But how much more are you, [UP students and alumni] Harvard graduates of 2008, likely to touch other people’s lives? Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received, give you unique status, and unique responsibilities. Even your [university] nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.
If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform for the better. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
-J.K. Rowling, Harvard 2008
read the full Commencement Address here. You can find it in youtube, too.
I just see how one from UP could be given the privilege and burden of having such a big influence on the government and how it could overflow to affect policies that could very well reach the people whom they owe their education to. (please correct my grammar). remember the oblation. mahiya ka kung hindi mo alam ibig sabihin ng Oblation — or ni Oble — kung tiga-UP ka.
i hope we don’t stop at imagination. let’s transform these ‘dreams’ and imagined things into action. stop the apathy, UP.