Insights! (UP MunSci Alumni Society Leadership Training)

Today, I attended this seminar that gave me a whole lot of new insights and lessons that I’ll eventually use in the near future.

I love to lead, to tell you honestly. To lead is one of my true passions (considering the fact that I want to do public service in the future). It is stressful, complicated, and mind-wrecking but it’s fun. To have led people into success is such a fulfillment for me. Helping other people to see what I’m seeing, achieve what we all want to achieve, strive for something we all want is an amazing journey.

Luckily, I was one of the few students who were handpicked to attend this seminar. The seminar was hosted by the UP MunSci Alumni Society, “ a socio-civic organization composed of Students and Alumni from University of the Philippines-Los Baños that aims to bring back the Honor and Excellence to their very own Alma Mater, Muntinlupa Science High School.”

The theme which states: MunSci Student Leaders Toward Achieving an Integrated ASEAN Community was the center or the key topic of the program. The seminar was centered towards the proper development of the student leaders and their supposed inclination towards achieving ASEAN integration.

Our first speaker was the board topnotcher of the licensure exams for nutritionists, R-Jay Esposo. He talked about the 10 Qualities of a Good Leader (based from John Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Good Leader), the reasons why we lead, how we should lead, and who or what a leader is. I learned a lot from his example from Pixar’s Finding Nemo which tells us that in order to be a good leader we must have a sharp mind, commitment, faith, and trust

The second speaker was Ernest Calayag who is the former National Secretary General of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines. He gave a crash course to Entrepreneurship and the importance of  ASEAN Integration. He basically taught us how entrepreneurship works and its relation to what’s happening between countries.

After that we had a team-building activity in which we are tasked to think of a way to protect the egg in such a way that when it is thrown from the 4th floor, it’s not supposed to break using drinking straws and tape. Unfortunately, our group weren’t successful but some groups were and I think the important lesson was teamwork and of course to use our big brains to its full extent otherwise, what is its use?

The third speaker was Mary Therese Paras who graduated from Ateneo de Manila University (BS Management) and was in an exchange student program and was given the opportunity to study in Macau and is now in law school. Basically, she’s done everything that I want to do in the near future soooo… Anyway she talked about the importance of self-awareness in becoming a leader. She told us to use the SWOT-analysis which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and how important it was to ask ourselves questions and how important it was to be self-aware so that we’d be able to carry out our tasks efficiently. It’s about accepting what we can and cannot do and it’s also about our ability to accept that we have weaknesses but with that we have strengths that we can showcase to our advantage.

After that we asked her tips on how to survive law school and she answered that it requires a lot of coffee, little sleep, and of course, studying. Also, she told us that in the entrance test for Ateneo, we could use the essay portion to our advantage especially if we could write and speak english well.

Of course, it was fun. I had fun. Although, I almost dozed off at some parts. But I got the chance to socialize, to gain confidence but mostly, the opportunity that was presented gave me a chance to learn. This will truly help me in the future if I decide to do civil service. It was a nice break from all the academic pressure. It inspired me to be more productive, to do more, to carpe diem in a good way. It’s a learning experience that I’m not going to forget.

Ciao! x