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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Experiences at a Company during the OJT

First day high!I can’t believe "company" opened its doors to Ralph and I. I’m very excited what kind of training will be waiting for us. Also, I’m looking forward to meet some of the talents and get pictures with them.
The day was “High”, as in high pressure because at the very first day the atmosphere was very demanding. Demanding, because we worked as if we know already what to do and how to operate things. Multi-tasking is a necessity since were only two interns attending the five sub-departments in the Human Resources. We learned things along the way so committing mistakes are inevitable. With these, I can’t believe I’ll grow anxious about committing mistakes and dealing with our supervisors. But I can’t deny that how patient and understanding Ma’am Jade, Ma’am Jenny, and Ma’am Wena dealing with us newbies. I felt I was stretched out from a calm disposition at the clinical setting. Adjustment period it is.
Today, we learned a lot of things like receive, pick-up and transfer calls, how to use paper shredders, fax and to operate a Xerox machine. Whew! I felt I so dumb today! We sorted slips of overtime, whereabouts, and changes of schedule of departments Administration, Engineering and Merchandizing. Ralph and I route letters, stamped and receive copies, and encoded job descriptions.
Still same as when we were at NCMH, Ralph and I aspired to be the “EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR”. I just hope to finish my internship at the right time with the schedule given to me…

Experiences at NCMH during the OJT

My experiences in the National Center for Mental Health had been filled me great memories to remember. My practicum in the clinical setting taught me many things that will surely of great help in the near future.
Part of my duty as an intern in the Pavilion 2 – Out Patient Service, under Mrs. Victoria Pagkanlungan, is the infinite and diverse tasks those exist; part of my challenge is being not only prepared but flexible for that diversity. My typical day as an intern would begin, 7am, early with smiles for the guards, nursing attendants and other interns, especially to my clinical instructor Ma’am Vicky. Unfinished jobs from yesterday are given attention like general observation (GO as we call it), scoring of WAIS-R or MMPI, outpatients that need to be scheduled, and etc.
At 7:15 – 7:30am and even beyond, clients go straight into the Psychological Section - OPS for scheduling and testing. During free times, small discussions on working diagnosis or impression, strategic meetings, concerns and even comical/personal question were post with our clinical instructors (C.I.). A bit of attention from our co-intern and C.I. brings open smiles and can set me off to positive day. A very important role for me is to make the client understand the nature of the psychological service while presenting an objective and cooperative yet calm atmosphere to them.
First thing in the morning, I would regularly log my time-in at pavilion 1 then to pavilion 2, where we usually stay. About nine (9) clients were entrusted to me by Ma’am Vicky for IQ and projective tests.
Headed by Ma’am Vicky, we had this Social Skills Training (SST) with the geriatric in-patients done at pavilion 30 (Chinese pavilion) for research purpose. It’s quite big opportunity for me…another fruitful learning endeavor that caters my passion for this helping profession. The program runs from reading of the “Layunin”, “Mga Hakbang Pangkasanayan”, by the clients; modeling from the interns doing the “Mga Tagpo na Gagamitin sa Pagsasadula”; imitation of the clients themselves; integration by Ma’am Vicky thru the “Mga Tanong at Takdang Aralin”; and lastly, the most favorite part, the snacks! Often times, we offer the stage for a song and/ or dance number from the clients. For more than two months, I have almost memorized their names, gestures, mannerisms and even the way they speak. In turn, these clients were conditioned to the flow of our training, especially the food portion. They would not even need further instigation compared from our previous SST. It is good to know that when doing this two week Social Skills Training they would greet or recognize us and would call our name while waving their hand to say hello. Moreover, seeing marked or even little improvements open feelings of gratitude.
We, the interns, were given opportunities to experience first-hand test administration with real-life mentally-ill clients. Psychological cases ranges from mild to chronic, functional to disturbed, profound to superficial predispositions, and etc. On occasion, referrals for SSS/GSIS loan, adoption, return for work, and the like.
Upon having this test administration and evaluation, I felt amazement for the hypothetical terms from books gradually came into real life. “Is for real?!” I feel like saying. Theoretical training from books and lectures brought a lot of help in every test administration and evaluation I embark on. With these, I’m able to understand the clients’ immediate need and present predicaments which led me in dealing with them effectively and offering an intellectual input to my work. Provided I’m just a neophyte in this kind of noble career, my testing sessions would not be as successful as it is without the supervision, expertise, untiring effort, and valuable suggestions from Ma’am Nimia, Ma’am Rea, and most especially from Ma’am Vicky.
I learned strategic way of administering battery of tests and furnishing a more comprehensive and time bound psychological report. One difficulty that I have encountered during the training is the very long and strenuous jo urney from our residence to Mandaluyong City. I just hope my efforts will be rewarded a grade of 1.0…
In every end of the day, even though I’m feeling so exhausted and drained, I had to prepare myself for another new day!

