♠♥ A Jack of All Trades ♦♣ A publication about the General Academic Strand


What is "A Jack of All Trades"?

A Jack of All Trades is a magazine that is derived from the figure of speech "Jack of All Trades" which refers to a person who is skilled in many things and occupation. The magazine used this name in order represent the diversity of the talents, skills, personalities, achievements, and philosophies that the students in the General Academic strand possess. And that the General Academic strand as whole is similar to that of a person who is called "Jack of All Trades". This magazine aims to show the life of the students in the General Academic strands, and through this, the magazine hopes to show that the General Academic strand is more than its stereotypes. It is a strand that comprises of people with different talents and skills, and were able to find success and happiness despite all the social pressure that they have experienced.

“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.” ― Brenda Ueland

THE general academic STRAND

The General Academics is one of the 4 strands which are available in entering Senior High School or SHS. The 3 other strands available are HUMSS or Humanities and Social Sciences Strand, ABM or Accountancy, Business and Management, and the last one is STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics strand.

While they all have their own special subjects, GA will be taking some of the special subjects of the other strands as to help them find out ad develop what strand they want to achieve in college. These are the subjects being taken by GA students,

1. Humanities 1*

2. Humanities 2*

3. Social Science 1**

4. Applied Economics

5. Organization and Management

6. Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction

7. Elective 1 (from any Track/Strand)***

8. Elective 2 (from any Track/Strand)***

Even though all these strands have these specific subjects, they will still need to take up Work Immersion/Research/Career Advocacy/Culminating Activity.

The General Academic strand is well-known as a strand for immature students who haven't thought about their future. This was the statement of Isagani Cruz in his article named "The General Academic Strand", which is currently under the mini-critique column of The Philippine Star gazette. There were already different negative stereotypes given to the General Academic strand, since it is known to be a strand for the undecided. They are given remarks by the people within the school community that they are the students who weren't able to get their desired strand since most of the students there failed to be accepted in their chosen strand, and end up there.

“...talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.” ― Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

what is in the general academic strand?

This part aims to highlight the events that involves the whole General Academic strand of the Ateneo de Manila Senior High School, such as the General Academic week, Retreat, and General Academic Field Trip. Each strand offer different activities relevant to their specialization. General Aacademic strand is known to be a flexible or a free-for-all strand because most of the students here are undecided yet of what career path their taking. The Field Trip and General Academic week of this strand really establishes its identity as a strand. It distinguishes us from other strands and stand out. These events made the strand even better. These activities involve the 7 sections of the General Academic strand which are Canisius, Campion, Brebeuf, Chabanel, De Brito, Favre, and Gonzaga.

An almost one day activity that promotes the spiritual well-being of the General Academic students.

Finally, each section from the General Academic strand went to a Retreat in the Loyola Retreat House at Angono, Rizal. This helped us release stress and tension from school and other things in the city. Throughout the Retreat, we were asked to reflect upon our relationship with God and examine it. The activities we did like Sharing our crosses and other stuff made our bond as a class stronger than ever before. This truly is a memorable highlight of our General Academic strand life.

An event that made the General Academic students experience the life in a farm, and allows them to navigate a traditional church.

The seven sections in the GA strand, namely Canisius, Campion, Brebeuf, De Brito, Favre and Gonzaga, had their Field trip last December 11, 2016. Field Trips are meant to explore other places together as a class and in this case, also as a strand. This promotes unity and harmony within the strand itself. The first destination of the Field Trip is National Shrine of the Divine Mercy located in Mariloa, Bulacan. Here, we get to see its different features through the different places in the vicinity. We get to admire and appreciate the museum, sculptures, and so many more things to look at. The Church itself is a piece of art that reflects their devotion their faith and to God. After some time spent, we left the Church and moved on to our second destination, Salikneta Farm. This farm, owned by De La Salle Araneta University, promotes agricultural life through various farm activities featured in the place. Within this place, we actually experienced how farm products are being harvested, process, and other things to do. They also toured us through their plantation that involves making some of their products like Calamansi Juice and others alike. We also get to learn the science behind agriculture and how they apply it in their farm, plantations, and so on. The places we went to didn’t seem much but it is still fun to go to.

An activity that promotes the creativity and cognitive ability of the students in the Senior High School.

General Academic week is made to celebrate the strand through different activities in that week. Activities such as stained glass completion, quiz bee, relay, and fun run help make General Academic week complete for the students. Career Exploration Talks, also known as CarEx, is present during General Academic week to offer us different career paths for us to follow. It also helps us find what our passion is through the inspirational talks given by people successful in their field. With all this, the General Academic week is considered to be a success.

