Organizations Vs. Studies


Written on Saturday, May 31, 2008 by Ennah, the comsci student

Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS) is the premier national student I.T. organization in the Philippines. I am lucky to be a part of the JPCS - APC Chapter as an officer. I was the Directress for Information Security for the last school year. I was suppose to be the Treasurer for this school year. But as early as the last semester, I quit.

Being an officer, I got a lot of privilege. I got to print at the resource center for free, I got to have plus points in one of my subject and I got a lot of free snack during meetings. LOL. I also encountered a lot of people along the way. But it has also its downside. It's hard for me to focus on my studies. Well, last semester, we are starting with our mini-thesis - a waste exchange system for the Philippine Business for the Environment. And it's so hard to work on it because we are only three in the group and the two of us, Alphard and I are officers in the said organization. And I'm the project manager of the team so I was suppose to supervise them but I got into a lot of activities in the organization that I need to cram for our project.

Because our mini-thesis is continuous until next year, I decided to quit even though I know I will miss being an officer and the privileges that comes with it.

Just last week, a friend of mine, Ely, offered me to be an officer of Junior Information Systems Security Association. The organization is catered to computer science students who wants to know more about networking. Ely, as a president of the organization, offered me to become the vice external affairs of the organization. Yet, I declined.

The same reason. I just don't want to be stressed out with the organization and my studies. I just want to choose one.

But I'm somehow sad with my decision because I let to slip two opportunities that came knocking over me. Only few chosen people are given that opportunity but I was not able to grab it. I felt I missed the chance given to me. But who knows, maybe, just maybe, something great will happen.

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