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Things You’ve Realized Now That You’re a Senior

Everyone needs to stop with the ‘It’s your last year. It’ll be a breeze.’ I swear, I’m going to cut the next person who says that. Senior year has its perks, but really being the eldest in the building isn’t much of a whopper. I’ll be validating this with ya’ll with an eye-opening experience on how it feels like to be rubbed raw and graduating, whether you’ve been-there-done-that or you’re currently in my state of bipolarity (If that’s even a word).

State of the Nation 

(Yes, I’m bringing back The Clique)

IN

  • Your teachers don’t require you to stand up to recite anymore or raise your hand. Thank God! I was actually forming an ass with all that standing and sitting.

  • Sometimes you can just leave to go to the restroom. Self Explanatory.

  • Some of your classmates Glowed. Oooh! New(?) Eye Candy!

  • Eating is allowed in some subjects. Self Explanatory.

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  • Using your phone is allowed in some subjects. Leading us to the, “Sir, pwedeng ipicture?”

  • You practically just need to complete your requirements. Its really up to you with what you wanna do in class. Yun lang, if you dont pass you fail.

  • You don’t have to attend all your classes. You’re probably excused 30% of the time, the other 20% will be absents due to personal tamad reasons, and the other 50% of the time you’ll be in class.

  • You’re close to your org now. You’re also probably either part of core or an active member because you’re not the org baby anymore. Time to make inis the YGs with continuous ‘Awwww’s and ‘CUTE’s.

  • You are not fooled by the same expensive ass canteen food that just appears in different colors everyday. You bring cute baon! OMG! I have a friend who gets her mom to do really cute designs for her baon!

  • You kinda know everyone already, so you know where you can get “help” for your homework (wink wink).

OUT

  • Everyone’s favorite word now is defense or presentation.

  • SOME of your batch mates Glowed. Plus, your cougar instincts must be kept in a dark hollow cranny in your mind.

  • You still have to bring some stuff. On my first day of Senior year, I didn’t bring anything and we were required to write so many introduction papers- Like we didn’t know each other already. But yeah, just a tip for my… Er, younger- than-me readers; Bring at least a pen and paper on your first day. At least.

  • You don’t even get what is going on with these online applications. They’re already flying patatas late and then they won’t even accept your village because Google has freaking connection problems.

  • Complete your requirements. Well, thats pretty easy. I THINK NOT. Doesn’t the administration understand how hard it is to balance your school work, with your extra curricular work, with your CET or SAT reviews, while keeping a healthy hygienic body? They’re just trying to kill us.

  • I dare you to try missing a class. Subukan mo lang. Sige, we’ll see if you’ll still keep up to speed.

  • You have no choice, but to make sure you have food for the afternoon every morning. Actually, I love bringing my own food. This shouldn’t even be here.

  • YOU KINDA KNOW EVERYONE ALREADY. Now where’s the thrill in that?

Senior year is hella tough, but it is equally fun. I’ve realized that the more you do, the more you experience. Obviously, you’ll be getting into a ton of rollercoaster rides when you put yourself out there. I’ve decided that in my last year of high school I’d rather have an equal share of laughs and cries, rather than a few fun times without hardships in mind. I know it sounds tiring but to hell with it, right? Its my last year and I’m going to live it to its full extent! That sounded so cliché. Ew. Sorry about that even if it is true.

I actually created my own Senior Year Bucket List. I’m too shy to post it, but if viewers persist I might. I think it’s great to have a bunch of goals of wishes and desires. I have an idea though. I want to make one big Senior Year Bucket List we can all use and edit. I’d have to brush off the HTMLs and Joomlas, but we will soon have to see!

