Highlights: The Senior High School Department College & Career Readiness Week 2024

Story By Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga

Photos By Rachel Mae De Gracia, CVPro

“College involves a lot of reading so please be media literate.”

A Thomasian alumna, who is now studying to become a social studies teacher, advised her fellow Thomasians who are about to begin their college journey during the CST-R Senior High School Department College and Career Readiness Week 2024 Talks.

Chevi Mae Bolito, a member of CST-R Batch 2020, returned to her Alma Mater last February 8, 2024 to become the speaker before Grade 12 Thomasians at the CST-R Cultural Hall.

Thomasian to Thomasians

Bolito, who is now studying Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Social Studies at the Philippine Normal University-Visayas, also shared her tested and proven study and time management techniques. The methods that are helping her to thrive as a college student include the Feynman Technique, Active Recall, Pomodoro Method for Study and Time Management, Time Management Matrix and Rule of Thirds.

On top of all these, the former Humanities and Social Sciences student of the CST-R SHS, reminded Thomasians to keep prayer in handy alongside financial literacy in managing allowances and keeping mental health a priority in order to have a fulfilling college life.

The College and Career Week 2024 has the theme, “Ready, Set, Achieve: Jumpstarting College and Career Preparedness.” The weeklong event is under the C.A.R.E.E.R. Program of the CST-R Student Development and Placement Center that helps Thomasians decide their college course that will eventually determine their career path.

Ma. Nita V. Bolo, RGC, PhD, the head of CST-R SDPC, conducted the Career Orientation, Placement, and Evaluation Survey or COPES Assessment among the graduating senior high school Thomasians last February 6 and it was the first itinerary of the College and Career Preparedness Week.

COPES Assessment is a 20-minute standardized test that helps students find the right occupational areas aligned with their personal values.

Thomasian Tradition

Since it is also a Thomasian tradition, included in the activities were the Career Costume Parade and Skit that section Nuestra Señora de La Salud dominated as champions. Aspiring nurses, doctors, veterinarians, teachers, police and law enforces, firemen, soldiers, engineers, flight attendants, chefs, business owners and artists crowded the make-shift runway at the Cultural Hall last February 12. The parade served as culminating activity of the College and Career Week that also welcomed other private colleges and universities to promote their programs and schools so Thomasians can widen their perspective and options for the future.

Navigating College Life’s Challenges & Triumphs: Chevi Mae Bolito, CST-R Batch 2020, gives her fellow Thomasians the rundown of what to expect from the prodigious college life.
Return Service. Bolito took time off her busy college schedule at Philippine Normal University Visayas to give a college preparedness talk to Thomasians last February 8, 2024.
UNO-Rians in the House. University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos SDPC also gave a college preparedness talk and orientation of college programs to Thomasians.
What Would Love to Do? Career Interest Tests were given to graduation SHS Thomasians to guide them in their decision making process for their future career path.
Thomasian SDPC. Ma. Nita V. Bolo, CST-R’s homegrown head guidance counsellor, spearheads the SDPC C.A.R.E.E.R. Program.
Future Flight Attendant. Section OLG’s Elaine Baynosa receives the Best Career Costume (Female Category) Award during the Career Costume Parade. Baynosa is from the Humanities and Social Sciences Strand.
Batch 2024, Comin’ Right Up: The Grade 12 Thomasians in their career costumes with their class advisers and subject teachers
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