I was 22 when I joined FEU-East Asia College; a young, unsure, and starry-eyed professional trying to find her place in the sun. Aren’t we all? Hihihi. :)
I remember being considered as a temp hire for someone who went on maternity leave. I remember, too, how my knees buckled when I learned that I will be assisting the President, no less. You should know, I almost never showed up for my first day of work. Ahahaha! But then again, I did step into the President’s Office on January 28, 2002…and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, a week after my last day of work, I write this post with fondness; and probably, with a tinge of sorrow, too. Fate has been kind to me, gifting me with enough happy memories with the people I worked with to last me for a lifetime. I can genuinely say that I have made lifelong friends in FEU-EAC…and surprise, surprise, it includes my boss. Hihihi! I am often told that bosses usually play the "villain" role in one’s career life; the Voldemort of the each and every Harry. Ahahaha! Honestly, I never understood such logic. Maybe I’m too busy making sure that my boss’ wrinkles are all in the right places. Or maybe because, I actually report to a Dumbledore every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays…which makes Tuesdays and Thursdays tolerable. Ahahaha! Just kidding! :)
I will definitely miss everyone in FEU-EAC, together with the countless meetings, the red marks in documents, the horrendous mancom preparations, and even the sleepless pre-board meeting days. I know in my heart that despite the ungodly hours we put in at work in FEU-EAC, my seven years of stay there is time well spent. I know this because I have learned valuable life lessons through my FEU-EAC family, which I can summarize in four statements:
1. Having the right values and the right intent in doing things leads you to the most optimal solution of any given problem.
2. While it is good to always be business-like, it is beter to foster genuine friendships in the workplace. Friends may not always agree with you, but will never allow you to fail.
3. Mistakes are meant to be celebrated for they are made by those who are actually exploring beyond their comfort zones.
4. People who have talents and skills to show are too busy to take part in office politics. :)
To my FEU-EAC family, I am forever grateful to all of you. There will be no goodbyes for us, as your life has already intertwined with mine. Thoughts of your kindness and love will surely keep me warm in the cold winters of France, and will make me remember that there’s no place like home.