All the love,

Mika Reyes


P.S. None of the pictures are mine! Paper Towns is amazing its advisable for all those graduating this year! 🙂

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From Highschool to College in One Day: DLSU Student Media Congress

Hey everyone,

For those who didn’t know, we had DLSU’s Student Media Congress last July 25-26. I was a delegate of De La Salle Zobel and I must say, it was unbelievably amazing. Truly an incredible experience, especially for a high school student. Here’s why;

1. If you’re still in high school, like me, you’ll be able to experience the “college feel” first hand. Meaning; you’ll be able to switch classes, buildings, and classmates. You’ll make more friends and you’ll have an excuse to ask that cutie for directions. #LandianNa

All of these beautiful people became my friends during the second day of the Congress. Everyone was incredibly friendly and nice! They weren’t at all intimidating. Even if I was years younger, I felt as if magkaberks na kami!

Me: Happy Tea? I love Happy Tea! OMG! I love their rock salt there, yung caramelized pa! 

Chardy and Isabel: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Anong Happy Tea?

Me: Ayy! Joke lang, Happy Lemon!

Chardy and Isabel: HAHAHAHA! Hindi rin yun! HAPPY T! As in Happy Thursday! Obvious nga highschool pa! 

2. If you’re taking Engineering, Medicine, Business, or any other course that is totally unrelated to Media, but you have a heart for the limelight this is the best place to (be)gin. *wink wink*

3. You get to enroll in different exciting workshops and they have A LOT of workshops! The packages are; 2 competing workshops, 3 non-competing workshops plus 1 competing workshop, or 4 non-competing workshops- well if I’m not mistaken it’s something like that, but I’m probably wrong about the 3 non competing, so check out their Facebook! (https://www.facebook.com/DLSUSMC?fref=photo

I wasn’t able to enroll for the workshops before the second day because I was in my retreat during the first day of the congress, so I wasn’t able to register. But it’s okay because I got some pretty awesome classes even if some weren’t my first choice. The classes I took were Newspaper Operations, Blogging as an Influencer’s Driving Tool for Change, Wattpad: Redefining what it means to be a reader, and Disk Jockey 101.

3. The speakers for the workshops weren’t unaccomplished, lonely ass, I-have-nothing-better-to-do-in-my-life people. They were so fantastic, you’d think they’re inhuman. 

The speaker of “Newspaper Operations” was Ms. Marichu Villanueva, Associate Editor of The Philippine Star.

The Speaker of “Blogging as an Influencer’s Driving Tool for Change” was Mr. Anton Diaz, Founder of the Philippine’s #1 Travel and Food Blog ourawesomeplanet.com and Co-founder of Midnight Mercato.

The Speaker of “Wattpad: Redefining what it means to be a reader” was Ms. Louisse Carreon, Philippine Ambassador of Wattpad.

The Speaker of “Going Viral on Social Media” (A Class I didn’t take) was Ramon Bautista-My idol! So why didn’t you take the class, Mika? and if you didn’t get the class then how’d you get the selfie? Good Question and an even awesome-r story. I was on my way to Wattpad class mopping around about missing Ramon Bautista’s class when I saw him taking pictures with a bunch of girlaloos on the other side of the road, so like any other fan girl, I crossed the road running to him screaming, “YOU’RE RAMON BAUTISTA!” like he didn’t know his own name. I told him my situation and he said I could come to his seminar siya na bahala, but alas, the event organizers told him I can’t. I didn’t wanna push it so I proceeded to my next class. 

The Speaker of “Disk Jockey 101” was DJ TonyToni, member of Magic 89.9’s Boys Night Out.

The Second Speaker of “Disk Jockey 101” was DJ Jojo, Magic 89.9’s Love Survivor.

4. Career wise, the SMC would probably be the best thing you could ever do to jump start your way into the business. In a way almost all the speakers have helped me. If not by deciding what course I would take up, then by giving me tips on my endeavors and promoting my work!

Mr. Anton Diaz has helped me the most. He promoted my blog post “HOHOL tayo sa DLSZ” on his Ourawesomeplanet Facebook and Twitter. 

