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Tips on being a successful quiz bee competitor!

A few months ago, one reader of this blog left a comment on this blog asking for tips on competing in quiz bees. However, I just read the comment a few weeks ago. I left my advice, but I have no idea if she was able to read it. So in this blog entry, since I’m a person who is happy to share things, I’ll give you some of my tips to be successful in quiz bee competitions.


The most important of them all! You have to give everything you have whenever you’re up competing in these competitions. You must love the feeling of competing, as it is always an honor whenever you carry the name of your school. Few people are given a chance to do so, The drive must come from within yourself, not from the people around you. As proven in any endeavor in life, pursuing  your passion will go a long way!

2. You don’t have to necessarily be the TOPNOTCHER to compete.

Most of the times, those who are leading their classes will be picked to compete in quiz bees. Unfortunately, sometimes the lack of passion to compete in these kind of competitions leads to poor results in competition. 

On my own experience, I wasn’t in the Top 50 of our batch for the entire duration of my college life. Fortunately, my coach back then, did dug deep into our batch to find me. I even had the notion that there are a lot of people better than me to compete since on paper I’m not the best student around. Yet I seized the opportunity and the rest was history! If you’re in the same situation as I was, do seize the opportunity.

There is always a significant difference between being good grades-wise and being good competition-wise.

Of course, convincing your teachers is always important. You should come out to them and express your desire in competing. As long as you have #1 and the willingness to learn beyond the things taught in classroom. You will put up a good fight every time to compete.

3. Learn something NEW every day, go beyond the books in class!

Yes! Questions that may come out on the quiz bee aren’t always based on textbooks or powerpoint presentations presented in class. It may come out from other sources. Keep yourself updated even on weekends! Go check out the news every single day and read other books that aren’t discussed in class. Who knows? It may come out come competition day and could be the difference from falling short or bask in glory.

4. Have the presence of mind to learn new things that you know will be tackled in your future studies.

Say for example you’re a second year student, most of the topics in a competition per say will be topics you know will be tackled in either your third or fourth year of your studies. People would tend to be discouraged to learn things beyond their years. However, in the lead-up to the competition, you have to be ready to learn these things. Take every opportunity to learn these things. It will also be beneficial for you as you will gain an advantage in your class when you will be tackling these lessons/information you learned in training.

5. Your school academics is always a priority, yet devote enough time for preparing for the competition.

Competing in quiz bees will never be a top priority over your academic performance in school. It is important to maintain a good standing in class. However, do allot enough time, time where you’ll be comfortable, where you will set aside your academics and prepare wholeheartedly for competing in quiz bees.

6. If you’re competing as a team, get to know each and every one’s specialties.

In team competitions, in order to build team chemistry, you have to know to which parts your teammate is good at and things they need to improve on. Let them focus on the things they’re strong at, while you focus on all your assets. If there are some topics where every one on the team needs to improve on, learn it together! 

Doing things beyond training like going on a simple lunch together can do wonders to build team chemistry. I’m sure it applies to all aspects of life. Travel, Sports, Career, Business, etc.  

7. In competition, savor the moment!

Pressure kills and will be the difference between success and failure in competition. On competition day, come in composed, relaxed and see everything as you have nothing to lose! If you don’t win a place, that’s alright. Treat it as a learning experience for you to get better so you can come back next time swinging. Savor every moment! Imagine, you’re the one representing the hopes and dreams of an institution. Few people are given the opportunity to do so! If you got a question right, that’s great. If you got a question wrong, drop it right away but do remember it back after the competition. 

Getting a place is a bonus! Ending up as the champion is a blessing! What’s important win or lose is that at the end of the day, you know you put up a good fight!

8. Lastly, be thankful and stay humble!

Be thankful to your teachers who gave you the opportunity to compete regardless if you win or lose. Be thankful to your family and friends who came out to support your endeavor.

If you do win! You can enjoy the moment! Bask in the glory of your victory! But at the end of the day, be a humble pie.

These tips I give to you all, you can take it or leave it away. However, if you will be given an opportunity to be in the same shoes as I am. Remember, that winning isn’t everything, you’ll learn in defeat to be a better guy. As a quote goes “Fall seven times, stand up eight!”