November 9, 2009 (Monday)
General Orientation Day! The first day of our Internship…
We arrived in the Pavilion 1 at 8am in the morning to attend our general orientation. Mrs. Nimia Hermilia C. De Guzman (Psycholgist II) oriented ten NEU senior psychology students and me, together with the interns from PUP and UDM. A short history of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) was shared. After which, we were asked thought-provoking questions and our expectations about the institution. We were given safety tips and the dos and don’ts: No promises to the client; No Feeding; Use pseudonyms and other personal information when asked by the client; Settle problem with your Clinical Instructor first; Be snappy; Always close the gates; Always wear the white uniform (if not, white shirt) and etc. Ma’am Nimia told us that patients see people in white as an authority figure. The time-ins and out was also emphasized. Ma’am Nimia generously shared her personal experiences working in the different pavilions (especially Pavilion 4), the cases she handled, standing in court trials, and to the previous interns’ deviant behaviors.
We learned that there are 35 Pavilions in all. There are also wards (observation, open, semi-open, and restricted), cottages within pavilions and an administrative office. Ma’am Nimia told us the process in admitting patients in the inastution. We were taught the sequence of the battery of test: (1) Interview, (2) BVMGT, (3) DAPT, (4) WAIS-R, (5) SSCT. According to them, this sequence will lessen the boredom and fatigue of the client. The formulas for prorated scoring and the applicable situations in using it were shared. Also, the formula in computing the premorbid I.Q. was taught.
Before the general orientation was ended, we were designated to different pavilions. We met our respective clinical instructors and paid our bill. Jake, Ralph, and I were assigned in Pavilions 2, 5, and 30. Carlo was assigned to Pavilion 4. Hazel, Carina, Ema, Janine, Eileen, Joie were assigned to Pavilions 12 and 13. Diamitsu and Rhea were assigned to Pavilion 2. We were dismissed before 5pm.
We still have our worries but very excited…we shared our plans on what to do especially time budgeting. At the end of the day we aspired and agreed to be “THE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR!”
Though we had several misfortunes before reaching this point, we were glad we made it still alive and kicking!

November 10, 2009 (Tuesday)
Ralph, Jake and I arrived at NCMH around 7:30am, 30minutes before our usual time-in. We attended Ma’am Nimia’s short lecture on WAIS-R, and doing their way of psychological report. After which, she distributed our ordered psych-testing kit, daily time record (DTR), and our internship I.D. At that lecture, we met our co-interns from PUP. Ma’am Nimia also taught us making our working diagnosis.
We met our Clinical Instructor Mrs. Victoria Pagkanlungan and oriented us her rules and regulations. We negotiated about the days of duty, time-ins and out and the required protocols were asked. For now, we were only required to submit the general observation (G.O.) inclusive of Physical Appearance/Description, History of Present Illness, Substance History, Family History, Mental Status Examination, and Behavioral Report. We learned her way of administering the batteries of test that was discussed yesterday. From now on we will be staying at Pavilion 2 where our C.I. stays. While we were waiting our call to Pavilions 5, and 30, we will be doing out-patient service such assisting client in scheduling, administering psychological test (projective and I.Q.) and etc.. After our clinical instructor’s orientation, a scheduled client named Romeo came. He’s our first client! Ralph, Jake and I was immediately deployed in administering battery of tests to the said client. Good thing we learned it before, we know something how to administer the WAIS and it pleased our C.I.

