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Janine Ferisse Galgana
02 July 2011 @ 01:35 am
It's July 2nd, and it's my best friend's 18th birthday celebration later this evening!

It's been a pretty busy week, and I feel that my cramming abilities are better than ever. So many things to read, so little time! I know, I know.. it's a classic excuse. I've never been good at time management, and I'm constantly trying to make some improvements. I guess I really have to work on it since I have the impression that sophomore year would really suck the energy (and the weight, hopefully) out of me. 

An important lesson I learned this week: NEVER leave your calculator at home especially when you have a quiz on accounting. Too bad I learned it the hard way. 
 
I'm currently in the Matteo Ricci study hall. Yes, it's Saturday, and I'm in school because of NSTP. I'm not really complaining about it since I have the feeling that I'll be enjoying what we'll be doing for the coming weeks. We'll see about that. 

Hmm.. I feel that this is getting really random. I better move on to my entry! (Finally!)
 
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Have you ever been so irritated and utterly frustrated inside a movie house? If not, then you're probably lucky!


Yesterday, I met my brother right after our Com 11 class because I asked him to accompany me in looking for a dress to wear at my friends party tonight. Since I'm fortunate enough to immediately find a dress to my liking (and it's on sale, by the way), we finished our agenda early. With too much time on our hands, we decided to check out which films they are showing at the moment, and I was glad to see Monte Carlo, a film starring Selena Gomez, on the list.

Good thing my brother was considerate enough to let us watch Monte Carlo instead of Transformers 3. I've had a tiring week, so I told him I'd rather watch a light chick flick than deal with a nerve-wracking action film with good and bad robots. Once everything was settled - tickets bought with popcorn and drinks on hand - I entered the cinema with the hope of having two hours of pure chick entertainment, only to be disappointed. Not by the film itself, but by the people seating next to us.

A woman (let's call her Person A) sitting beside my brother commented on every scene. EVERY SINGLE SCENE. She kept on talking to the one she's watching with like they're just sitting in the living room of their own home. You know how the storyline of chick flicks could be so predictable, right? Person A kept on broadcasting what would happen next, as if she's the only one who gets it and she's doing everyone else a favor by announcing that the main characters are finally sharing a kiss.

To make matters worse, a man (let's call him Person B) wouldn't switch his mobile phone into silent mode despite the courtesy reminder the cinema flashes at the start of every screening. Person B's phone rang several times, but he just doesn't seem to get it.

Because we already paid good money for our seats, and I also love the actresses in the movie, my brother and I did our very best to still enjoy the film. But of course, I can't deny the fact that at some point, Person A and B annoyed me. Their noise annoyed me.

Until yesterday, my idea of noise is exactly what Person A and B produced, which is an audible sound that could bother you. There are numerous other examples, just like a rowdy group of drunk neighbors who are singing their heart out in the middle of the night using a karaoke machine, the screeching sound a chalk makes when it comes in contact with a blackboard, the rough sound a car engine produces each time you start it, and many more. This was my idea of noise in general, but I found out recently that this is actually not the only definition you could give to the said word.

In fact, in it's broader sense, noise could be anything that causes a disruption or an interruption. It could interfere a conversation or a person's concentration. It could be something that defers or hinders the normal flow of things. Knowing this, we can say that a headache which prevents you from studying with ease can be called a noise. Likewise, a runny nose that keeps on bugging you during a basketball game is a noise. Stress, which is very common to people with busy schedules, is also considered a form of noise.

Noise, most of the time, brings discomfort and confusion. When interruptions arise, optimum communication is not achieved. Unfortunately, this could result to misunderstandings which lead to conflicts. As much as we want to avoid it, noise is something that is almost always present. It's part of our everyday living and it's something that we just have to deal with. And in fact, life would be pretty boring if everything simply falls into place, right?

So the next time I encounter noisy people inside the cinema, I'll just smile to myself and think, "Life isn't life without an an(noise)ing person or two". :)



 
 



 
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Janine Ferisse Galgana
24 June 2011 @ 08:54 pm
Friday, 12:35pm. It's the Loyola School's Faculty Day... supposedly. Thanks to this crazy weather, our family's getting worried that this non-stop downpour will result to Ondoy 2.0. I hope not.

Anyway, before the electricity goes out and the internet servers go down, I shall write my very first blog entry. Hurray!

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While browsing through the notes that I've gathered for this week, I basically had no idea on what the structure of my blog would be like. How do I start my very first post? What else would I talk about apart from the topics that we've discussed during class? But after what seemed like hours of pondering, I decided that since this indeed is my first entry, why not write something which would reflect a little about me?

Communication has been an integral part of an individual's daily life. It's actually impossible to go through a day without doing or experiencing any form of communication. Since we're living in the modern age - we go online, we blog, we send text messages, and we receive calls - communication is practically everywhere. But it's important to know that the term could also correspond to a wide array of ideas and definitions depending on how people use it. That's why it's pretty interesting to discuss it in terms of its contexts, and how we could relate it with our own lives.