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

a strand with a potential to rise

A big stereotype that students have about the general academic strand is that the students in that strand are relaxed, lazy, and don’t study. While this stereotype may hold true for some students, a lot of students in GA are like regular students, doing their best in their studies and in their sports. Some students even excel in what they do, either it be in an academic or in their extra-curricular.

One example is Julia Ocoma, who has represented the school in different countries for her org, the Ateneo Debaters and has won awards from them. She is also a scholar from Ateneo De Naga University. There are also many scholars who joined the General Academic strand like AJ Alceso, and Anette Tanquintic. Furthermore, there are also students who represented the school in the field of athletics. Diego Montes and Austine Dy are also good examples of showing that the GA strand students are not all “patapon”. Both of them are part of the national taekwondo team and have recently won medals at the QCAA Taekwondo Championship held last month at the Ateneo Grade School. Not only that, but both have also improved in their grades, most especially Diego Montes.

Students who were able to bring glory to the school.

These students are just some of the many achievers in the strand who show that GA is just like any other strand. They show that GA is just as good as any other strand, and that the potential of the strand is limitless. These students just exemplify the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, and they do a hell of job with it too.

"One thing I've learned through all the ups and downs is that if you're doing things right, then you have a core group of people. Not just a core group like your homies or your buddies, but a group of people that has a good influence on you, who you respect and admire, and you know that if they're on your side, you're doing something right." ― Hope Solo

a strand that welcomes everyone

You might think that the life of a General Academic student is just fooling around and having a happy-go-lucky mentality. Even though this is sometimes true for some students not just in the General Academic strand, but to all strands in Ateneo Senior High School, we still thrive for the best and determine to reach our goals. People might think that those who are in General Academic strand don’t have a true goal in life. Well, if you look at what happen in the past months, a lot of General Academic students earn countless achievements that represented not only our school but also our country. Here in General Academic, academics are not really stressed out. Yes, students care about maintaining their grades to pass Senior High School, but they do not stress about it. General Academic students, especially in my class, would rather have fun and relax about school, knowing their limitations. Students in this strand also help one another, like making a group study to help their classmates and making reviewers so that they can understand the difficult lessons a bit easier. Finally, here in General Academic strand we don’t really care if you have a ton of skills, very high IQ, or loads of talents. The important characteristic that you must have here in General Academic strand is that you’re open to everyone and that you respect them on how they live their life knowing that General Academic strand has a lot of students that have different goals and dreams in life. That is why they are in General Academics.

"We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests." ― Sheryl Sandberg

it's more than the stereotypes

General Academic is a certain strand that has all these stereotypes such as "General Academic is for stupid people", "General Academic is just basic", and " General Academic is the lowest strand". The stereotype of "GA is just basic" is true but not basic as in they're for stupid people, basic in a way because they really do take up Humanities 1, Social Science 1, Applied Economics, and many more starter subjects for HUMSS, STEM, and ABM but this doesn't mean they're basic. Also the stereotype "GA is for stupid people" is really irrelevant. It doesn't necessarily mean that you're stupid if you take up General Academics. General Academics also take up subjects being studied by the other strand and only General Academics strand is the strand where they take up all the starters for the other strands. General Academics strand helps students figure out their course in college and some students who choose General Academics strand are just unsure with their strand and just went with the strand that provides some subjects of other strands.

The students who belong in the General Academics strand are more than the stereotypes. They are students who have the capability to rise despite all the social challenges they face coming from different people in the community. They are the students who tries to break the boundaries given by the people around them. They are students who are academically and athletically talented which are honed with hard work and dedication. They are endearing to others and always welcome to differences by the people around them. They are all "Jack of All Trades".

With this, we would like to end it with a motivational video saying that there will be always haters, doubters, non-believers, wrong beliefs and then there will be you, proving them wrong.

Published by: Team JulliEngo of 11-Favre

Kyle Aranas (Editor-in-Chief, Layout Artist)

Dominic Engo (Features Writer)

Daki Hernandez (Features Writer)

Gabriel Ragasa (Features Writer)

Santi Ubaldo (Features Writer)

Credits to Irish Cariaga, Anya Dael, and Mrs. Moca Dator for the photos used in this online magazine.

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Kyle Edric Aranas


Irish Cariaga, Anya Dael, and Moca Dator

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