DJ TonyToni and DJ Jojo both followed me on Instagram and DJ TonyToni gave all the participants his calling card in case we’re interested in joining the Magic of 89.9. He also gave us exact tips on how to make a demo. Spot me in the picture!

5. After a long day of working hard, we Lasallians surely know how to make up for that. We also party hard! This closing ceremony seemed like the Bomb-S, but unfortunately I would never know because I wasn’t able to go! Here’s the poster tho;

 

Well, that was my experience during DLSU’s Student Media Congress. What was yours? Feel free to share and repost this article with the hashtag #MySMCExp

Creds: Some pictures came from the Student Media Congress Facebook

Love you all,

Mika Reyes

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HOHOL tayo sa DLSZ

Since I’ve been in Zobel my whole life, I would want to dedicate this post to my alma mater. Here are the HOHOL places of Zobel-well here are the HOHOL places I know. Hope it gives you a blast from the past or a couple of laughs.

 

Division 1 (Higher Grades Perspective)

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Gate 7: Sobrang layo sa main building kaya hassle pumunta dyan after class. I pity those who get picked up here. Pagdating ng sundo pagod na.

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Gate 5: I used to get picked up here. During those days it was fairly easy to get out of school all I had to do was say my bus drivers name and they’d let me out. I don’t know if it’s the same now. Medyo secluded ka na dito, but nothing beats that gate beside gate 5 inside the Division 1 Building. Gate 4 ba yun? Well, no one knows now.

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The covered walk beside the Canal: Wanna know a sad story? One time I stayed up in school till it was really late, I didn’t have friends and the rain was pouring hard, plus I get picked up at Gate 5, so I waited under this covered walk. #HugotMuch. Now, it’s populated by little screaming creatures who have just the right amount of  adorable-ness and kulit-ness.

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Covered walk beside the Swimming Pool: It’s either you’re a human dolphin waiting for practice or a couple that doesn’t know that this place is too obvious. Serene, nature loving, and far.

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In between the softball field and the Swimming pool: HELLO GUY HUNTING! I’ve never really tried this but I know a friend who stays here just so she has a view of both the baseball team and the swim team. Smart girl. As for the obvious couples, masyado kayong deliks.

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Recreational Centers (Canteen, Sports Pavilion, and Performing Arts)

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Umbrellas in front of the Canteen: I know a guy who calls this “The Starbucks Place”. I can’t agree more. If I could, I would eat lunch and recess here everyday but there are only a limited amount of seats and I’m not very fast. It’s the best place to chill when you’ve gone past 5:30 because it gives you a really awesome breeze.

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Big Ass Fan: When classes just finish, I’m usually found here. If you check under the fan it really does say Big Ass Fan. I love this place, but nowadays you can’t find any seats here anymore. It’s usually occupied by the kiddies and the mommies at kakahiya naman kung sisiksik ka dyan.

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The other side of the Canteen: Because “The Starbucks Place” is almost always occupied and The Big Ass Fan has Minecraft addicts swarming the place, we end up here, the other side. It’s bright during breaks, but dim during dismissal, which makes it a perfect place to catch up with that special friend or just a place to stay when all the other spots are taken.

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The Sports Pavilion: The place of the batak and the #fitspirations. Kung walang training nandito pa rin kasi may gym sa baba at may oval sa taas. Tambay ka lang dito for 5 minutes, the next day people will ask you if you joined the basketball team. Grabe, Kaagad agad? Pass by to cheer on your favorite teams and your besties or boyfies!

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In between the Pavilion and the CPA: Need a quiet place to read your books or really chat with your friends? Then this is the perfect place. It even has an echoing effect. Try it the next time you pass by. Whenever athletes come out you can see a performer coming out of the backstage too. The place where the arts and the sports collide.

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The Field Bleachers and the Small Meadow behind the Theater: BEST WIFI SIGNAL IN THE CPA AREA! You have a great view of the field even when you’re not on the bleachers. Just bring your foldable chairs and mark your territory near the meadow place because it’s not as hot as the field and you get a great view! I used to sit on the ledge-like-ramp nearest to the Theater during sunset because the ambiance of the whole place is absolutely beautiful from that vantage point.

