6 things Thomasian students miss about the University of Santo Tomas (UST)

It has been years since I graduated from my university and countless memorable moments are still in my head. It was all re-lived when I got the chance to visit it again for quite sometime.. So for this post, let me share with you some of the things I know most "Thomasians" can relate with especially if you are from the same college/building.

Tiger inside UST
A tiger inside the campus?! Oh no!

After graduating from high school, I took several entrance tests to a number of schools.. I remember taking a test in Ateneo, UP, and UST. I was not aware of the "big 4" that time nor was aiming at any specific school.. I just wanted to go further and finish because that is the norm lol. But now that I am a bit older, it is just recently that I appreciate things I don't understand back then. Well, God has plans for everything and I think UST was really meant for me.

So let's start the list:

1. St. Raymund's building

St. Raymund's building - College of commerce
College of Commerce

Since I graduated from this college, of course, this would be the no.1 on my list. During my time, our college was assigned on the 3rd and 4th level so getting to class without getting a bit tired is rare (lol). An elevator is present but a few use it - besides, it can only carry a few students at a given time. They say most varsity or athlete students are from this college.. Well, I did see many. I can't guarantee if we have the most though.


2. Accounting building


Accounting building at UST
The building of accountancy a.k.a The Mall

This is the building that all Thomasians love. Why? Because it houses all the food establishments that can serve not only all the students but all the visitors and guests as well. You have two floors to choose from and most of them are the popular fast-food chains we are crazy about. We usually eat here after some morning jogs or whenever we crave something special.. Why not on normal days? You'll know at no. 5.


3. First milk tea experience


Simple line at UST
The start of my milk tea life (lol)


It was our era there that I think I first heard about milk tea. I was like "milk plus tea"? It doesn't sound very well. But as time goes by, students started lining up just to buy it.. even doctors from the hospital are patronizing it regularly. Though I was still not convinced to buy one until a friend of mine encouraged me to have a quick zip from his cup. I still remember telling him that it tastes like metal rust at first but it grows on you eventually and craves for its taste after. I was joking that they might be putting something addicting there (like drugs or something) that people look for it from time to time. 

Their first brand was "Simple Life" but turned "Simple Line" a few years after. Now that the milk tea industry is turning big, I really appreciate them more now. More of its story here.

FYI. For me, their milk tea is still the best compared to the new breeds a.k.a Coco, Dakasi, Tiger Sugar, etc...  


4. DOTA sessions at Pacific Suites


Pacific Suites at UST
Pacific Suites - Dapitan


If you are a gamer and schooling at UST, you should know that this building is not your ordinary building. Haha! Looking for a 5 VS 5 DOTA match? For sure you'll find vast of them here. With more or less than 200 - 300 (as I remember) units of computer, there is no doubt that this is one of the biggest tech playgrounds we had those days. Most of the time they have no vacant chair (yes, even with those numbers) so we often organize immediately after or even before the last class ends. 

We were always excited to form our team of 5 (sometimes 10) and have the adrenaline burst during the games. Haha! Fun times. 


5. THE famous Asturias street


Asturias street - Dapitan
Asturias street - Dapitan

Dapitan is the go-to place of every thrifty Thomasian student. And the most famous street in Dapitan is this street, Asturias street. So as mentioned above (on no.2), during normal days - you'll find us here in this area, of course, when its eating time. It is famous because aside from finding Jollibee (lol), here you'll find the affordable food establishments that would fill stomachs without hurting your pockets.. that much.

More to see in here are the affordable bookbinding and photocopy/xerox services, resto-bars, apartments, computer shops, and more.. As a matter of fact, the first branch of Chiquitos was first established here too.


6. Selecting your P.E. class (I don't really miss this but quite memorable)


One of the gyms inside UST
One of the gyms inside UST


I would have never imagined taking Folk Dance as my P.E. class but guess what, I did it here. Haha! It never crossed my mind that such a unit can be full that fast and early. I don't know what happened and why it happened to us but it did. I forgot what was the other option but for some reason, folk dance was the better one. I heard there was a kite flying class which I would have chosen over this (not to disrespect folk dance but I really don't dance - lol) but as a consolation, I have classmates who are enrolled to the same folk dance class and was worse than me so let us just laugh about that lol!



Main building - UST
Main building - UST



This will be all for now. I know there are more "in my" and "on your" lists like the daily commute stories,  Paskuhan moments, watching UAAP games live (which are crazy), and more.. Let's all tackle them some other time as it will be a great time if I can do a part 2 of this reminiscing post. We'll see..

