My name is Lindo Lindo. I am a 20-year-old Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication student from the Philippines premier institution of higher learning, the University of the Philippines. I have been selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). It is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State that provides scholarship awards for undergraduate, non-degree study in the United States. I have been awarded a one-semester at North Central College in Illinois, USA. My Global UGRAD shall begin this coming January, 2010.
Whew! That was a a stiff introduction. And since this space is an active resource for flies on the wall and international students wanting to interact and learn from each other’s experiences, I’d rather not bore anyone with an intellectually penetrating essay or bombard people with profundity. Like Tina Turner’s take on John Fogerty’s Proud Mary, I kind of like to do things nice and easy. However, as my adventure gets filled with excitement and challenges, I’d like to do it I’d like to do it nice and ROUGH! This is the way I do BLOGGING. (I just have to inject similarity with the song.) That is in order to keep us burning and rolling in this online activity. Now, that is corny!
If you had the chance to check the 2009 Travel Video Contest, you would remember my video entitled, The Study Abroad Show. It won third place.*applause* If not, you might want to watch all the videos. Just browse on the site’s contest page. I am sure it is worth spending your time.
I would like to congratulate all the video contest participants. With the experience, we are already winners. My deepest gratitude goes to internationalstudent.com and its panel of judges for choosing my video. It sure was a tough job, and they did great! *applause*
Mr. Keith, opening your email message indicating my win was a momentous clicking of the mouse! Thank you for inviting me to share this blogspace with Laura. I promise to do best as your Study in the USA Blog blogger.
This is my chance to get personal and send my warmest thanks to my friends who helped me in producing my precious video:
To Ian, thank you for letting me borrow your video camera. To Nigel, thank you for the microphone and tripod. Now, I know to whom I can borrow the equipment if I need to procure one.
I would also like to thank DPS for allowing me to use their facilities as location for my shoot. The support is greatly appreciated.
To my dearest friends, Aprille and Beryl, I am grateful that you had to sacrifice your time to assist in the shooting phase of the video.
Of course, to my Tia Ella, I would not have been able to submit such excellent piece without your editing prowess. Your mastery of the craft will inevitably bring you to greater heights. With your guidance, I was able to level up my editing skills. I owe you big time! My video found shelter under your UmbrElla.
And to friends and people who believed in me and voted my video. I will never fail you. I’ll keep on dancing to the music and continue doing those Chaplin routines.
Last but definitely not the least, to my mom who was unaware the whole time that I was going to include her in this competition and is still in utter surprise after finding out, your love is the reason why I am winning through life’s challenges. Your cameo appearance was a hit!
Ooops! Sorry for turning this blog into a melodramatic account of my video contest experience. I just have to express my debt of gratitude. These people inspire me to do my best in the journey that I am about to embark on.
Before I ring down the curtain on this entry, I want to invite everyone again to take the journey with me as I travel to the US and experience the American life. With this blog, I really hope it becomes a memorable and life-changing one. Though these words are way too fantastic, I do mean it.
As much as possible, I would like to keep my entries short. But for starters, I can’t help but talk the hind leg off a donkey! Don’t worry. I’ll keep it short next time. Salamat! (That’s Filipino for Thank you.)
More to come!
Lindo Lindo a name so nice you’ll say it twice!
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave! The Star Spangled Banner
(I have been practicing the anthem frequently)