November 11, 2009 (Wednesday)
OUR First Assignment!
I arrived at NCMH around 7:15am…I saw a crowd of Nursing students everywhere. I went straight to Pavilion 1 to log-in at NEU log book. We were told from our orientation to log-in first at Pavilion 1 before going to the assigned pavilion, then, log-in at our DTR kept by out C.I. Same as doing our time-out.
Frances (PUP), Jake and I team up to do an interview and administer BVMGT, DAPT, WAIS-R, and SSCT to Mrs. Leonora. Frances does a behavioral observation all throughout while Jake and I alternately administering the tests. When it is Jake’s turn to administer, I assist Ralph and Angelica (PUP) in administering the said tests to Mrs. Marichu in the nearby table. After long hours of test administration, we helped each other in scoring and verifying the test scores.
Funny thing about this day is that our clients call us “Dok!”
Ma’am Nimia taught us about the Lie Score Scale of MMPI.

November 13, 2009 (Friday)
Writing our First G.O.!
Ralph, Jake and I finished the general observation of Mr. Romeo(Mr. Crispy Pata), Mrs. Leonora(Balik-bayan) and Mrs. Marichu(Engineer). It took us the whole day.
Ma’am Nimia invited us to observe in her test administration of RIBT (Rorschach) to a client. Because of this, we have an idea how to administer the RIBT.I assisted our co-interns from PUP in scoring the WAIS-R. While walking along the corridor, I saw a disturbed client on a wheel chair shouting. It is my first time seeing one.

November 16, 2009 (Monday)
Only 1 client came…
For the whole day, I’m with a client named Mr. Rex (Paa); from interviewing to assisting in administering the WAIS-R. It took us really long hours to finish all the tests since he’s slow and easily fatigue.
Ma’am Vicky invited us to observe in her test administration of RIBT (Rorschach) to a client and do her separate interview with Rex and his mother.
After taking our lunch and while waiting for the office to open, Ralph, Carlo, Jake and I play the “Ice Breaker.” It is composed 130 cards with challenging, surprising, probing, enlightening, engaging, enlivening, interesting, and revealing questions. Thru these cards, we get to know each other deeper still. Ralph, Jake and I started playing it November 11. Later on, Carlo joined us, then our co-interns from PUP. We do this every after lunch while waiting.
We met an intern from Adamson University, Manuel Yang. He came to complete his requirements to Ma’am Vicky. He is nice so we did not have a hard time inviting him to join the “Ice Breaker.”

November 17, 2009 (Tuesday)
The UST interns came.
Since last week, there were UST students inquiring for internship and today is their orientation. While an orientation was going on, we were busy with our clients. I assisted in scoring the WAIS-R of Mr. Raul, client of a PUP intern. After the orientation, NEU, UST and PUP interns under the OPS Psychologists were toured at the Pavilions 5 and 8. It is a privilege being there because it is another learning experience.
I understand with what I saw…the place is quite OK except the smell.
Ma’am Vicky informed us that we will start preparing materials for the Social Skills Training at Pavilion 30 tomorrow. Actually, Ralph, Jake and I were informed about conducting such training before (Nov11) and were really excited about it. Ma’am Vicky gave us a fund and were asked to buy manila papers and markers as part of our preparation.

November 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
Jake’s Birthday!
I brought the manila papers and markers. While waiting for my group mates, I assisted again the PUP interns in scoring the WAIS-R. Around 8am, Ralph and Jake came and we started folding the manila papers. For the rest of the day, we wrote each session on the manila papers. For this day we finished sessions 1-5.

November 20, 2009 (Friday)
We continued writing to manila papers…we finished sessions 6-12. After, Ma’am Nimia sent Mai (UST), Jeremy (PUP), Ralph and I to Pavilion 35 to deliver testing materials. From there, Ma’am Rea asked us to assist the UST interns in administering the WAIS-R among the clients there. Mai and I team up to administer WAIS-R to Mrs. Belinda.
The place is good and no bad smell is present.
At 4pm, Jeremy and Ralph went back to Pavilion 2. We, the UST interns and I, finished by 4:30pm…the rest of the interns went home before we came at Pavilion 2. This is my first time to go home by myself since the first day of our internship.