To those, who love to be in the same shoes I am, I do wish you all the best in all of your endeavors!

Giving back,

Tips for CTHM Freshies. Loud and proud, we stand out.

It’s been two days already since the #TipsForUSTFreshies began trending on Twitter, tweets with the hashtag were posted by many Thomasian students. Blog posts (including my first post) were made with tips for our freshies. Even videos were posted about these tips (you can check one of the videos, this one by themayansprophecy)

Since I’m a Junior student of the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management taking up Travel Management. I thought of posting tips which are applicable to the freshies of our college. So here are some of my tips for our CTHM Freshies.

#1. I can assure you that you will have a great time in your Filipino class. It will be a journey unlike any other with Sir Alvin Ringgo Reyes. (Unfortunately for 1T5 “I’m from 3T5, so you’re the new breed who will carry the T5 banner in your batch”, you will not experience his teachings this semester.)

#2. For Travel Management freshies, Prepare at least P1,000 for the book with CD. (It is not advisable to use borrowed and/or books bought or passed on from upperclassmen.). It’s better to buy a German-English dictionary to compliment your studies. Google Translate is not reliable. PAY ATTENTION to your Daf-Lehrer. (Daf-Lehrer is your German professor), if you don’t, you will miss a lot of things.

#3. Follow the dress code accordingly. The college is strict in implementing the dress code. Non-compliance will result to sanctions. Dress code implementation is way stricter for ladies, so please be mindful of the way you wear your uniform. For gentlemen, they look more on the haircut.

#4. For Travel Management freshies, The events by us Juniors will come to your classrooms very soon. So prepare yourselves for a lot of educational, fun and awe-inspiring events. So please support our events, once we get things rolling along. You will also get to do this by the time you reach third year.

#5. For HRM freshies, There will also be events, this time it’s from the Seniors. So please support their events, once they come along to your classes.

#6. For HRM freshies, Prepare a scientific calculator for your Math class. Also, it is not advisable to skip your classes, so don’t even try to skip this class for a long period of time. You may not like it in the end.

#7. Our uniform is one of the best uniforms anywhere not only within the University Belt, but also the entire country. So wear it with pride and honor. It is not a SM or National Bookstore uniform. (I had an experience in National Bookstore at SM San Lazaro in my uniform looking for some supplies. Then a lady came to me and asked “Nasaan po yung mga papel?”)

#8. In the Albertus Magnus Building (our building together with Education, Music and Education High School), odd numbered rooms are on the front side of the building, while even numbered rooms are on the back side of the building.

#9. Be a active member of the organizations within our college. For Travel Management freshies we have the STS (Student’s Tourism Society). For HRM freshies we have the HRMS (Hotel and Restaurant Management Society). As well as a host of other organizations you can join like the CTHM Pax Romana, CTHM Chorale, CTHM Journal, CTHM Tiger Flairtending Club, Intenzyc Danzerge and many other clubs to join. The org fair will come very soon.

#10. The Dean’s Office is located on the first floor on the back side of the building. Besides the Education High School library.

#11. For Travel Management freshies, get to know “Blue Madame”, for HRM freshies, get to know Chef Sam. These professors will play a role in your stay in the college.

#12. CTHM is the college of the most beautiful according to the Rector Magnificus.

#13. Remember this song “On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese…”

#14. Gentlemen are a rarity in our college, especially in Travel Management.

#15. Don’t forget to get updates from our CTHM Student Council. You can add them on Facebook. and follow them on Twitter @OfficialCTHMSC.

One last word I can give to you, our CTHM freshies is to STUDY hard and PRAY hard. Find a balance in the time you spend every day. Make a lot of strong connections with your fellow classmates, batchmates, and your upperclassmen (Ate’s and Kuya’s). The schedule can work for you or against you. So make the best of your time. College life is not a walk in the park. There will be challenges along the way. Face every challenge and learn from every step you take in this journey called “College”.

Enjoy your stay here in the University of Santo Tomas College of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

So these are some of my tips for you guys and gals. I hope you learned a lot from these tips I gave you in this blog entry. You can ask more tips from other students in our college. Also remember the tips which are applicable to the entire university from the reg form to pictures and index cards, from The Arch of the Centuries to places to eat inside and outside UST.

