If you've been accepted to UST, congratulations! Welcome to the pontifical catholic university in the Philippines! Now, it's been almost a year since I've been accepted in this glorious school; I'm going to share some tips for you, freshmen, how to rock your first year, what to do, what not to do, and simply enjoy your stay in UST!
#1: Usually on the first day, the whole class is silent. They're all shy to make the first move. If I were you, say hello to them. You will make friends in no time!
#2: DO NOT, I repeat, do not forget your registration form! It serves as your ID on the first few weeks of school. It's the paper receipt you get once you've enrolled. It has your subjects and schedules written on it.
#3: Always have a 1x1 and 2x2 picture of yourself. The professor usually asks for it.
#4: Be open to join organizations. Either university-wide or in your college, join a club! Don't be afraid to socialize.
#5: Join clubs/organizations, but not TOO many. Prioritize academics first. (unless, you can handle it)
#6: Be not afraid to express yourself. You are now in college, and it's a place of being yourself and letting loose! If people will judge, let 'em hate!
#7: For incoming AB students: if you're an AB student, like myself here, you are in for a treat! We are the college of liberal arts; we express ourselves through everything! Our voices, our protests, and even our hairs! We're known to be too loud, but be proud to be an Artlet!
#8: I know you will love this. Our school events!!! We have one every month, I think? We have dance competitions, singing competitions, pageants, awards night, welcome parties, and of course, PASKUHAN! Attend as much as you want!
#9: If you're lost, don't be afraid to ask directions. Because let's face it, UST is such a big place. On my first week, I got lost and ended up running around in circles. .
#10: There are SOOOOO MAAAANNNYYYY places to eat around UST! Explore and discover! (If you want to know a good place to eat, comment below.)
#11: On your first week, you will experience the Thomasian Welcome Walk. It's a tradition in UST that welcomes the freshmen and they will get to go under the Arc of the Centuries. You will feel the Thomasian feels once you go under and the UST Yellow Jackets are cheering "GO USTe!" Embrace the fact that you're a Thomasian now.
#12: Again on the Thomasian Welcome Walk, you can't really predict the weather. Before my batch, it always rains, but my batch "broke" that curse; we were the first batch to go under the arc without any drop of water. So be ready!
#13: Speaking of unpredictable weather, you need to ALWAYS have your trusted weapons; umbrella, flipflops, and a fan. (optional: sunglasses)
#14: Wear SPF everyday. Unless you want to get the weirdest tan lines; sunscreen is your new best friend.
#15: Be aware when you are commuting along UST. We know the kinds of people nowadays.
#16: One word: CARPARK. It is the place of food, it is where you park your cars, and it is where the AMV College of Accountancy is placed. 3-in-1! (located in front of UST Hospital)
#17: Best place to sleep, library! It's cold inside and it's really quiet.
#18: If you are in a 7am class and you have a deadline on a paper you haven't printed out yet, go to Dapitan. You will see this place called "Cha Dao" near Army Navy. They are open at 6am and they print fast.
#19: DO NOT DATE YOUR BLOCKMATE. Nuff said.
#20. If someone approaches you and says "Hi! Would you like to buy some yemma?" That earthly being is called Ate Yemma. She's a UST graduate of nursing, and now she's taking up Masters in Business Administration in UST too. Talk about loyalty!
#21: Be not afraid to make some friends in other colleges. You can do this by attending events or being involved in an organization.
#22: UST is very diverse when it comes to students. We have rich, we have scholars, we have Catholics, we have born-again Christians, we have Muslims, we have atheists, we have Koreans, we have Iranians, etc! Be open-minded.
#23:As I said before, you will hear the UST Yellow Jackets cheer "GO USTe!" thousands of times and you will not get sick of it. In your Baccalaureate Mass, they will make an appearance and will teach you the UST cheers that is always heard in UAAP games. If you see bald guys with drums, that's them.
#24: In your 1st semester, UST will have an event called "Recruitment 101." That's where the university-wide organizations will be holding their booths. You can sign up and be a member.
#25: TYK means Tan Yan Kee building.
#26: For the AB babies: you will be mistaken as a high school student A LOT because of our uniform. Just suck it up and wait till the IDs are distributed.
#27: For the CTHM baby girls: You will be required to wear high heels. If you're used to wearing heels, good! If not, condolence. Lol just kidding. But you will get tired a lot so bring flats!
#28: For CFAD and Arki babies: You are the kingdom that lives far away from all the natives. But you are neighbors with CTHM and AB upper class men. Try to mingle with other colleges because I have a couple of friends from CFAD and Arki, and they said that they are the loneliest college ever.
#29: Every student needs their books for their subjects. Do not be dismayed that you have to buy an expensive, new book. Go to facebook, and search UST Book Market. There are buyers and sellers there of books needed in the university. Just join the group, look for the books you need, inquire, and meet up with them for a barter. This is safe, I promise you. Just make sure you meet up within the campus.
#30: The Paskuhan Lights are BREATHTAKING!
#31: Lastly, just make the best out of your freshman year as a Thomasian. Be with your friends, have fun, laugh, study well, and good luck. Viva Santo Tomas!
WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS!
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