This might have been the greatest lesson that I learned from my three years in the University’s official student publication.

People who had known me before I became part of the Varsitarian could have easily said that I was a person who had a huge ego and had so much trouble caring for others.

I was a person who was not always welcoming of other persons, who always went on his own, and who was afraid of getting out of his comfort zone.

I was like a seed that was covered with a thick hard shell—closed to possibilities and ignorant of how to grow.

When I was accepted in the “V” back in 2013, all I wanted to do was to write articles just so I could see my name in the by-line.

I have to admit that, at first, everything that I did for the V, I did for myself.

But as time went by, I realized that being given credit for what I did was not the true purpose of writing for the campus organ.

I realized that I was not the only one who could write well because there were a lot of better writers in the publication.

Most importantly, I have realized that I am in the V not to impress others but to serve the Thomasian community.

So then, I started to focus on my work and not myself. I started writing not for my name to be published in the paper but to share something useful to the Thomasians.

At that point, I learned to care for others more than myself. The V taught me to break down my barriers and let other people in my life.

When I was promoted as one of the News editors in 2014, my love for the publication grew even deeper.

Right then I knew that I need to step up and do things selflessly. I needed to lead and share my experiences to my writers in order for them to grow the same way I did.

And when I was finally promoted as the editor in chief for the P.Y. 2015-2016, I became even more selfless.

Leading the V was not an easy job, especially since I was studying law. I made several sacrifices in my studies just to fulfill my responsibilities in the publication.

This was when I knew that my love for the V was true. I did not mind not sleeping just to finish an edition—all for the service of my fellow Thomasians. I did not mind giving second chances to my staff even if they made mistakes over and over again. I did not mind giving most of my time for the V even if it meant that I would have less time for study.

My stay at the V was definitely challenging; it made me a much better person. It made me stronger, more understanding, and more humble.

It made me even more ready to face tougher challenges that life has to offer.

Truly, when a seed is planted in rich soil, it will outgrow its shell no matter how hard and thick it is, and eventually spread its roots and grow into its full potential.

Undoubtedly, the V has been a rich training ground for every seed planted upon its soil. The V had created a majestic garden composed of amazing writers and professionals throughout the years.


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