November 23, 2009 (Monday)
Ralph, Carlo, and Jake absent themselves this day to attend the CAS Week Volleyball game. In addition, the PUP interns have class every Monday.
I am alone until the RTU interns came. I arranged the materials for the Social Skills training and retraced the left pencil markings by colored markers as requested by Ma’am Vicky. After that, the RTU interns asked me to assist them in administering the WAIS-R and MMPI to a client. Since were done before lunch and the only client scheduled is done, Ma’am Vicky sent us home early.

November 24, 2009 (Tuesday)
Carlo and I interviewed Ms. Virginia and administered BVMGT, DAPT, WAIS-R, and SSCT. We finished it before lunch and the Rorschach test is left for our clinical instructor to do. Ma’am Vicky sent us home early.
NEU, PUP, and RTU decided to socialize while having our lunch at Mauway Gym nearby, before going home.

November 25, 2009 (Wednesday)
Carlo and I finished our general observation (Physical Appearance/Description, History of Present Illness, Substance History, Family History, Mental Status Examination, Behavioral Report) of Ms. Virginia and hand it over to Ma’am Vicky.
Before going home, NEU, PUP, and RTU planned for a small socialization to the resident clients at Pavilion 8 as requested by Ma’am Nimia. We came up with a small program for them that will commence this coming Friday. We have designated task to everyone and canvassed the prices of the things we needed on the said date.

November 27, 2009 (Friday)
PAPJA day!
Eight of the psychology students, Dr. Ryan B. Coroña and I, attended the 23rd PAPJA Convention at the University of Sto. Tomas. Denisse, Krisha and I represented the New Era University Psychology Program at the Quiz-bee challenge of the said event. Hence, I was not able to attend today's internship. Good thing I was able to ask permission before from Ma'am Vicky prior to the said activity. Next, the scheduled socialization with the in-patients at the Pavilion 8 pursued without me. But there's nothing to be fret about because I was able to inform my groupmates. Also, I have given my contribution.
We won the 10th place! - Out of 36 schools all-over the Philippines that joined this year.

November 28, 2009 (Saturday)
The last day of PAPJA…
We attended parallel workshops and seminars at Miriam College. The said workshops catered array of interesting psychological topics and presentations – about 30 topics. Mini-kits and certificate were given. Though drained from a long-day, we have to gather ourselves together to attend our Filipino Psychology subject this afternoon.

November 30, 2009 (Monday)
The start of our Social Skills Training for the in-patients at Pavilion 30 and 5 was postponed because the request letter made by our clinical instructor was not yet approve.

December 1, 2009 (Tuesday)
CAS WEEK Opening Ceremonies!
All of us in our practicum class absent ourselves to attend the opening of the CAS WEEK that started-off with the “Pamamahayag at Tanging Pagtitipon”. This was due to the request of our practicum professor, Dr. Ryan B. Coroña. We are able to inform our clinical instructor about it and for the interns under Ma'am Vicky, it was permitted.

December 2, 2009 (Wednesday)
Ma'am Nimia asked me to score the MMPI of Mr. Serrano. Although this task was the only task assigned to me and was able to accomplish this day, it put me to a test of patience, endurance, and visual acuity. Only two patient came and were assigned to the UST interns since they just started their internship.
Since only two patients came, Ma'am Vicky sent us (her interns) to a half-day. Before I went home, I passed my handmade clipper to Ma'am Vicky as part of our preparation for the upcoming Social Skills Training for the in-patients.

December 4, 2009 (Friday)
The social skills’ training was approved!
Finally! That’s one of the good news, so far, I ever heard since we started our internship. We did not have much to do today, no clients came, just waiting for a call from our clinical instructors on what to do, and most of the time asks things they want us to do so as get busy, not to get bored and sleepy.
After lunch came, ma’am Vicky sent us on a half-day duty and reminded us to prepare ourselves for our first social skills training with the in-patients on Monday.

