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August is the Competition Season for UP Organizational Communication Seniors and the rest of the students in the very broad fields of business and/or communication. Several organizations have opened their doors to welcome fresh ideas that would spearhead change for our nation – very timely for the May 2010 Elections.

  • MarkProfMarkProf Foundation, IncEvery year, the Markprof Foundation searches for the twenty-five most promising graduating college-level students who want to pursue careers in the fields of Marketing and Sales. The screening process includes business simulations, interviews, and case studies to choose the lucky few who would then proceed to a two-month long Marketing Bootcamp to learn from CEOs and Presidents of top companies across industries.

We Organizational Communication Seniors had compromised our part-time jobs, health and other academic responsibilities in order to pursue that elusive ‘First Place’ crown for us and our institution. Mind you, that was BY CHOICE and not BY FORCE. Imagine the frustration of everyone with the results of the competitions. And by the way, YES, I am being purposely vague. 😛

However, I have not gone home empty-handed. I had taken with me lessons learned, nuggets of wisdom,  realizations and just plain reminders. Here are SOME of them:

  • Starting early on and not cramming does not guarantee success. I had always been a crammer (I’m still working my way out of that ‘title’) and when I fail, I always thought that if I had worked on something earlier, I would have gotten better results. This is one of the few instances that I started early. However, this doesn’t mean that we should always cram instead. Still NO TO CRAMMING. 😛
  • We definitely knew that it’s not manner over matter. However, it’s not matter over manner, either. It’s matter AND manner. ‘Nuff said.
  • The Background/Need/Rationale is just as important as the Strategies and Tactics. Extreme caution is necessary.
  • Rehearsals and run-throughs are not just preferable, but NECESSARY.
  • Extra-curricular activities are called EXTRA for a reason. Some things are just not worth the effort and the sacrifice.

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Remembering my first days as an Organizational Communication student in UP Manila, I’m surprised at how far we’ve come. From being hesitant and unimpressed freshies who could only think of shifting, we’ve become–as many of my batchmates would say–ORCOMIZED.

OrCom IS my first choice in my college application. I’ve lived as a sheltered only daughter  in the southern part of Manila all my life and I wanted to break free of that and live in a dorm, or any other alternative. My plan was to choose a course involved in business, education, information technology or mass communication in UP Diliman. However, my parents would have none of it. UPD was too dangerous for me, they said. So my choices were limited to those in UP Manila. And being the Health Sciences Center of the whole UP System, most of the courses were medical. NO WAY. So I had to choose one of the few non-medical courses in the university.  This resulted in a very smooth college application.

From the beginning, I set myself to love OrCom. Since it was a communication course, I thought that was easy to do. I was clay ready to be formed in the OrCom mold. However, not all of my fellow OrCom students thought the same.

Almost every OrCom student (fellow freshies, of course) I met back then from the enrollment period to freshman and department orientation would say one or two of the following:

  • Organizational Communication wasn’t their first choice for a degree program. They applied for *INSERT DEGREE PROGRAM HERE* at *INSERT UP CAMPUS HERE.* For some reason (usually UPCAT results), they weren’t accepted into their first choice and after the excruiating process of appealing to the registrar and reconsideration, OrCom was the university’s choice for them.
  • This is my dialogue: Communication Arts or Mass Communication was their first choice. And because those programs are overbooked, OrCom seemed to be a good compromise. After all, it still has the ‘Communication’ tag in it. 😛
  • They just wanted to get into any University of the Philippines campus. So, they chose a course that isn’t very popular and with little competition for available slots. And it’s true, OrCom really isn’t that popular though it is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the university this year.
  • They would work hard to get above average grades for their first year so that they would be ‘eligible’ for shifting to another course more suitable for them.

Well, I couldn’t really blame them. It’s very difficult to work in or for something you don’t love. And during the first year, it was. When the various plans failed, we had to live with OrCom. We had to accept it. I remember thinking that if at the onset, we had bad attitudes on the course, how was it supposed to work?




Three years passed.

We’re on our last year. And looking at us, you wouldn’t even know that we complained at the beginning. Not only have we accepted OrCom, we thrived in it. Once we realized the numerous career opportunities, the diversity of it and the culture of its members–there was no going back.

But let’s leave that for my next posts. Right now, I just want to encourage you to adapt the right attitude.

You could be an OrCom freshie, by choice or by circumstance.  We’re in June, the beginning of the school year and this is what’s happening around you now.  If you’ve got plans to shift, I’m not one to stop you. But at least research and try to understand what OrCom is before making hasty decisions. If you find that it’s really not for you, go ahead. If you plan to stick around and still have doubts, have faith in OrCom. It couldn’t have survived any university’s bureaucratic processes and become a degree program/course if it was lousy.

Perhaps you’re a high school student considering OrCom as a course in college. Well, I’ve given you a glimpse of what you’ll first experience. Read my next posts (wait for it, there will be :P) or click here for other insights on it. It will lead you to my page with other blogs on OrCom. If you want some basic questions answered, click here.

You may be a fellow OrCom senior or even an OrCom alumni who stumbled here by accident or by requirement. You’ve gone through what I’m talking about–all the whining and complaining we used to do and the uncertainty of our future. We’ve matured out of it and experiencing the ‘benefits’ of having it on our resume. Well, I wish us all luck in our future endeavors!


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This site features my thoughts, experiences, emotions as I further explore the world of Organizational Communication, my chosen path in the University of the Philippines Manila.

Let me warn you, I’m not really a blogger. Posts in my personal blog are months apart. I have to squeeze this out of me. But I’ll definitely post stuff worth reading — wah! pressure!

After a while of doing this, I hope that it would come naturally.

It should. 😛

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