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In photo: JC Libiran, author of the book Byahe ni Juan and director of missionary arm of the Light of Jesus Family called Campus Life, expounded on the decision-making processes of “accepting” and “declining” at the first general assembly of Becarios De Santo Tomas

By Mary Angelique Tacata

Becarios De Santo Tomas, the sole scholars’ association of the University of Santo Tomas, encouraged its members to make “great and impactful” social change during its first general assembly last Sunday at the UST Medicine Auditorium.

Associate Professor Arlene Calara, student affairs director of the university, welcomed the scholars and prompted them to “make a big difference.”

Atty. Lambert Santos, in a talk, challenged the students be a “watcher” or a “player” in playing their specific roles in the society.

“Be a watcher, be updated to general knowledge, always check your facts before you say something,” he said. “Always search for the truth before believing in something and learn to weigh the things that are factual to those who aren’t.”

On the other hand, he regarded being a “player” as being “active in participating not only within one’s community but also out of it.”

In a following lecture, JC Libiran, author of the book Byahe ni Juan and director of missionary arm of the Light of Jesus Family called Campus Life, expounded on the decision-making processes of “accepting” and “declining.”

As students, he said, there are many temptations that can hinder success. He suggested that a mature knowledge in can aid in knowing how to make right decisions.

“We must widen our network of friends but we should make sure that we chose the right ones that will be there in times of prosperity but will stay in times of destitute,” he explained.

Additionally, he advised accepting everyone as peers but declining traits or bad habits possessed by people who might change us in a negative way.

Meanwhile, the scholars donated books to Bonded University Towards Imbued Learning (BUTIL) scholars composed of high school students from Smokey Mountain, Sitio Galilee, Antipolo, Lambakin, and Santa Rosa II, Bulacan.

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