Connection. It came from the root word ‘connect’ and according to Merriam-Webster, ‘connect’ means ‘to become joined’ and ‘to have or establish a rapport.’ But for me, connection means more than that. It is not just the rapport established or the joining of something. When you find that connection, no words can describe the depth of feeling you feel. The connection is not just for two persons only. In my case, I have a deep connection with our second-year high school section – II-Responsibility.
It has been and will always be my favorite section because there has been a lot of ups and downs throughout the entire school year.
As a student, I would always want something fun out of a regular school day. I tend to get bored quickly. Being with them removes the word ‘bored’ in my vocabulary. I always joke with them, laugh with them, and of course, cry with them. It might be a little too cheesy, but I love them, and they will always have a special place in my heart. Almost all of my classmates from high school were also my classmate since I was in elementary, so that also adds to the ‘connection’ I was saying.
Our school does competitions between sections so our section will always be competitive. For our United Nations, our country was Italy. Of course, being the competitive section, we went all out in decorating our classroom. From the floor to the walls, we got it all covered to capture that Italian vibe. We even made our version of Leaning Tower of Pisa!
Since our section loves to go all out, for our Christmas Party, we covered our classroom with everything Christmas. For our walls, we put almost 30 presents made out of felt paper. In those presents were our solo pictures (our adviser loves us too much!). Another part of our walls was the reenactment of the three kings following the north star (all made out of paper). Our third wall consists of a Christmas tree (also made out of paper) with lots of glitters. It was fun seeing the outcome of our hard work but the experience of making it was the best. We went to different houses to do the arts and crafts, and we also spent an entire day in school to decorate. To top it all of, our adviser was always present in all of our crazy adventures.
The connection built within the four walls of our classroom was strong that even if we go out of those walls, it remained strong. We see each other now and then. Every time there is a ‘reunion’ planned, I get excited knowing that I’ll laugh non-stop and will have lots of throwback stories to tell and to hear.
Now that I’m in college, I can tell that nothing beats the high school life. It is very much different compared to the things I am experiencing now. If I were to choose between being in high school and being in college, without a doubt, I would want high school life. Aside from the fact that college subjects are harder (no doubt about it), my life in high school, specifically in second-year high school, was such a breeze because I get to experience the fun, and the not, with my friends that I can call my family.
To all my Responsibility friends and adviser, know that I will always be glad you all came to my life. Thank you for making my second year in high school an experience I will never forget. As I grow old, I realized that those memories we created together would be remembered and treasured forever. As what our adviser always say, “TIWALA LANG!”