15 Things I Learned About Being an iACADEMY Game Changer


15 Things I Learned About Being an iACADEMY Game Changer

Read on to check out the inspiring words that some of our graduates shared about their experience as iACADEMY students, and their advice to other aspiring Game Changers out there.

 

 

"I grew up and went to [different] schools during my formative years knowing that I was different. I saw the vibrance behind the mundane things. I thought of the quirkiest ideas, and executed them in my own creative way. This may sound fun, but having these ideas in schools that were strict in dress codes and followed everything by the book, was very limiting. So I was more than surprised that iACADEMY gave students the freedom and support to embrace who they really are and express themselves in the most creative ways. Colorful hairstyles, unique outfits, exciting programs, are some of the things, which gave the students multiple platforms to express, and along the way, discover themselves."

Jethro Ian Lacson
MMA, Cum Laude,
Class 2017

"iACADEMY has a great way of encouraging its students to always dare to be different. They want students to deviate from norms and find unique ways in doing things because this is when they achieve something truly amazing"

Michael Chang
SE, Summa Cum Laude
Class 2017

"College for me is one of the most exciting phases in life. It’s when you’re transitioning into an adult as you learn about the different responsibilities and real world lessons while you’re still in school. It’s when you get to decide which career path to pursue and which kind of people you want to surround yourself with. Most of the relationships forged during this period tend to be instrumental and influential as you go on with your life after college. These people, may they be your teachers or classmates, help you be who you want to be. Who knows? These people could be your future colleague, boss, business partner, or even life partner."

Vinzel Frago
BSBA-Marketing and Advertising
Service Excellence Awardee, Active Student Leader
Class 2017

"Life is an endless course of learning. Always challenge yourself and learn things on your own. Never be contented on the things you learn in a classroom, for it will never be enough for your long journey in achieving your dreams. Never stop growing, be curious, and learn everyday."

Jose Noel Lavao
SE, Summa Cum Laude
Class 2016

"Don't settle for less if you can have more. One of my college professors mentioned this line to us and since then I never forgot about it. I always putin mind that if you know you have the capability to be better, you should not settle for less. If you know you can do or achieve more, then do it and don’t just settle."

Karen Cate Arabit
SE, Magna Cum Laude
Class 2015

"iACADEMY taught me to always innovate no matter what I do. To always seek the opportunity to make things better in the wisest way possible. iACADEMY made me realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what you get. I was encouraged to think outside-the-box and think beyond what's in front of me to produce better outputs and solutions."

Michael Chang
SE, Summa Cum Laude
Class 2017

"iACADEMY taught me to never skip the basics. There’s no shortcut to success. You have to start from the very beginning and work from there. This will make you a better person and will pave the way to bigger things. The school never fails to give its student opportunities to take big steps like encouraging us to join national and international competitions. It made me realize that I should always take big steps and be a part of something bigger than what I could imagine."

Michael Chang
SE, Summa Cum Laude
Class 2017

"Being an active student is rewarding. There are various school events and activities where you can volunteer your time and your talent. It helps you gain credibility as a student, builds your leadership skills, gives you countless learning opportunities and the chance to be a part of something great. #legacy ;)"

Vinzel Frago
BSBA-Marketing and Advertising
Service Excellence Awardee, Active Student Leader
Class 2017

"iACADEMY is a bounty of talent. Nothing is more enjoyable than surrounding yourself with fellow creatives who lift you up and provide constant inspiration. Most of the best works are crafted by multiple minds. So don’t hesitate to share ideas with your friends. Exchange inspirations and prompts. You’ll be surprised on how helpful this is in building your work and portfolio."

Jethro Ian Lacson
MMA, Cum Laude,
Class 2017

"Being paranoid about failing can put you in a foul place where creativity is stunted. Take some time everyday to do something brave. Stop holding back because of fear from what others might think. Almost every time, it’s only you holding yourself back. And if you do fail, dust it off. It’s always better to be someone who learns through his own experiences rather than remaining safe and stagnant."

Jethro Ian Lacson
MMA, Cum Laude,
Class 2017

"At the end of the day, it’s best to just be yourself. Be true to your word, and express yourself freely! iACADEMY made me realize that everyone there was just like me: different, but in a special way. It made such a relatable environment for me to play around in, and I got to truly show the real me because of it! Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Your friends and everyone else will love you for who you really are."

