Capping off my Arki series with an additional guide! I can't believe I totally forgot about one of the most crucial things about arki life in UST: The Cutoff! Anyways, if you're a freshman, then you are probably among the hundreds that are absolutely terrified about surviving the cutoff! I definitely was. It was like this awful weight on my shoulders that was there and not there at the same time. #MentalTorture :(
With that in mind, here are three important things you have to remember as a freshman! It's not long or hard to remember at all. And I think knowing them by heart can give you an advantage against the *dreaded* cutoff.
This is easy enough to do and it definitely goes without saying that you absolutely have to take every single subject seriously. Fail one of them and you're out. With that being said though, there's nothing scary about academics at all. A lot of them are actually pretty easy. You just have to bear in mind that you should never ever be happy with *just* passing. The rule is simple: get the highest grade that you possibly can from something. It doesn't have to be perfect, but it shouldn't be passing by a thread either!
This goes especially for your plates. There are going to be a lot of plates that you will feel lazy doing and I'm telling you now that you seriously have to give it everything you've got. There will be times when you will get a low grade. I know I've certainly had more than my fair share of them, but it is always *always* an opportunity to learn from your mistakes. When you eventually learn how to do something right, you can bet your a** that you're going to get a high grade next time. :D
I can't tell you how many moments you will have when you will question yourself as to why you even took this course, but if you're like me and most of my batchmates, you can't imagine yourself in any other life than this. I'm telling you now that life is going to be about 150% harder now that you're an architect-to-be, but without question, hold on to your friends, have fun with everything, and never settle for less. There's nothing quite like finishing your first major plate and I honestly can't wait for you to feel the sensation of accomplishment once you do!
Good luck, freshies, and see you around Beato! :D