For The Community

Here’s the thing: I have a love-hate relationship with my course. I’m almost four years into it. But even until now I still have moments when I’d ask myself if I’ve made the right decision to shift from AB English to BS Development Communication. For the past years, I keep telling myself, “Okay. I’m doing this for the sake of compliance.” And I’d always look forward to the day when I’m done with all the requirements.  
I’m not saying that there weren’t days and nights when I worked doubly hard for an article or for a project. It’s just that, most of the time, all that in my head was that thought. But sometimes, there are projects and requirements that reminded me how heart-warming and noble my course really is.  
My group mates and I recently wrapped up a series of community radio forum. Its probably my favorite project this semester. I had fun translating English news to Bisaya, and recording my parts for the radio program. When we were in our second year in DevCom, we only had the chance to air our radio magazine program to the class. Airing episodes for 4 weeks to an actual community this semester was an entirely different experience. 
It was hard to find a community at first. People didn’t seem to be interested. What’s even worse is that some of them said that they have already lost hope in the government. Eventually we decided to do the radio forum in the zone next to where I live. We had quite a difficult time finding experts as our interviewees for our episodes. In the end, we still managed to produce episodes and people appreciated it. Some of them were very active during the discussions and were interested about the topics we were going to tackle. 
All in all, it was a good learning experience. My group and I were able to apply the theories we’ve studied in the earlier years of our life as DevCom students ;) Its another one of those eye-opening projects that made me appreciate my course again. 

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