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.
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.
THE GENERAL ACADEMIC FIELD TRIP
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.
THE GENERAL ACADEMIC WEEK
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.
"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
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