elbi students

Here’s a toast and roast to UP students in Los BaΓ±os (the ones I’ve handled, at least) who are worth the stay for about four years now in the University of the Philippines:

1. Elbi students’ fashion sense is extreme. In one room, you could see the typical maong and shirt/blouse, as well as shorts and sleeveless, but sometimes there are also cardigans and ties, flats and stilettos, sarong and malong, animΓ© costume and “SpeechCom costume” (smart casual or semi-formal), party dress, summer dress, and ‘cross-dress’. πŸ™‚

2. Some nurse an attitude problem. It is a fact that students talk about their professors–but sometimes, they mimic–if not parody–teachers too. πŸ˜‰ Why is this worth the stay? Mimicry is the best flattery. πŸ™‚

3. They love to hug and touch. Many studes shake hands and kiss or beso-beso because of organizations, fraternities, sorrorities, and other affiliations, but they can go an extra mile farther.

One Valentine’s Day I asked my classes to stand and hug each other (there’s a discussion-synthesis after that activity, of course), they agreed, without further ado. Another time: I jokingly asked a crying student if he needs a hug, he gave me one. Other times: when they feel like hugging me after not seeing me for a long while, they share human touch. πŸ˜€ If they can’t do this physically, they do it electronically (I’m talking about e-mails and blogs).

The best way of “touching” an English teacher, though, is whenever students do their work diligently and in good taste (This is the time I go “Gad, they were listening all along! πŸ˜€ ).

4. These guys know their strengths and weaknesses. If they’re on the danger side of their studies, they drop the course; if they’re winning the battle, they stay; if they’re totally clueless about their standing and are afraid to face the hurtful truth, they disappear from the face of the earth, then show up after five million years like a boyfriend who asked for space, still remembering you, asking “What happened… Can I have another chance?”

5. Math geeks, science geniuses, and engineering nerds have something more than handsome brains. Majority of the 10,000 plus students in UPLB are Bachelors of Science. Insightful comments would usually come from them–that’s 10,000 pogi/ganda points. And when their serious faces crack for a rare smile, it’s like witnessing sunrise at the first dawn of the century, another 10,000 points!

Seeing Beauty stare at me early in the morning or late in the afternoon is one hell of a reason to love my job, while getting paid for it.

Happy centennial, UPLB. mabuhay kayo.

iskolar ng bayan: palaban, makabayan, matatalino, lumalaban kahit kanino, may itsura pa. πŸ˜€

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Elacyte
13 years ago

haha. ma’am, iba nga ang fashion sa campus. kahit anong get-up mo, sala man sa init o lamig, kahit hindi bagay sayo, o magmukha ka nang ewan dahil “required”, eh hindi ka pagtatawanan. tanggap na tanggap sa kultura ng UPLB. hahaha. iba eh! iba talaga. πŸ˜€

ai
ai
11 years ago
Reply to  Elacyte

tama!

michael
michael
13 years ago

hmmp..that’s why UP people are so special compared to others..

aimac
13 years ago

extra special indeed, that’s why “I love my elbi life” (but hey don’t let that get into your head and blow up your ego)

patti
patti
13 years ago

wow…the dude I know very much would rub #5 in my face…haha! XD

ai
ai
11 years ago
Reply to  patti

love them.

Aids. Aids. Aids.
13 years ago

pwede bang isali sa fashion sense yung hindi ganung kadaling madistinguish kung sino ang teacher at hindi? kasi napagkamalan na ako eh. . . and you could pass for a student anytime. . . diba?? πŸ™‚

ai
ai
11 years ago

you’re right. teachers and students’ attire mix up.

charles...
charles...
13 years ago

hehe… speechcom attire. madalas naming asarin mga classmates naming may spcm and nakaganyang attire … πŸ™‚

ai
ai
11 years ago
Reply to  charles...

πŸ™‚

JRS
JRS
13 years ago

Seeing Beauty stare at me early in the morning or late in the afternoon is one hell of a reason to love my job, while getting paid for it. >>> I love this! πŸ™‚ Yay!

iskolar ng bayan: palaban, makabayan, matatalino, lumalaban kahit kanino, may itsura pa. >>> I love this more!!! eto ang hirit! hahahahaha!!! ansaya!

ai
ai
11 years ago
Reply to  JRS

πŸ˜€ haha

hazel [ache]
hazel [ache]
13 years ago

“One Valentine

aimac
13 years ago

πŸ˜€

some.sam
13 years ago

hear, hear ma’am!

nakakatuwa naman po blog n’yo. πŸ˜€
tandang-tanda ko pa po kung paano ako na-‘initiate’ sa extreme fashion ng eLBi… noong NF pa lang ako, may nakasalubong akong girl sa may math building na naka-pantulog! as in naka-pyjamas pa s’ya. hehe :p coool!

maby-mab-mab
13 years ago

hello, lola! hahaha. πŸ˜€

absent ako nung nipa-hug mo classmates sa class, di ko tuloy nayakap si crush. Sinadya mo yun no, wahahah. πŸ˜€

di pa ulit kita nakikita pero I’m giving you the permission na batukan ako pag nag-krus ang ating mga landas lololols!
πŸ˜€

cheers lola!

man
man
13 years ago

mam ai! nagbo-blog ka din pala. amusing and intellegent ng mga posts. lilink kita sa blog ko ha!

kM
kM
13 years ago

nice.
well said.
miss you mamsie ai.
*hug*

nelson
13 years ago

hindi mo ako naging estudyante (malamang) pero pinagawa mo sa ‘min yung hug exercise sa JST dati. problema lang e hindi ako fan ng human touch. πŸ˜€

at kaya kong gayahin ang tawa mo. sayang.

fmae
fmae
13 years ago

galing!
hahaha
πŸ™‚

Manilyn
Manilyn
13 years ago

whaha..nakakatuwa un article,uplb na uplb…walang pakialaman,baduy ka man o hindi..

kevin
kevin
13 years ago

hahaha..oo nga maam everyone is allowed to make their own “fashion statement”.hahaha
kahit tirik na tirik ang araw may scarf and jacket parin..
hahaha…
sabi nga nila “walang pakialamanan”

nice article

fred
fred
13 years ago

One Valentine

aimac
13 years ago

hi fred! thanks for dropping by! yeah, Im smiling again. πŸ™‚

lyka
lyka
13 years ago

nyay! may idea n q for 14’s activity! oh noh! haha!
πŸ˜›

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

Aylaburblog! Hehe. Sorry naman kung ngayon lang napadaan. Pramis, dadalasan ko na pagdalaw dito. πŸ˜€

aimac
13 years ago

πŸ™‚ despite your busy job? Thanks, kate!

kristian
kristian
13 years ago

One Valentine

Maryvynne
Maryvynne
13 years ago

One Valentine

Joana Urbano
Joana Urbano
11 years ago

ma’am ai!nag-free hugs din tayo nung batch namin!haha.. πŸ˜€

ai
ai
11 years ago
Reply to  Joana Urbano

yeah we did! haha


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