Student Life

Photo of Ria G. Rombaoa

By Buena Laoang


This piece is dedicated to my students and every one who is enrolled in a school called “life”.

S mile, not only to your teachers or mentors, but to everyone you meet
T o observe proper gestures, even to those who don’t give you grades, or acknowledgment
U nderstand this: your duty is to become a finer man or woman, an asset to the society
D evelop your talents- with your peers- your character
E xcel in everything that you do.
N ot only inside the corners of your classroom or comfort zone, or before everybody’s eyes;
T his is more important: to apply your lessons to your everyday life- gain wisdom; produce fruits.

L augh, learn, live! Live consciously as to nullify the notions of
I gnorance, inefficiency, incompetency, idiocy.
F ight the battle- that part of your life called “learning”- with honor and excellence, but also, with humility
E arn the marks that will make you stand out and claim, “I am experiencing the best student life!”
Hey, are you doing like the best student (you can ever become) lately? May God bless your ways!


About the Author: Buenaflor Laoang-Rosete finished Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and an awardee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Philippines in 2001. She is a mother, public servant, teacher. Her Lifenotes tell of a “once-a-wretch-now-fully-blest” life story, inspiring the advocacy of living simply, fragrantly and richly. She is a Filipino and is happy to be one.