Two nights before my 21st birthday, I imbibed the Ignatian spirit.
At exactly 5:30 in the afternoon, I hurriedly logged out from office and went straight to the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in Clark for my admission interview. When I stepped out of my car, I was surprised to see my college batch mate Kaisell, who was working as an agent in the adjacent call center. It took about three minutes to end our “hi’s and hello’s” since we haven’t met since graduation. I had a very hard time explaining to her why I was there. She pointed at the glass door where the entrance to the Ateneo office is located.
When I got into the small room, I was greeted by Sherwin, the program assistant. Two other people were already waiting for the professor who will conduct the interview. One was a year older than me and another one was an experienced professional whom, I guess, is in his mid-40’s. Technically, I was the youngest in the group and this gave me butterflies in the stomach.
After 30 minutes, Sir Danny arrived. Usual questions were raised. I really felt the pressure because the two of us who lacked professional work experience were given a hard time. We had to prove why we are worthy of taking an accelerated program. But because we were both eager and persistent, Sir Danny was convinced. Long story cut short – all three of us were accepted for next term’s Ateneo-Regis MBA Program.
The interview lasted about 20 minutes, after which was an introduction about ‘The Ateneo Way’ of learning. As a Thomasian, I found the Ignatian teachings very different. Now I know why students from various universities have their own character. Each university teaches how students should act according to a distinct culture that sets them apart from other schools.
Of course, I will never forget the Dominican teachings of ‘Veritas cum Caritate’ aligned with the ideals of being a committed, competent, and compassionate individual. Now, I will add ‘MAGIS’ to my traits and live the Ateneo way – a professional who cares about nation-building, and a person who is willing to give MORE in everything.