Don’t forget to share this with your fellow classmates and batchmates.

I hope to see you guys soon inside the Albertus Magnus Building.

Some tips worth taking for our UST Freshies.

On Twitter, there was a trend run where Thomasians give #TipsForUSTFreshies. It’s a yearly trend for Thomasians to give tips and advise to the Freshmen who will study here in the University. I joined the party, So here are some of my tips for the incoming freshmen of the University of Santo Tomas that I posted on Twitter.

CTHM Freshies, Get ready for the time of your life in Filipino. You will have loads of F.U.N.

The Main Building is not a church…. the Church is just next door… 😉

Your Reg form is your ID until you get you’re real ID later in the sem… Don’t lose it…

Don’t forget to try the food at Mang Tootz in P. Noval. You will have a good time there… 😉

CTHM Gals, remember the heel height. CTHM Dudes, yes may haircut inspection pa rin

CTHM Freshies, sa paghahanap niyo ng rooms… Nandito lang naman kami… Officer or not, we’re ready to help..

Travel Management Freshies, Get ready to speak Deutsch!!! :-bd

Travel Management Freshies, Buy a German-English dictionary..

Hindi limitado sa Carpark ang pagkain… labas ka ng UST.. Sa P. Noval, Dapitan at Asturias… 😉

HRM Freshies, Don’t even bother not showing up during Math… otherwise, you’ll be mark absent.. No excuses accepted

CTHM Uniform is not a National Bookstore Uniform #MyExperience..
Try out Ate Yema’s sweets… :-bd There good.. She roams around the campus.. Say Hi! when you see her… 😉

Always bring your umbrella and slippers… 😉 Check the weather before you leave… 😉

Join orgs.. On Org Week both University-wide and Local…

You can’t browse Facebook, YouTube etc. with UST WiFi… If you want to browse these sites.. bring a USB WiFi stick…

It’s not cool to “PDA” around campus…

CTHM Uniform is not also an SM Uniform – from @GMAtanacio

Travel Management Freshies, prepare at least P1,000 for your German book..
CTHM Freshies, Our uniform is one of the best uniforms around.. Wear it with pride.. 😉

Yellow Pad is more used than Intermediate Pad..

Travel Management Freshies, the events by us Juniors will come to your classes soon… So prepare for the ride…
Support your UST Growling Tigers not just in Basketball and Salinggawi but also in other sports..
Most UAAP Basketball games this year, sa Mall of Asia Arena na… Though may ilang games pa rin sa Araneta Coliseum
Engineering Freshies, 15 units bago kayo ma-debar… And mag-aral kayo ng mabuti… mahirap mga aaralin..
RT @GMAtanacio: CTHM is the college of the most beautiful according to the Rector Magnificus 
CTHM Freshies, Know who’s the Fairy GodTeacher?
CTHM Dudes, We’re a rarity in our college… Make it count…
Theology is not just your ordinary Religion/CLE class in high school
Get ready for the “war” at myUSTe at the end of the sem… haha =))
for CTHM, remember this song “on top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese…” – From @GMAtanacio 
If you’re coming from QC going to Quezon Avenue. Please leave early.. Trapik sa Araneta Ave. May ginagawang tunnel..
Fireworks in UST are the BOMB!!! :-bd

Control lang sa pagka-bibo.. baka maging officer ka ng hindi sa oras.. haha =))
Once you get you’re ID, take it with your own life… Mahirap mawalan ng ID… mahirap magpapalit..
As Sir @GMAtanacio once said, during exams, don’t forget to pray to St. Jude Thaddeus..

CTHM Freshies, Don’t forget to check updates from your @OfficialCTHMSC

Kung ganun PE nakuha niyo this sem.. ganun na talaga…
Once you have your ID, always wear it while you roam around campus…

CTHM, Education and Music Freshies, Even numbered rooms at the back side, Odd numbered rooms on the front side..
Here’s one tweet I want to say to you CTHM Freshies:
CTHM Freshies, I can’t wait to see you guys around campus.. 😉
Well, these are some of the tips I can give to all the incoming freshmen of our university. You can also check out other tips and advice by checking looking for #TipsForUSTFreshies on Twitter. You can see tips that will apply both university-wide and also in your respective colleges.
See you around campus.. 😉