Scholastican Commitment (Year 4 Kulandungan)
Martina Navratilova said, “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved, the pig is committed.” Commitment requires sacrifice and giving your 100%, which the pig showed since it needed to give its life while the chicken has shown involvement providing the eggs that are not difficult to produce but both are needed to produce the dish. This is how we started to know more about commitment, which was the topic of the Kulandungan Session of the Grade 9 and 10 of Mrs. Patricia Isidro. It was held at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall last November 21, 2014. This was for the students to understand more the true meaning of commitment and raise their awareness.
Commitment is the state of being bound–emotionally, intellectually, or both–to a particular person or course of action. It starts with the choice and is sustained by dedication and perseverance. It is more than an obligation but it is the giving of ourselves fully. One kind of commitment was recognized in the talk and those are the different clubs, which have intense practices like Sports Clubs, Pep Squad and Glee Club. Balancing the practices for their clubs, academics and their social life are truly hard. That’s commitment, giving your 100%, passion is seen in you and you’re happy of what you’re doing. Come to think of it, commitment is easy as long as you want to, but how come we cannot commit? There were 5 reasons; these are: not good past experience against our superiors, when we don’t see immediate reward, don’t like hard work, at first excited but later on bored, and lastly, which is one of the main reasons, is the fear of being responsible for somebody else. Yes, saying you’re committed to something maybe easy, but doing it can take time but is surely possible. One hard question is, how? Mrs. Isidro gave us 5 steps. The first stage is to evaluate yourself by knowing who you are and know what you have before you give. You need to start with yourself before you do anything for others. Next, look at what you are going into and study the activity, group or person. Then, have a purpose and objective. Saying, “Wala lang” is not an unacceptable answer because you should know why you entered something because if you will have challenges along the way your purpose will always be the one to keep you going. After that, find joy and meaning to what your doing. When you love what you’re doing, you won’t even notice the sacrifice you do since it makes you happy. Lastly, you need to pray since it is the foundation of everything. After presenting these, Mrs. Isidro showed different levels of commitment from do to try. Then in the papers of the Grade 8 and 9 they wrote what level they are now. After this, we were shown people who were committed. These were Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Nelson Mandela and Efren Penaflorida. Each has shown commitment but can the youth also take part in this? Of course, we could just look at Malala Yousafzai and Kesz Valdez. Both are young but created a great difference because of the commitment they had. Before we ended, Mrs. Isidro asked the Presidents and Vice Presidents of each class to check if they took down notes as to what the students are encouraged to do. The President and Vice President will determine whether their classmate is just involved or committed. Though this was surprising, an exercise with a hidden agenda, the initiative can be a proof of commitment. You make the first move without anyone telling you to do so. Commitment starts with you. As we ended the session with a prayer, everyone was filled with realization.
By: Margarita Bautista
Student, Year 4