Thursday, June 22, 2006

Adjusting

Started teaching again in UP Diliman. And things feel different.

First of all, its the crowds. The college of engineering has more people in it than the whole campus of UP Baguio. Endless hordes of students lining up during enlistment. A friend of mine back in Baguio once complained of an enlistment queue that lasted 20 minutes. The other day I was in line for two bloody hours on a hot humid afternoon at the cashier's office.


Yes, the temperature too. It does not help that the hottest temperature in Baguio is the coldest temperature in Diliman (though it does get a bit humid in Baguio). Its a good thing I'm a compsci teacher, spending most of my time inside air-conditioned labs. And Im really happy with the office they assigned to me, its small and quiet and cool and most of the time there's no one else here but me.

Commuting too, I've been dead tired lately. Just crash on the bed and sleep although I havent been doing that much work yet. Walking to school is really so nice.

Teaching all new subjects. This semester I'm teaching Competitive Programming, Intro to Programming (for non-CS students) and (gasp) Algorithms. I've been involved in competition programming since 1995 (even been a coach once) but this is the first time that I actually have to give a grade. I like teaching Intro to Programming, but i feel a bit less motivated to teach students whom I won't get to see again. And finally, I've never been a theory teacher.

And I don't know my students. If you're just three faculty members, you handle a third of the student population. You get to see the same students in different subjects, and for several years. I guess I'll miss that about UP Baguio, you could see students as they grow over the years, and feel their triumph as they graduate.

But a week ago I went and visited Baguio to get a few papers. I had wanted to freshen up so bad when I got there and almost began walking towards my apartment when it hit me: I no longer lived in Baguio anymore.

At my old computer desk, I could just close my eyes and imagine that I had classes and that I had work to do, but after I got my papers I was just surfing, just killing time. I felt totally useless. It was nice visiting friends too, but I had to go over the painful process of having to say goodbye to them again. And lastly, after a late night movie, the walk to the bus station is the same as the walk to my old apartment. And you know that its different. It really was different.

I dont belong in baguio anymore. Im just a tourist, same as everyone else. I wont get to see Minesview after a storm, hearing the howling winds raging across the valley atthe abandoned tourist spot (who in their right minds would visit Baguio during a storm?!?). I cant stay there more than a day unless I shell out money for hotels (really shell out money). Last of all I wont get to work at our labs again, there's so many things that I can still do there, but at least Im happy Im leaving it in capable hands.

Manila is my reality now. The crowds, the heat, the humidity, the new subjects, the new students, they're all part of my new life now, either I accept them, or i just move back (which I wont). So I guess this is the last time I'll be comparing Manila to Baguio, I've probably been irritating people (Im really sorry. ^_^;;; )

4 Comments:

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Sacha said...

Welcome back to Manila, and good luck with your classes. <hugz> Moving is always difficult!

 
At 2:13 AM, Blogger haewilya_green said...

Ello! Welcome back sa Diliman. Suzi Bermudez pala 'to.

Sori dito kita kinontak. Di ko kasi sure kung yun pa rin yung cellphone number mo eh. Tapos nakita ko yung link na ito from one of my orgmates. Anyho, gusto ko kasi sana magtanong sa yo about MS sa UP Dil... Mahirap ba? (er, malamang noh..) Curious lang ako kung seasonal ba yung subjects tsaka what time usually ang classes at days? Balak ko kasing kumuha kaso di ko sure kung kakayanin ko based sa load ko rin sa work. Tsaka kapag pumili ba ko ng imamajor, kailangan yun na talaga ipupursue ko or pwede pa kong mag-iba after a while? Sori talaga dito pa kita kinulait...

Thanks in advance!

 
At 6:12 AM, Blogger mayhemtoledo said...

Suzi! Musta na? Sorry i havent been blogging lately. You can reach me at my account named mariocarreon na nakahost sa yahoo.com.

Fun ang masters, kasi you'll get to appreciate your field. However, may kasamang Ultra Math subjects ang MSCS, and we've raised our prices (1,500 per unit na).

Perhaps i shall blog about this? Hehehe. ^_^

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger haewilya_green said...

Huwatt??? Syet, kailangan ko pang mag-ipon ng mas maraming pera... Huhuhuu...

Haay, naku. Gusto ko na talagang mag-aral uli! La pa lang akong pang-tuition tsaka di ako makadecide kung anong specialization ko.

Anyho, thanks ha. Sige, blog ka about this. Nyehehe.

 

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