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Orchestra and Chorale Hallway (Plus, the Basketball Area): Passing by here is so amazing because I just love hearing the orchestra play. I’ve never heard the chorale sing since I’m always with them when I do. There is no wifi signal here. Remember to keep quiet on these halls because the musicians might lose their pitch when they hear your screaming about Damon dying in Vampire Diaries. The Basketball area in front of this hallway is the go to place of the aspiring UAAP players during recess and lunch leaving them unbelievably smelly when they get back to class. I kinda like sitting here because you can see the game up close but you have the protection of the fence, so you’re safe.

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In front of the CPA: Sitting on the steps of the CPA or beside the acrobatic statue is only nice when there aren’t a lot of people anymore. If you sit on the steps of the CPA right after dismissal you might die, because a lot of people pass here. If you stay beside the stature naman, it’s like you’re so papansin. Don’t be like that please.

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The Main Building

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Gate 3: Di mo malaman kung saan talaga ang labasan, the gate near the guard post on the left side or the one connected to the main building on the right? We will never know. You can hang out here during breaks or at dismissal. There are plenty of seats, but I suggest placing your valuables on the opposite side of the hanging TV/Mama Mary Altar, because the security cams only reach here.

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CLF or anywhere near the Our Lady of The Star Chapel: You’ll be hearing a lot of ‘God is good’ and ‘Thy Kingdom Come’s here a lot. It’s the place where the LOVE lasts forever. Simple, quiet, and holy. The breeze is terribly amazing here.

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In front of the DDA: I call this place the melting pot of ages. Since the drop off area has been moved to Gate 1 this place has been booming with people of all ages. You can see seniors sitting beside Grade 8’s on the steps of this hang out place. It get’s really sunny at times tho so some of us just stay here…

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The Garden in Front of the Clinic: Since it’s sunny in front of the DDA, HOHOL nalang tayo in the clinic or in the bahay kubo in this area. There is actually a name for this place, but it’s in Tagalog and ain’t nobody got time fo dat. Joke lang. We’re not conyo. Just be sure to keep the noise down because the Night School will be having their classes during dismissal.

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The Basement/HS Library/SRCC Room: The only air-conditioned HOHOL place in Zobel that is accessible by everyone. During breaks you will see a horde of iPad users in this area tapping to their death. You’ll surely leave this place with that “smarty pants” feeling.  Just don’t make too much noise or else the actual readers will start death staring you.

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In front of the main building: Para sa pangmalakasan at nagpapakita. It’s at the very center of the “happenings” during the very start of dismissal, so you’ll surely be noticed if you make tambay in this area. It gets a bit crowded tho, with everyone rushing to their drivers and buses. Ya I think it’d be best to step aside because some would really run their way to the car and you wouldn’t want to block them away from their dreams of going home to a soft fluffy bed.

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Gate 2 Covered Walk: Most SRCC programs happen in this covered walk, so you surely wont lose interest every time you pass here. It’s actually great that they keep us entertained throughout the school year because you’d really be drawn into writing on their boards, taking pictures, and applying for different organizations. The Night Highschool Canteen is also placed here instead of Division 1. This would probably be the smartest thing our school has ever done.  It’s hassle to go all the way to Div 1 just for pancit.

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Hallways: Usually everyone’s favorite HOHOL place during the morning or before their class starts, but remember guys 5 minutes before classes resume is the boarding time in the Hallways. Wouldn’t wanna give our teachers a headache! Minus points yan sa Summative Assessment.

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Recognize any of your favorite HOHOL places? If not, please tell me so I can update the list

Love,

Mika Reyes

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Why you don’t cheer up

Hello world,

I’m 15 years old and I believe that I am in that awkward stage. Can I get an Amen, Momma? My mom believes that everyone experiences the “Abnoy” stage and that me and my sister are currently in it. I don’t think I have the guts to be rebellious and sneak out of the house at 3am to party with my friends, so I’m more of the mopping around, I hate my life, cry my eye balls out type of “Abnoy”. Well, thats what I think.

