stay in college I get to be a three-time Academic Scholar (which also means I had refunded 50% or 75% of the tuition fee each semester three times), with the latter two making it possible for me to become Dean’s Lister.
By this time, when I got this medal, I was now greatly praying for that ultimate prize, the “impossible” dream. And that is, to graduate “Cum Laude.”
This medal is the “King of All Medals.” This medal alone outweighs all the previous medals put together. Great was the joy I felt when I got it.
These medals (especially the cum laude medal), and the honors they represent, are only temporary. All honors and favors that bring me temporary joy, are only “glimpses” of the Ultimate Medal of True Honor and Unspeakable Joy that can be found solely in the Giver of these gifts.