December 7, 2009 (Monday)
First Social Skills Training.
This morning, Ma’am Vicky led a short planning conference with us, her interns (RTU and NEU). Since we were informed that the clients that we will meet this afternoon are geriatric in-patients from Pavilion 30 (Chinese Pavilion), we made such considerations. We talked about the refreshments to be served after the SST, the arrangement and proximity of the seats, the do’s and don’ts, the roles that are expected us to play and etc. For this day I played the role of a director in the role playing activity of the SST.
With the budget from ma’am Vicky, we bought plastic bags, “graciosa” (bread from Julie’s Bakeshop), and zesto juice drinks for the refreshments. We walked with ma’am Vicky from Pavilion 2 to Pavilion 30. There are two roads to get there: the long uphill and the short downhill. We tried the long uphill one. On the way, we pass by the Pavilion 5 and we heard sounding screams from patients. We saw some patients on the second floor near the barred window: some quietly looking somewhere, others wave their hands, a few shout, while others dance in nude.
The patients were drawn by a lottery method. We arranged the seats in U-formation, a white board in the front where our visual aids were placed and some interns monitor the patients. We made nametags for us and for the participants. Around 2pm we started the first session with the title ”Pag-uumpisa ng Usapan sa Bagong Kakilala”.
The first session brought us a good learning experience from the preparation to the culmination. Also, enjoyment. Why? Because of the way the patients operate and feedback throughout the session. Not to mention their funny antics that they never knew they have done that brought us bursts of laughter as we recall the whole session while walking back to Pavilion 2. Mang Grendo is the most memorable one because of he’s active participation all throughout the session.

December 8, 2009 (Tuesday)
We, the NEU Interns, were off-duty today!
A week ago, we informed our clinical instructors that we would have a field trip and today it was pursued. We went to Cavite Center for Mental Health and a Drug Rehabilitation in Tagaytay. I was assigned at bus #4 (first year) with Jean Denolo, Prof. Felida Tucker-Rustia and Prof. Nanette Espina Calaor. Though given a short time for each venue, over-all, the field trip was so much enjoyed.
At NCMH, the second SST: “Pagpapanatili ng Usapan” was done with the other interns (RTU and PUP) while we, the NEU interns, were at the educational field trip.

December 9, 2009 (Wednesday)
The third SST!
This morning ma’am Nimia assigned me to finish scoring the MMPI of Mr. Cablao.
At the afternoon, again, we prepared the refreshments and the program for the third SST: “Pagtatapos ng Usapan”. Today, the session was prepared by the NEU, RTU, and PUP. Again, I served as the director of the scenes while ma’am Vicky gave the instructions.
As requested last meeting by the participants, we prepared the juice that can be drink in a cup and today we serve fruit cakes. What was new today? It is the patients want to sing for the whole group. We were surprised by this, so we accommodate the stage for each of them. Though they sung unfamiliar old songs and we can not relate, it’s still good because of their enthusiasm to participate and how they do it.
Compared from our first session, the participants were more active; the quiet and shy ones now speak and participate more. Ma’am Vicky and us were happy about that!
Before we went home, we saw a “taong-grasa” brought inside the Pavilion 2. We learned that he was from Las Piñas. He was old man, dressed with overlapping clothes and still single. Morbid it was, seeing his right hand and left feet in gangrene. Despair may be the right word to describe when the clothes that wrapped the gangrene was removed. I commend the attendant, the lady nurse, and the two male “barangay tanod” attending the poor man, for despite the gruesome situation they were able to do their job.

December 11, 2009 (Friday)
Ms. Rizabel was supposed to be my first client today but I have to leave half of the work to Ivy (RTU) because a call from pavilion 4 needing extra male interns was made.
Ralph, Carlo, Jake and I went to the said pavilion. It’s my first time to be at Pavilion 4 – Forensic Psychiatry. There I met Mr. Matt , a detainee from Marikina, which has murder case. Being there is really a challenge because the patients there are really dangerous. Thus, we have to be at extra care and modify our approach in the testing session. We were able to finish before lunch.
After lunch, we pursued to the 5th SST: “Paghingi ng Paumanhin” at the Chinese pavilion.

December 12, 2009 (Saturday)
The hospital was silent this day…an unusual day.
I thought I would fail to attend our 6th SST: “Pagpapahayag ng Positibong Damdamin”, but luckily I was able to appear before it ended. Filling up of the jeepney made the delay.