Sometimes I feel like crying about the simplest things or about nothing at all, so I watch The Notebook or The Fault in Our Stars over again just so I have a reason to cry. This goes on for days. I even think to myself, “Why the hell am I not in The Pursuit of Happiness, Kid Cudi? I’m a junior in high school and every one says that high school was the “best of days of their lives”! Bleh, Etchoseros.” Leading to the day I barricaded myself in my room and re-watched the whole Awkward Series and saw this;

Sweet Baby Jesus, Thank you for Jenna’s Dad!

I then realized that this is so totally correct-ermahgerd. I’m playing with you guys. I don’t talk like that, but I do believe that this quote is amazingly correct. Don’t you ever wonder why is it when we’re depressed and all we stay depressed for days, whether it’s because your 3 year relationship ended, or you failed your mid-term exams, or you realized you can’t make fetch happen, you just can’t get out of the rut. Well, it’s because you do all the wrong things while you’re sad. You freaking watch The Notebook again just so you have a reason to cry. For Heaven’s Sake, don’t be like me.

It would be terribly cruel to present you with a problem and have no solution. That’s just inhumane, so here are a few things you can do to get out of that depression cycle.

What you usually do: You eat your feelings out. You get that bucket of ice cream and those BFF Fries all for yourself because food is love and you need love right now. After gaining 5 pounds in one sitting you look in a mirror and cry some more because you think you look like a total fatty. Really? Are you kidding me, gurl?

What you should do: Yes, you binge for maybe an hour. You deserve it girl. After that shining Splenda-less hour you motivate yourself to look so man good that everyone will be thinking “OOOH GET EM” every time you pass by. Then you workout, start small but aim big! It’s okay if you aren’t that good at least you’re working out. You don’t have to do it regularly you just need enough bragging rights to say, “Oh yeah. Sorry I’m late I was working out.”

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What you usually do: You re-watch all them #hugot movies. Here’s a list of your movie guilty pleasures; Pearl Harbor, The Notebook, The Fault in Our Stars, A walk to rememeber, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Vow, The Last Song, Dirty Dancing (ala New Girl Style), Pretty in Pink, Another Cinderella Story, Hachiko, Gone with the Wind, Marley and me, Titanic, UP, Lost in Translation, Ghost, and those huhu-why-is-the-world-so-cruel movies. Don’t even think about watching these movies. Don’t. Just don’t.

What you should do: Download Vine on your smartphone, Read Buzzfeed.com or watch their videos, you can also type 8th Grade Make-up Tutorials on Youtube. I swear you will laugh. It’ll be ten times better than crying when Hazel Grace talks about infinities and math.

What you usually do: Your friends try to help you and they even ask you to go out with them. You become dramatic and shut them out. Saying, you just can’t handle people at the moment. They go out anyways and you see the photos the next day then you’re all mad because they’re bad friends for going without you. Wew. Ala stupid lang ang peg.

What you should do: You go out with your friends, duh. The tricky part is I dare you not to talk about your problems. I want you to pretend like nothing happened and just let the fun times come rolling in. You do not want to cry in public and you don’t want people treating you in a special manner just because you’re depressed. You’re better than that!

What you usually do: You stalk all the people you hate and you read every single detail about their lives. You then find out that the person loves french fries, so you deliberately try to hate french fries because he/she loves them. If you know the person more there will be more things that will remind you of him/her.

What you should do: YOU STALK YOURSELF! This really helps. After looking through all your “nene” pictures and remembering all your problems before you think to yourself, “Hey! If I survived that then I can survive this!”. You’ll also be thinking, “OHMYGOD… I was so ugly before. Thank God I’m hot now”. Just kidding guys. Plus, you’ll see all the “nene” pics of your best friend. Yay! More leverage. This also helps; http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/594643 Enjoy!

