I kept on strolling in Silliman when I was there. For one, it’s where the rest of my batchmates I know are studying. Before, they still allowed the public to enter but they got stricter because of issues that were prevailing with outsiders. You now need to have an ID to enter but I was able to go inside through some improvisations. At least you can still study with your jammies and slippers.
The great thing about Silliman is the atmosphere being patterned to the US lifestyle. Being an American University, people flock to dormitories so they can hang out with people with the same curiosity. Another thing I like is that you can just go out after class and play a round of frisbee, tennis, softball, whatever sport you’d find interesting; for sure you can find a schoolmate with the same interest. Or just go out in some local hotspot and chill with your clique.
Unlike here in Cebu, you’d have to pass through the city first before you can arrive at your school. After enduring the busy traffic, all you want to do is go over with your subjects, get done with them and go home. Of course, there are still those drinking sessions in between. But then the laid back ambiance isn’t as slack as here in Silliman. I also thought I’d see some familiar faces but most of the time I couldn’t. It was then that I realized that the usual people I saw 4 years ago were no longer there anymore.
The usual hang-outs have been replaced by a younger generation. Gone are the days when our innocence and naiveness ruled the different nooks and corners of this 61-hectare lot (I got the figure in wikipedia). Once fresh and recognizable faces that you see walking amidst the falling leaves of acacia trees are already faint; and the desires of school patriotism are replaced of pressure of getting out of the student phase so you can step into the harsh realities outside this Dumaguete bubble. We’re getting old, nobody wants to get left behind.
Haha, I talk as if I’m a Sillimanian. Take note, I haven’t studied here! But I guess if you’ve been here, it transcends any form of title or association. Anyway, I’ll shut up now. Most of the pics here are just in the amphitheater. I was too tired to wander around already.
Silliman University (click for a somewhat larger view)
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