I believe that we are in constant communication with ourselves. We may not be aware of it, but we can call that intrapersonal communication. Simply put, it's like talking to ourselves. It's kind of silly when we think of it that way, right? But it's actually nice to know that we have the power to get in touch with our inner being. I know all of us have  moments of deep thought, like assessing how our day went or contemplating on our options when making decisions. Based on my own experiences, it is very helpful especially in times of difficulties and doubts.

If you live in a metropolitan area, it is easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle of city life. A deeper exploration of intrapersonal communication may bring us the peace and calm that we are all looking for, to help us feel rejuvenated every once in a while. It doesn't even have to be talking out loud. Personally, I just fall silent or write my thoughts on my diary. It somehow helps me sort out my emotions and keep track of my actions. And yes, you read that right. I'm turning eighteen on August and I still keep a diary. :)

When communication is between or among people, these are called interpersonal and group, respectively.

No man is an island, as the saying goes. Interpersonal and group communication, as well as the succeeding contexts, hold true to this saying. It is safe to say that life will seem pointless if we don't have the ability to interact and communicate with other individuals - no conversations, no debates, no discussions, no acquaintances, no friends, no relationships. Furthermore, this may also lead to conflicts and destruction since misunderstandings will be all over the place.

Reaching out to communicate with others is no easy task, especially if you're meeting them for the first time. I remember my early years of schooling, where I wasn't the type of kid to approach my new classmates and ask them to play with me. I think this is still the case until now (of course I no longer ask people to play with me), but I think I've somehow gotten better when it comes  to communicating with new people, especially those who I meet in school. Just give me a few exchanges of the usual questions and answers (What's your course? Which high school did you graduate from? Are you part of any organization?) and I'll be comfortably conversing with you in no time.



Me with Diane, my best friend since Fourth Grade
 

Block R in Enchanted Kingdom

 
When you consider communication using these contexts, I can no longer imagine life without it. Thanks to it, I was able to meet people who are close to my heart and establish friendships which I would really want to keep forever.

Next on the list is organizational, communication within and among an environment which is goal and process-oriented. Back in high school, I used to join different organizations. I was a CAT officer, I was part of the student council, the Z Club for Zonta Philippines, and many more. Being part of these made me learn about the importance of hierarchy. It is significant to keep in mind that in organizations, there are chains of command that must be followed. Disregarding these may result to having people offended or it may even be an act of disrespect to your superiors. Likewise, information dissemination in organizations often follow this hierarchical arrangement.

I am happy that I've already tried public/rhetorical communication, which is communicating to a large group of listeners. When I was in grade school, one of my teachers asked me too be a mass commentator for the Mass of the Holy Spirit which is usually celebrated at the beginning of each school year. From then on, I got involved in different activities involving public speaking. I've tried being an emcee for various school programs and I even got to deliver a speech during our high school graduation.



Me as an emcee during a friend's party
 


My brother and I as readers during our Confirmation Mass

 
I feel so blessed to have these experiences for I believe that these have made a big impact on my personality. I'm usually a shy person, but whenever I'm asked to participate in events like these, somehow I gain confidence and I am able to see my self in a different light. Maybe this is also the reason why I chose a college major which offers communication.

The last two contexts of communication that I have yet to try are mass and intercultural communication. The first one refers to communication to a large and diverse set of people through mediated channels, while the latter is communication between and among members of cultural backgrounds.


Source: http://media.onsugar.com
 

I still have a long way to go before I could actually get a job. As of the moment, my interest is still geared towards media-related fields. If the circumstances permit, I would love to try out broadcasting. It doesn't even have to be a work as a television personality; working behind the scenes is fine with me. Who knows, maybe I could work on my writing skills so that I'll be able to get a writing job for newspapers or magazines. There are a world of chances in this field, and I just hope I'll be lucky enough to have opportunities waiting for me.



AIESEC: The largest student-run organization
 

I'm actually excited for the coming months, since I'll be communicating with people from other countries through one of my orgs, AIESEC ADMU. I'm part of the Incoming Exchange Department, and my current task is to look for international trainees who are interested to come to the Philippines for a job or an internship. It's a pretty cool process, since I'm required to communicate with them through email and I will also get the chance to interact with them once they arrive here.

I also have a Korean friend who is my classmate in Aerobics. Since I'm interested in Korean entertainment, we always have a lot to talk about. I believe that communication with people from a totally different culture is very educating and fun at the same time. We are able to compare our differences, and in the end, learn something significant from one another.

Communication is indeed a broad topic, but discussing it in context can help us understand it more. We can also say that it's a powerful tool - when used wisely, we'll be able to make huge differences, not only in our nation, but all over the world. Writing this entry made me realize how big its influence on my life is, and I'm looking forward to more of it in the coming years.


 

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