I know all I’ve been doing here lately is posting personal moolah that have been highlights of my summer, but I just really cannot miss on this one.
I can’t exactly recall if I had posted here about how Ateneo conducts orientation seminars for freshmen and how much I have always been so passionate to invest myself in them; but just because it’s my last year in college, I guess I’ll have to reiterate.
Our OrSems are different, period. In the effort to show how choosing Ateneo was one of the greatest choices any incoming freshman could make, we really do things wildly. Every year, we work on different themes with absolute vim and color, and we never keep things dull. Even walking has to be entertaining.
And that’s where we enter. It must be common sense for every orientation seminar in a college or university to have some sort of tour guides to orient the freshmen of the basics; but in Ateneo, we have the TNTs. We not just do talks and tours (hence, the acronym TNT), we also go absolutely berserk. We pretty much set the bar for that sort of entertainment that the freshmen deserve to have.
Of course, we don’t enter the battle unarmed. We also train (for three days, in fact), just so we prepare more than enough for OrSem. We hold team-building SLEs, GD simulations, situationers, and other things that could help us with what we’ve signed up for. It’s not easy, mind you. Well, nothing worthy ever comes easy, anyway.
This is my third and my last year as a TNT, and I’m blessed to have been given the chance to do this for the third time. As a hardcore (that’s what you call the TNTs who’ve been doing that ever since their 2nd year in college and never left until their 4th), I’ve grown attached to so many things. I’ve grown attached to the thought of technically being the first Ate the freshmen are going to have as they enter college. I’ve grown attached to going wild, and partying from 6 in the morning until 9 in the evening (even much later, if necessary). I’ve grown attached to sweating and doing block signs and costumes. But I’ve grown mostly attached to the family I’ve come to spend my three years being a TNT with. Nobody can understand fully the love and passion that TNTs have for each other until they become one. This is the best food for soul I could ever have.
After having a mother (who was core), one spouse (I call my partner husband, that’s how we do it; and I only had one and my spouse also only had me because after our first year, I became a solo TNT and I still am now; and he’s been core and now he’s part of the Top 4), five children (four of which from my spouse; one of our children is also core), and three grandchildren, I’ve also established an immediate family in our large extended TNT family. (I know I don’t seem to make so much sense anymore, but I hope you’re not lost) I’m grateful I was able to leave a legacy, in a way, in my three years of shedding sweat and blood for what I love most.
This is a video of our TNT dance this year, and this was filmed on our last day of training (my last TNT training, ever). I hope you take the time to watch to see why it’s such absolute fulfillment to become a TNT. :)