A few days after attending the 2-day orientation in UP last week, an upperclassmen from my course added me on FB. Shortly after accepting his request, he messaged me and asked, “How’s the first leg of your freshie life?” I answered him briefly but if I am to elaborate it, this is it.
Passing the UPCAT
The first leg of my freshie life began last February 2. It was a normal boring afternoon, and I was in my room surfing the Internet when I heard a sudden scream from my mom downstairs. Then it was followed by our househelper’s. Thinking what it may be was, I went downstairs then there I saw my mom and told me, “Ate pasado ka!!” (“You passed!”) in an almost teary/crying voice. I knew it! No, not that I knew that I would pass the UPCAT, but I knew then that it was the UPCAT she was referring to when she told me that I passed because I only took the USTet and UPCAT, wherein I failed my 1st program choice in USTet. Up until now I am still curious about what is it in USTet that I failed it when I passed the UPCAT? … Maybe UP is really for me, I guess, and besides it’s my dream school! The moment I heard it from my mom, I sat on the staircase and stared on the white wall for like a minute before it all sank into me. Whoa there, I passed it! I passed it!!! So I ran back to my room, checked the results online, called Joseph (I remember he was at the grocery that time and he shouted in the middle of the grocery aisle upon knowing that we both passed), texted Alexis, tweeted about it, checked my classmates’ name, answered calls from classmates as well, and posted it on Facebook. I think I did all these in 15 minutes (read: adrenaline rush and extreme joy).
Back then, we were all nervous as February fast approached because of the release of the UPCAT results. But when you least expect it, there’s no room for nervousness. It’s all now or never, you passed or you failed. And whether you succeeded or not, I tell you, it’s not easy to accept the fact. Even I as a passer, I still couldn’t believe it myself that I am for UP and UP is for me up until now, after three months.