December 14, 2009 (Monday)
I administered WAIS-R and SSCT to Mr. Darius . An interview followed. He’s my first client referred for SSS loan…unlike to my previous ones that needed for treatment.
7th and 8th SST: “Pagbibigay at Pagtanggap ng Papuri”
Ralph and I worked together for an interview and the WAIS-R of Mr. Garcia.
As we go on thru the SST, the attendance of our group mates decline…

December 15, 2009 (Tuesday)
A new referral came in the name of Mr. Sherwin. He was referred for his competency to cater an open house charity for the inmates of the Nayon ng Kabataan this coming Christmas. He was with the PUP interns.
At the Chinese pavilion, the Regional Trial Court attorney catered an early Christmas gift giving program. The patients’ happiness seem cannot be contained…
I hope the participants in the SST can still accommodate our brought refreshment for the 9th SST: “Paghahanap ng Makakatulad na Hilig”.

December 18, 2009 (Friday)
We have no SST today because according to Ma’am Vicky, it’s the patients Christmas party…
The arrival of Mr. Jeben for IQ and Projective test sends to a whole day work. His case is interesting…a good subject for a psychological report so I asked permission to Ma’am Vicky, Jeben, and his mother for my proposal to pursue. He’s thrift in speech making it hard for me to collect information. He has to be frequently instigated to respond and seems he needs to be deliberate in his tasks.
He’s my last client…I can’t believe it. I’m half-way thru with my internship…I’ll surely miss it.

December 19, 2009 (Saturday)
Our last SST: “Paghiling”,”Pagtanggap at Pagtanggi sa Kahilingan ng Iba”…
The whole session seem so fast…
We catered porridge for our participants this time, as requested beforehand for our final session. They seem so happy with their new snack with us. They have just informed today that it’s our last session with them. It sends us to awe hearing words what they learned all thru out the session. I’ll never forget Mang Jose’s quietness, Mang Godofredo’s requests and childish antics, Mang Grendo’s songs and cooperation, Mang Agutin’s packed things in his shirt, Mang Graciano’s and Mang Nemencio’s shakes, Mang Rogelio’s smile and everyone. Every session with them awakes the humor in me. Our co-interns from Adamson College, UST, PUP, RTU, the staffs, the clients, Ma’am Nimia, Ma’am Rhea, Ma’am Vicky, psych test manuals and kits, the smell, tables and chairs, lunchtimes, ice breaker sessions, everything…Surely, I’ll miss them.

Social Orientation and Community Involvement at Bagong Silangan Quezon City

It was the 21st of November 2009 when the New Era University College of Arts and Sciences offered an outreach, seminar and workshop at the Barangay Bagong Silangan covered court, Quezon City. Thru the initiative of the CAS faculty and staff and the help of Bgy. Captain, Engr. Armando E. Indaya, the said event was made possible. The event was attended by a number of residents who were victims of the past typhoon Ondoy. The programs Psychology, Biology, Political Science, Foreign Service, and Mass Communication offered diverse services with assisting community to be self-reliant as one of the objectives.
The program started by an opening prayer, which was led by Ms. Jean Marie Denolo, President of the NEUPsychology Society. This was followed by the opening remarks of Dr. Ryan Coroña, the Psychology Program Coordinator. Next, the informative lecture on Disaster Preparedness Program was catered by Mr. Christian Español, a psychology professor. A duet intermission number coming from the Mass Communication students followed. The second lecture was pursued by the Political Science Program on the topic Barangay Justice System with Prof. Belinda Marzan and Prof. Irwin Blanco. A dance number was performed. Parallel workshops like Arts and Crafts rendered by the Foreign Service Program and Acting workshop by the Mass Communication Program proceeded. The Biology Program gave free services on body mass index, urine screening and blood pressure monitoring. Prof, Noe Pobadora, the Foreign Service Coordinator, delivered the closing remarks and Prof. Michael Flores, the Biology Program, led the closing prayer. Lastly, the participants of the said program lined up for the distribution of Gift Packs with the help of the CAS students, CAS staffs, Prof. Adoliam Castor, and Bro. Ferdinand Monterde.

by George C. Bernardo


House Rules in short!

