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I almost forgot about my very unique experience around 4-5:30 today. It involved me, the super senior, and three young freshmen. I was tasked by the local experimental radio station in UPLB to "train" the freshmen on proper voice modulation (among other things) when talking on radio.

I don't really think I am qualified to train anybody when it comes to radio and broadcasting -- mainly because I'm a BS Computer Science student, too far from the appropriate Development Communication course. Although I had been broadcasting for around 2 years already, that doesn't make me an authority -- or at least I thinki it doesn't.

In that particular training session, I had to tame (literally) three enthusiastic, idealistic, excited, and somewhat "too-disillusioned-still-that-yehey-they-got-into-UP" kind of happy children. It's really the first time I got in contact with children who have just gotten into the university already too eager to try and prove themselves in the first year of classes. It's a tough deal, striking a balance between cynical all business trainor and clown making the session interesting and lively. I liked playing the clown, but they had to know that they were really in for something serious. I wanted to play the cynical all business trainor, but then they were just too young to be terrorized by someone like me.

And besides, I had help in the terrorizing part -- there was Caio providing the points that I missed (thanks man) and Izabelle, who was giving the children a "stare-you-down-till-you-melt-weep-and-beg-to-stop-me" look. It was effective, although it would've gone better had I got more time to work with them. Building rapport was something really hard to do, especially since the freshmen thought I was a teacher (a seasoned one at that). However, I'm glad it was over -- I just hope they understood something I talked to them about.

In fairness, I enjoyed teaching. Much like how I really enjoy teaching in other situations -- although teaching children is something I don't think I would want to do in the near future. I've been trying to like children, but the children I like are just the really smart ones -- the ones who can actually relate to what I'm talking about, or what I really want to do.

All I can really say after all that was: w00t! :D

Chill...

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  1. nice post, man. i enjoyed it. btw, the damn helixcommunity cvs sucks! i've installed python but it just doesn't seem to work. why can't they put it in a zip file just like the other normal person... and i should put this in an email. heh.

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