Frederick B. Lagrada Jr. Public Speaking
“Your greatest opponent is not the people around you. Overcoming oneself is the hardest of all the challenge. How can you defeat someone with the same strength and weakness as you are?”
This was the quote from the TV-animated series Naruto.
* High School
I did not know what exactly it means when I was in high school. I am smart and talented. My skills and performance were impeccable. Compete, and win—these are what I have all in my mind way back then. I was molded by the spirit of competition with the people around me desiring the same thing. To-be-a-cut-above-the-rest rule defines the game. Every day is battle and we are all warriors fighting out of our wisdom and skills. A battle that we should win for honor and glory’s sake.
Great people develop themselves by aiming to be the best and consistently working hard for it.
Section 1. It was a prestige once you belong to this class. Reputation precedes personality. Making your way to this class would mean that you belong to the elite and smartest. We are 40 in the class and we have to maintain our grade to be qualified in this section. Every year, once the number of students exceed in our section, that would call for an examination to cut the number. It was those time that I often burn the midnight oil fearing that I’ll be removed. Fortunately, I’ve been a consistent Section 1 student from first year till I graduated.
Who wouldn’t want to be part of this group when the school offers you the best of what they can provide? They give you elective class (additional subjects) to prepare us for the college. You have the access to the school’s main organization like the school paper and student government. You have the higher chance to be selected to represent the school in various competitions. And if you belong to the Top 20 class, going to college is not a problem since the municipal government would provide you P20, 000 pesos per semester allowance. An...