You can take everything I have

You can break everything I am

Like I’m made ​​of glass

Like I’m made ​​of paper

Go on and try to tear me down

I will be rising from the ground

Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper”


Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper is ultimately an empowering song. The song tells us the effects when people would try to push us down. Despite all of our struggles, we should be strong and brave to rise above the challenges we are facing and will be facing in our lives.

Journey in Ateneo

Ateneo? Whenever I heard the name of that school, the first thing that comes to my mind is the word “excellence”. Since I was in grade school, I was already aware of the fact that Ateneo is a school for excellence. I always look up to the Ateneans because I believe they possess the true meaning of excellence. I’ve always heard good things about the school and how the students would excel in their academics. Whenever I would pass by the school’s building, I’d say to myself “Will I ever have the chance to study here?” But I knew that Ateneo is only a dream for me.

I never thought that one day, my dream would turn into a reality. I never thought that I’ll be a part of the Ateneo community. I took the entrance exam and got in to study my second year as a high school student until I graduate. Passing the exam wasn’t easy. I had to focus more on my algebra since I am bit slow when it comes to that subject. Despite of my math problems, I still passed and that’s what mattters most. At first I had doubts that I’ll never survive and most likely fail in my subjects. But I was wrong. I’ve met new friends, classmates, and people whom I can rely on through good and bad times. In Ateneo, I’ve learned new things. In Ateneo, I’ve learned to have fun and at the same balance it with my studies. In Ateneo, I learned to appreciate every single thing that I have. In Ateneo, I grew and became the person who I am today.

Entering Ateneo is not easy. Even today that I am now in my last year in high school, it hasn’t been easy and I know it will never be. It even got harder compared when I was in my seond and third year high school. Wer’e even more pressured and had to make sure that our grades our high enough to be able to graduate. Even though wer’e going through a lot of hard times, I know that it will all be worth it. All the memories shared and the things that wev’e learned through the years will never be forgotten—and I’ll forever thank Ateneo for that. My school, my soon to be Alma Mater.