On the amygdala side:
1. Read directions!
2. Wear your smile. It’s contagious! … Life salutes you when you make others happy.
3. Bring at least two jokes and share!
4. Be true, be you!
5. Treat everyone as your family – your secure ground.
6. Be a team player…except on taking exams. Don’t be conditioned to be a parasite.
7. Don’t forget to say some compliments to someone…don’t lie.
Don’t be shy to say “Thanks” after.
8. Leave your worries outside the lab…because that’s where they pick up the garbage.
9. Don’t pretend to be numb. Without pain you’ll do the same mistake.
10. Don’t hesitate to share ideas or else you’re frontal lobe will shrink.
11. Keep your cellphone/s off or in silent mode. Don’t be histrionic.
12. Don’t do vandalism anywhere, you’re not an artist. If you are, do it on the papers.
13. Deep Vein Thrombosis, a disorder caused by being in a fixed position for a long time…one
way of telling us how important “MOVING ON”is.
14. Stop propagating a unicameral form of idiosyncrasy that occurs malevolently in meritorious
piece of clasterubial brain…wag daw tumunganga! Wake up and participate!
15. It’s ok to be abnormal in an abnormal situation – Sir Ryan.
16. Maintain the orderliness and cleanliness of the lab. Don’t leave alone the OCDs
cleaning…you never can tell what will happen next.
17. Consider the “VALIDITY” of the psych-paraphernalia and the facility inside the lab…the lab is
not a place to hang-out, a canteen, a marketplace and the like. It is a place to conduct
psychological undertakings!
18. Notify your professor immediately if any unexpected circumstances happened.
19. Do a good turn daily.
20. Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.
21. Once a psych, always a psych!

On the frontal lobe area:
1. Read directions carefully.
2. Ask for assistance.
3. Eating and drinking inside the laboratory is strictly prohibited.
4. Keep your cellphone/s off or in silent mode.
5. Vandalism is not a tolerable misbehavior.
6. Handle the psych-paraphernalia with care.
7. Should you borrow materials, request to the Psychology Program Coordinator by means of
a formal letter and log in the psychology logbook.
8. Maintain the orderliness and cleanliness of the lab.
9. Use the facility with respect and rationality.
10. Notify your professor immediately if any unexpected circumstances happened.

by George C. Bernardo

PROFILING the "Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom"


"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
This statement reveals Morrie’s previous and early acquaintance to bereavement from his biological mother’s illness and to his father’s tragic death. Also to the death of his friend Norman. These heartbreaking moments really made an impact to Morrie’s life as he reiterate this quote frequently throughout the chapter to emphasize how vital and useful to accept death, and what a benefit it would be to living to what's left of our lives. It also serves as a self reminder to him how fool he and his father was before…if only they have realized it sooner, they would have much time to be warm and caring to each other. As a friend, he would not want Mitch to be like him in realizing too late the importance of living fully without regrets. Also, he serves as an example to Mitch as he wants the latter to perceive how he is able to appreciate the smaller, more genuine things in life.

"If you don't have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don't have much at all. Love is so supremely important."
This passage proves that Morrie is a fan of Auden in saying, “Love each other or perish”. Also, this shares how Morrie pays great importance to family. In addition, with the help of his family and friends – “the spiritual security”, Morrie accepted and did not become ashamed of his disabilities. He embraces this and enjoys feeling like an infant or a child. Since he was so deprived of love in his childhood, he now thrives on the affection and love of others, which is usually the case when we are all infants who are solely dependent on our family. It’s as if he has returned to his childhood and is finally getting the love and compassion he so longed for as a young boy. The security and safety that he feels from his family makes him to think that the love among family members goes hand and hand with letting someone know that there will always be someone watching over them.

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
The quote above acknowledges the idea of Morrie to the importance of investing in people and relating to others which will lead in a meaningful life. It is likely that this insight of Morrie developed during his teenage years at the fur factory when the sight and experience of the environment made him dislike those who exploit people for their own sake. These leads Morrie to think that they were hungry for love, that they were accepting substitutes, and were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. Thus, he chooses to be a teacher who serves to others and to the community rather than a lawyer. The quote is served as a wake up call or likened to a stone thrown to Mitch’s consciousness because he’s guilty with this lifestyle: busy, career and success oriented, chased money and materialistic mentality.


