Those Were The Days, My Friend
The University I went to for college, though, had a year-round trimestral calendar so that marked the end of activity-packeed weeks spent in Bacolod or lazy weekends lying on a beach in Batangas and Boracay. Although it wasn't an easy major, the years I spent earning my degree were enriching and mostly fun. Thanks largely in part to the group of friends I acquired during those happy and carefree days.
Nostalgia hit me all of a sudden just the other evening. It got me to thinking about how much I (and my college buds) had changed since the time we entered as freshmen. Of course, that warranted a frantic and determined search for our good old college yearbook. I hit paydirt after about two hours of rummaging through old boxes and this is what I was able to unearth. Embarrassing pictures and cheesy write-ups of me and my friends.
Good thing we've evolved (for the better methinks) both physically, professionally and personality-wise since then...
Although we had lots of "peripheral friends" back in the day, the five of us formed the core. We'd wait for each other at the covered shed near the gate every 7 o'clock in the morning, go to my house whenever there was a long break, have sleep-overs, hop on to the nearby mall and amusement park, watch movies in Makati, hang around in the library or developing/editing rooms or just sit on the floor in front of the deparment. Eventually, Mich had to continue her studies in the States and we were down to four (we still keep in touch via email often).
Our lives have taken different turns and over the years, saw each other through numerous ups and downs. Even if we don't get to meet up as much as we want to, we know our friendship will endure the test of time and distance. Someone once said, "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you've forgotten the words". I'm sure that's true in our case.