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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.

1. PASSION!

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,
K-Smoove

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Down south for some cool mountain air and the "Ala Eh!" feeling.

Last week, me and five of my blockmates went south to my home provinceof Batangas (though I‘m a person who was born and raised in the metropolis for most of my life). We went there as part of our research for one of our projects. We went to the area by public transportation, taking a jeep from school to the LRT station for a train ride to the bus terminal where we took a bus to the destination. We first visited the municipal hall of Sto. Tomas(which is my father’s hometown)for official business, then afterwards we went to my grandmother’s place for the night. Fortunately, we were able to catch up with the final moments of the PCCL Finals and I was able to witness UST’s victoryover Ateneo in Game 3 for the championship. Then, me and my cousin, went back to town to order dinner for myself and my blockmates as well as drinking water. Afterwards, we settled for the night. As expected, the cool air made for a comfortable and good night sleep.

The following day, the rest of my family arrived from Manila, then me and my blockmates went to the next town which is Tanauan City where the annual Ala Eh! Festival is being held. One of my blockmates who did not join us the first time joined on that day as well. We saw the parade showcasing every city and town in the province of Batangas. We also came to stream of shops from the locals including products from each city and municipality of the province. We had a great time there. Afterwards, we went back to Sto. Tomas to look for land around town for the project we are working on. After scouting the area, we went back home, then my blockmates brought their bags and left going back to Manila.

Well, after my blockmates left, I rested for most of the day. The following day, we celebrated my grandmother’s birthday at a nearby resort by the mountain for lunch. After the party, we packed our things and went back home to Manila.

It was a rewarding time to be back in my home province to get some cool air. As well as the opportunity to do something we want to achieve and make possible in the future. This is just the start of something BIG. I‘ll be back in town soon, and this time I’ll make the most of my time there.

Back home for a reason worth pursuing.
K-Smoove

We SHINED in the DARK. But the work is not over.

After 3 months (at the most) of trials and tribulations, all the success and failures, the preparations and the events leading up to it. It all came down to one Sunday afternoon at the AFP Theater. As the class 3T5 presented Silhouette: A Glint in the Dark, The Search for the Next Miss Tourism Ambassadress 2012 which combines the two varying concepts pageant and dark tourism which has never been done before.

A lot has happened since the time we were conceptualizing the theme and concept for our event to the day of the event itself, to the times when our unity and camaraderie were tested on multiple occasions that tested our integrity and cohesiveness as a section, to the many successful ventures as well as ventures that came up short, now it all came down to one afternoon inside a large theater within a military camp, one shot of getting it right, and one opportunity to show everyone that we are one and we are 3T5.

On the event itself, I was up front at the lobby greeting the guests who are coming in and out of the venue as well giving out souvenirs to the hundreds of people who came in to witness the event.

Anything could go wrong during the entire duration of event, However, despite some criticisms, miscues and accidents. Our event was a resounding success. Even though the event started a little late, the production went well and the response from the audience about the event was generally good. Eventually, the title of Miss Tourism Ambassadress went to the candidate from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Ms. Jo-ann Flores. I do not have the photos of the event as I am writing this blog, but we will have them very soon.

So once again, on behalf of class 3T5, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude each and every one of you who came out to spend a Sunday afternoon of your life with us as well as supporting our event through social media. Our event would have not been successful without your presence and support. Congratulations to all the contestants from the 15 other participating schools, you did very well during the entire duration of the competition. We would also like to thank our sponsors, our event would have not been possible without your support. We also would like to thank the UST-CTHM administration and faculty for extending support for our event. We would also like to thank Mr. Arnel Cruz, our instructor for Meetings and Events Management Class.

On a personal note, I would extend my biggest thanks to my fellow blockmates, the class 3T5. I may have been a “Devil’s Advocate”, the “antagonist”for most of the times leading up to the event, but I would like to thank each and every one of them for keeping me in check when the times were rough. So I will mention all my blockmates, starting off with our captain, “Cap” as I would refer to her, Michelle, our overall event chairman for keeping her integrity in every challenge we as a class had to endure for the past 3 months. To Hosanna our Executive Assistant, Carms our Production Head and Kat our Administrative Head for keeping all of us in check when the chairman is not around. Jeanie our Secretariat, and Kim our Assistant Secretariat. Isa our Budget Head, and Alyssa our auditor. Kym, our Creative Lead. The Programs committee led by Ronileen with Jeruinne, Beah, Cza and Rosary. The Marketing committee led by Cae with Jean, Nicole, Yna, Ellah, Ate KC, Gui, Angel, Badeth, Abi, Dek and Era. The PATS committee led by Claudine with Marx, Amethy, Kate and Ate Monique. The Personnel committee led by Arjay with Prici, Mela, Trixia, Mai, Lak and Shane. My secondary committee the Registration and Logistics committee led by Trudeece with Fatima, Hannah, Precious, Jessica and Hazel. Finally, to my main committee, the Documentation committee led by Riana with my fellow staffers in Pau, Marrick and Sheila.

Well, as a part of the Documentation committee, the work is not done for us. Actually, the real work has just begun for us. Since I’ll be responsible in writing down the events and happenings during our event. All I need right now is a lot of inspiration and dedication to my craft, as shown in all the jobs and tasks I accomplished leading up to our event. Aside from this, there are other commitments in school that we need to work on from research papers to video projects, to quizzes and other kinds of school activities that will come our was as the semester winds down to the last 2 weeks before the Final Examinations are up.

I feel awesome and good that it generally went well for us during the event and was a redeeming grace for me after all the failures I endured and lessons I learned leading up to the day of the event. even though there were some unfortunate events, at some points I myself got sick and had to miss time in class, it all went well. The hardest part may be over, but there are still a lot of unfinished business to work on, and I still need to push even harder to pull off a feat I am trying to achieve right now.

We SHINED in the DARK. 3T5 is all in.
K-Smoove