Demerits, detention slips and paddling slips were pieces of paper that you were scared about. Congratulation slips, stars, and Bible stickers were things that you would work hard for. Privileges, filed trips, outings, and the students’ conventions were what would motivate you to work even harder. Rules that were made to build self-discipline. Comic strips that would help you build your character. These are only a few of the things you would miss when you graduate from the S.O.T.® / ACE curriculum.
I was in Bob Hughes Christian Academy for more than half of my life. I started the first grade when I was 5 and graduated when I was 15. So when I graduated I was very excited for college. That meant no more demerits and detention slips for me, no more rules such as ‘no talking,’ ‘no standing without permission,’ and ‘no turning around.’ I kept thinking of how different college could be. There would be no more PACEs, no more monitors to push you to reach your daily goals, no more daily devotionals, and no more comic strips that would encourage you to live a Godly life.
I thought it meant freedom for me, but then I could say I was not ready to face the world outside Bob Hughes Christian Academy.
Facing college was not an easy task. I had a short attention span. I often got sleepy or even dozed off in class. The hard part for me was actually the part where you had to learn at the pace of the class, unlike in the S.O.T.® / ACE® system where you could learn at your own pace. So I had to study which was also difficult for me. I was so used to reading page by page in PACEs that I could barely finish reading a chapter in my textbook. That is when the goal setting came in handy. And since you’re studying by yourself, no one could reward you but yourself. So I had rewards for myself. See, in being in S.O.T.® . ACE® actually makes you self-reliant because after all, in the end, aside from God, the only one who could help you is yourself. Another great thing about the curriculum is the repetition of the lessons. The repetitions, especially in English paces, were exhausting. But you would not get that in college. Sometimes you even have to study a topic without discussion. And this is where self-studying, like with the PACEs, becomes useful.
I could talk on and on about occasions where things that I have learned while I was in the S.O.T.® / ACE® became useful. But I think one of the most useful things I have learned that helped me through college and the board examination is prayer.
Prayer always works.”
God is always there to help you. I have had my fair share of failing grades and 3’s, which was our passing grade during my college days and also during my review period for the board examination, I had test scores that were high but I also had scores that failed. But you know what? Never stop praying! God always has a plan. You may not see it yet but always trust in Him. His way of doing things may not be the way we want it to be, but always trust in Him and things will turn out to be the best for you.
S.O.T.® / ACE has taught me a lot. Not only in terms of education, but also in character building. Today I consider growing up in an S.O.T.®/ACE® school a privilege. You may not be able to see it now, but trust me, you will soon. So if you’re still in an S.O.T.® / ACE® school right now, enjoy your stay because surely you will miss it when you leave.
By: Jasafe Rinon o. Raborada
Top 10 in the Nurses Licensure Exam last June 30, 2015
Alumni, Bob Hughes Christian Academy