John Gabriel Cruz
Animation, Magna Cum Laude
Former CSO Officer
Class 2015

"Don’t compare yourself to others. We all have our own genius and we excel when we focus on where we can utilize it. Once we realize that, there’s suddenly no point in comparing ourselves to others because we know that our strengths are different from others. You could be great at organizing events while your classmate is good at programming. Use your talents to create something innovative instead."

Vinzel Frago
BSBA-Marketing and Advertising
Service Excellence Awardee, Active Student Leader
Class 2017

"College can be a scary place, especially for freshmen and transferees. I was one of the shy types in the early months at iACADEMY. Though, that didn’t hinder me from expressing myself and exploring what the school had to offer. Be open to go adventurous during your first year and in the years to come. There’s no better place to get started than in college!"

John Gabriel Cruz
Animation, Magna Cum Laude
Former CSO Officer
Class 2015

"The school helped me gain an opportunity with Microsoft as part of their program called Microsoft Student Partner (MSP). The program opened a lot of opportunities for me and expanded my network. It was frightening to apply at first but in the end, it was worth it. It was one of the many opportunities that I will never regret ever taking."

Karen Cate Arabit
SE, Magna Cum Laude
Class 2015

"Latin honors, effective org events, rendering a heavy scene, troubleshooting lines of code, and even pag-ibig – all of these take time. Don’t rush college, or you’ll feel all your efforts and achievements would be rushed. You might be stuck on a particular plate, or feel that you aren’t improving your drawing skills. I felt the same way, considering my art skills were pretty poor compared to a handful of my batchmates. Don’t worry! You’ll get better eventually. This too shall pass."

John Gabriel Cruz
Animation, Magna Cum Laude
Former CSO Officer
Class 2015

 

"It's not easy juggling academics, personal life, sports, and other extracurricular activities. They all demand time and could sometimes be overwhelming but as long as you know what’s truly important, it’ll be easier to prioritize and make certain sacrifices."

Vinzel Frago
BSBA-Marketing and Advertising
Service Excellence Awardee, Active Student Leader
Class 2017

"As a VLT scholar, I was under constant pressure to maintain my grades. But this did not prevent me from enjoying studying. The nature of the scholarship provided me enough room to grow as a student, as well as an artist. I was fearless to take risks, to experiment and to follow my own path, while knowing that I was supported by the school, and the people who were kind enough to guide me."

Jethro Ian Lacson
MMA, Cum Laude,
Class 2017

“Quitting comes to mind when all else seems to be so overwhelming, but giving up should never an option. Remember to take that break, enjoy, and utilize that opportunity to recharge and equip yourself for more challenges ahead.”

Jose Noel Lava
SE, Summa Cum Laude,
Class 2016

"I think it's already obvious that school won’t always be a breeze. You’ll find yourself often in situations which can be very difficult. But all of these are just prepping you up for the challenges that can occur outside the comforting halls of school. In the “real world”, deadlines are stricter, profs will be bosses that can be harder to please, and schoolwork will be double the amount but due within the day. It’s scary to think about, but it provides you enough room to assess and ready yourself. No one can really be fully prepared to go venture into the “real world”, but learning to have good work ethic and always practicing professionalism can help you a lot.”

Jethro Ian Lacson
MMA, Cum Laude,
Class 2017

“As C.S. Lewis said, “Things never happen the same way twice.” You can go to school everyday attending the same classes but it never happens exactly the same way as it happened the day before. Lots of things at school could be repetitive and sometimes even boring but it’s up to you to make the most out of your day. I hope you try and make every day better than yesterday, cherish every moment and live life to the fullest.”

Vinzel Frago
BSBA-Marketing and Advertising
Service Excellence Awardee, Active Student Leader
Class 2017

"College taught me that time is unstoppably fleeting. It feels like only yesterday; I was this scared, anxious freshman learning how to cope, and now, I graduated, mostly still unsure about how to cope, but more equipped with the skills, friends, confidence and experience to better manage the things that will be thrown my way. So cherish all the moments you can, pick up the experiences you think will help you, and collect amazing people you’ll be sharing your successes and shortcomings with. Learning will never stop after school. So never lose your patience over the process behind it."

Jethro Ian Lacson
MMA, Cum Laude,
Class 2017

 

Being a Game Changer can mean different things to different people. That’s because every person’s story is different. Do you have any of your own experiences or advice to share? Let us know by commenting below or by messaging us on facebook.com/iACADEMY, and get a chance to have your answer featured.

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