What you usually do: #HUGOT Music to da max. You finally appreciate Taylor Swift music. She’s like your soul sister in times like this. You sing your heart out and you say things like, “PREACH IT SISTER! I feel ya!”. You then start crying because you feel so pathetic talking to figurative Taylor Swift.

What you should do: Hello, 8Tracks and Spotify. I’m usually the happiest when I uncover really cool new songs. I can talk to other people about it ask them if they know the song and they’ll be like no! then you smirk and be all oh you don’t know it! Look for the happy upbeat songs and make your sad days playlist. Wake up to a pocket full of sunshine, shower to a pocket full of sunshine, and dance to a pocket full of sunshine. Do it Emma Stone Style!

What you usually do: You live life normally and monotonously. You let life take control of you. You make the negativity a part of you. A part of your sadness. Sadness plus Sadness is not happiness. Happiness needs effort and the right amount of fluff.

What you should do: Shake things up! Life is too short to wear the same black patent shoes. Mess around and stop looking back. Be the you, you’ve always wanted to be because no one can control your emotions except for yourself. You are loved and loved a lot by everyone and by him(God). Date that guy you never thought would be the one, Go parasailing even if you’re afraid of heights, because you are not normal and that’s what makes you interesting. Do not dwell in sadness.

 

Hope you guys liked this! If you did then take a drive, roll down the windows, and shout I LOVE LIFE to the whole world.

 

Love you all!

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10 ways to keep those peepers awake in class

Hello guys,

I really wish I could blog more, but school has been so hectic nowadays. I’m even writing this blog during my English Class. Hey, it’s still English considering that I am writing right now. We just finished Algebra and I kept falling asleep. It was weird because it was like I was doing a slow-mo head bang throughout the whole period. This event led me to blogging about how to keep awake during your worst class. Because honestly I’m the worst at Algebra, but I just can’t help falling asleep in that class.

Here we go;

1. Go to the restroom. I do this a lot. I take the long route to the restroom and I get that “The Hobbit” feeling when he goes,”I’m going on an adventure”. You can even wink at people at the corridor because ya know you’re bored, what else are you gonna do. YOLO. Ew, I can’t believe I said that.

2. Wash your face. It usually works, but if your teacher is too-boring-for-your-lyf then there will only be a 50% chance this will work.

3. If you find that the restroom is empty, I suggest you to do 10 jumping jacks and a few other workouts. If you’re really persevere in keeping awake, you can even do push ups and sit-ups on the floor. The thrill of touching the dirty restroom will surely keep your mind boggling during class.

4. Put on some mint lip balm. No real reason. It’s just so zesty.

5. Bring out your phone. The idea of doing something “rebellious” is just the right amount of thrill you need to keep you awake. It’s also a confidence boost, giving you the “Hehe! I’m using my phone in class. I’m such a badass” kind of feeling.

6. Put that minty Chinese sick stick around your eyes. This will make you cry, but it’s also pretty fun.

7. Raise your hand. You don’t need to have a question in mind or anything. Just do it anyways and you’ll just make something up along the way. The teacher might get mad but hey at least you’re awake.

8. Keep agreeing to whatever the teacher is saying. When the teacher is talking about postulates, or whatever geometric churvaloo out there be sure to keep answering back for no apparent reason. Keeping in the game is what it’s all about. Wink. Wink.

9. Let there be snacks. This literally is the best way to keep awake. You’re rebellious and health conscious. Surely with this trick you will not go anorexic. Some say you eat to live, but I live to eat. Don’t be masyadong PG naman.

10. Pinch yourself. I am not promoting self harm or anything like that, but seriously beating yourself up is one of the easiest ways to stay awake. Wanna know a fun trick? Of course you do! Wear a rubber band on your wrist and every time you fall asleep you just stretch the band making it hit your wrist. Morbid? I say not.

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