“I was wrapped up in the siren song of my own life. I was busy”.

The passage reveals Mitch’s life before: disheartened and devoted to money and success. He was able to reassess his values thru meetings with Morrie. It also proves how Mitch was brainwashed by the culture he and the society made.

“I felt time were suddenly precious, water going down an open drain, and I could not move quickly enough. No more playing music at half-empty night clubs. No more writing songs in my apartment, songs that no one would hear…”

The excerpt above signified how Morrie was affected by the death of his uncle. This leads him to think that the world was not all that interested and to give up his dream of becoming a musician for materialistic things. This statement from Mitch marked his self-burying in accomplishments. Because of the belief of inevitable death (his natural fate) similar to his uncle, he started to accept as true that accomplishments could help him control things – squeezing in every last piece of happiness before he got sick and die.

“I was ripped with guilt for what I felt I should be doing for him (Peter) and fueled with anger for his denying us the right to do it”.

The statement above uttered by Mitch shows his affect towards Peter (his brother). It can be said that Mitch was guilty, angry and hurt because Peter’s detachment from him and to their family. Also, it shows how Mitch was hurt not being with his brother who is having difficult times battling cancer by himself. Mitch missed his special times with his brother, and then he no longer have what he had with his brother…it is as if he never wanted those special times to stop.

His meetings with Morrie identifies with his father and brother which somehow gave him sense of guilt. On the other hand, he was glad that Morrie allowed him to be close while he (Morrie) was sick unlike his brother.

Because of the situation regarding the relationship between Morrie and Peter, the former learned a lesson about relationship thru the help of Morrie saying “There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like. In business, people negotiate to win. They negotiate to get what they want. Maybe you’re too used to that. Love is different. Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own”.


Is your homework a chore or a reflection of you? Do you beat deadlines? Or break yourself to it? Racing the sun or waiting for another wave to come?
Homework is one of the necessary evils of being a student (Lunsford and Collins, 2003). Assigning homework is one of the ways that an instructor uses to measure students’ progress in the course and to test one’s knowledge of the information that is taught or will be taught in the class. Some instructors seem to use it as an assurance that they have “taught” the information to the students. Many students who are aware of these ideas about homework, tend to treat it as a chore-putting little or no effort into it. However, the way students treat or do it not only reflects how they operate as a student but also as an individual. When a potential employer has to decide whether to hire you or not, your ability to complete the demands will always be one to be considered. The way a student handle homework in college often indicates the way homework is handled on the job. For instance, your grade in class is determined by the quality of homework that you do and can be a significant part of your final grade for the course. Actually, many students can prove to an experience where the grade from homework made a difference in their final course grade then later into the final GPA for the student’s major. Those final GPA shows up on resumes and job applications and this would suggest to the potential employers how homework is done in school as a key factor in determining if the student will do his “homework” on the job when hired.
When a quality homework is done, the next thing to do is to pass it on time.
Learning to pass your homework on time is one of the helpful skills that college students can take with them into the world of work. In traditional sense, although the workforce does not assign homework to its workers, many jobs that need to be completed or warrant attention necessitate that they should work with deadlines. Though deadlines encountered by students at school may be different from the deadlines of the workforce, the importance of meeting those deadlines is the same. In addition, failure to meet deadlines on the said worlds can subject oneself to reprimand. To illustrate, students form a contract with the teacher and the university when they enroll in class. The said contract requires that student should complete the requirements set by their instructor in an exact deadline to receive credits for the course. Likewise as a student risk termination in classroom if deadlines are not met, so does in the workforce. When student fails those deadlines, the student breaks the contract with the instructor and the university and objectives of the course. With this, instructors are left with no option but to fail the student and leave the university to terminate student’s credit for the course. This goes to show that developing good habits of passing your homework in time will aid good performance and position as future participants in the world of work.
So get your homeworks done with heart and bounded by deadlines.

by George C. Bernardo