Handy sites unearthed

While cleaning up my hard drive and deleting some old files in my laptop, I saw a Word document with a file name “Super Websites.”

The file was modified last November 2010 during the time when I was taking up my Management Information Systems course (under Prof. Aracid of the AGSB). I have been maximizing the use of these sites for quite some time and I really find them helpful, especially for business enterprises.

www.dropbox.com
Have you been sending your email or documents to your own email just to make sure you have your copy when you get home or you’re out of the office? You don’t have to do this anymore if you open a Dropbox account. Just make sure that you keep your password to yourself and don’t get annoyed by the pop-up of updates each time you edit a file or modify folders.

 

www.mailchimp.com
If you’re looking for an online marketing tool that allows you to send customized newsletter-type updates to your clients, this site comes in handy.

www.sugarcrm.com
The ‘trial’ version of customer relationship management (CRM) platform will help you manage your customer database. Once you tried this one, I bet you’ll be tempted to sign-up.

www.moodle.com
This is a site which is useful for teachers who want to collaborate with fellow educators or students. At first, I compared it to Yahoo! Groups and the BlackBoard e-learning system. But the scope is wider and you can also customize contents for free.

And lastly, I was surprised to see Google Docs in the list. I remember an activity wherein we simultaneously edited a PowerPoint document as a class using our individual laptops. Back then, the experience was awesome

Part of the list is a PowerPoint add-on called Microsoft Mouse Mischief which is a powerful tool for interactive classroom discussions because this allows several ‘mouse’ units to be used all at the same time. Be ready for a ‘class click-athon.’

With these sites now published on my blog, I’ll be able to free up a bit of disc space (22.0KB) after deleting the Word document with my list of ‘Super Websites.’

They’re not super after all. Let’s just say- they’re quite handy!

Ngiti

It pays to help.

img_14871As a culminating activity for our Managerial Accounting class, our batch decided to go to the Gawad Kalinga site in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija and treat the kids (especially the birthday celebrants) with a party they’ll never forget. It was at the crack of dawn on March 8 when my classmates and I met at the Ateneo Campus in Clark to prepare for our (as Oprah says it) “Big Give.” We packed everything – spaghetti, burgers, a huge cake, hotdogs and drinks.

After several stopovers, we reached the GK site. The donors were successful in building a cozy community situated between lush mountains. We all took deep breaths of fresh air and appreciated the beauty of the surroundings before we got down to business.

img_1556We quickly arranged the ‘party’ area under a big tree (which served as the shade.) Our very energetic classmate, Mon, hosted the program. Everyone had fun during the games. We also gave away some school supplies and handed over several shovels (for a sustainable livelihood development).

The most touching part for me is when I rendered a song number. As I sang the lines of Ronnie Liang’s “Ngiti” (Smile), I felt so happy because I really saw genuine smiles beaming from the faces of the children whom we helped. They even sang several lines with me. I am pleased to have touched the lives of people in such a simple way and I know my classmates felt the same.

We at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business believe in our motto that “Our Country is Our Business.” Bawat Atenista, Bayani! I condemn the words of Tracy Isabel Borres  who blogged negatively about her immersion experience with Aetas. Anyway, she admitted she was just some spoiled sheltered girl. The issue about the lady Atenean already vanished yet I am personally aggravated by her words. Hers are not that of a genuine Atenista who fully understand what the Ignatian teachings are all about.

Taking the Ateneo Way

ateneo_150Two 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.