By the way, I recorded my recent visit at UST and hope you appreciate this video of mine:



If you cannot see the video above, click HERE for it



Feel free to share your experiences below the comment section if you can relate! Haha! Viva Tomasino!



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78 comments:

  1. University or college time is the best with so many memories both good and bad. I love how businesses right from eateries to stationery shops thrive around colleges and universities.

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  2. I have been following your blog from some time now, and I see Michael's little hut is getting bigger. More success to you bro!
    Happy Blogging!

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  3. Oh wow, lots of really cool things to check out. Thanks for sharing, will pin this!

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  4. UST is one my dream university, I bet college life has been a huge part of journey which makes us missed a lot of things. Great share!

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  5. I love my college days too. I've heard so many students vying for a slot in UST. I know a lot of friends and relatives who graduated from this school. If it's just not too far from home, I'd consider this school for my daughters :-)

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    1. At first, I thought it was too far from home too but so blessed that the LRT just completed as the start of the sem. Haha!

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  6. Kristine Nicole AlessandraAugust 26, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Well, hello there, fellow Tomasino! I earned my degree in Zoology at UST too. (I heard this course is no longer offered though). So much has changed since that time I was studying there. So many memories and I made life long friends! I also wrote an article about UST in my blog. :)

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    1. WOAH! Viva! LOL! wow Zoology!? I would've selected a rare course too if I just have known earlier hehe

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  7. Sounds like you have some great memories from your time there. The folk dancing class sounds like silly fun!

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    1. Haha! All I can just do is laugh about it now. XD

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  8. I can 100% relate to the tea experience! Students all over wil always appreciate their first milk experience in schools...I did too! Anyway, I would love to try that milk tea at UST. I'm such a tea fan too.

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  9. When I was a Dentistry student in CEU, I see UST and I used to wonder why they never offered DENTISTRY. I loved your campus--except for the scary nurse labs. I was there for my Tita's capping years ago and it's freaky scary.

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    1. That is inside the main building and even some Thomasians are scared of it LOL. Stories of hearing some creepy ball n'chains being pulled on the ground without any people on the area where it is heard..

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  10. This takes me back memory lane as I remember my study abroad at Kalamzoo college. Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. I've never been to this university campus before, but it looks like such a great place to visit! I'd love to go and explore it myself one day. Hopefully soon. :-)

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  12. Oh my, your college campus is just so amazing! So many memories! I loved my college& just go there for a road trip now & then!

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  13. I have never heard of this university before, but I can see why anyone would miss it. It sounds like a nice university to attend!

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  14. Isn't it weird how the things we used to grip about the most end up being things that we miss!

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  15. You have a lot of great memories from your schooling! I have never been to your campus but I would have to check out some of these places if I ever got to go!

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  16. Well, nice memories you've got there. I finished college years ago, I miss the late night walks, burgers and sharwama. Lol. Believe me, they made the best of those.

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    1. Well, food is mostly part of anything hehe

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  17. College days are the best. The campus above is lovely. I would have loved to have had folk dancing for PE too.

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  18. This University sounds amazing! I heard a lot about it from friends who had the chance to visit your place. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I had so much fun in university and it's fun to remember the good times :) Thank you for sharing your stories with us x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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  20. This campus looks very good. I remembered my college days while reading your article...

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  21. School, high school & university years are always golden! I have memories from primary & secondary schools. When I went for tertiary education, I already had a job, so I studied online on a part time basis!

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  22. I miss my college days too. Those were some amazing days which we will all remember whole life.

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    1. They will always have a special place in our hearts and mind.

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  23. Looks like so many fab and fun times for sure, memories of college and university are great. The first milk tea experience I bet was brilliant x

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  24. It sounds like you made some amazing memories here! I just graduated, so I can relate to having certain buildings or class experiences stand out - the folk dancing sounds like a lot of fun lol!

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    1. It seems you guys are into folk dance ey?! Haha

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  25. The university really sounds Amazing.

    Its really great, hope you had a great experience.

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  26. Surekha-dreamingloudAugust 28, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Oh you miss your university a lot..! That must be mixed sad and happy emotions when you remember your school.

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  27. Sounds like a wonderful place for higher education. I think we can all remember our first college experience.

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  28. Thank you for this wonderful post! I am loving the look o this university and it looks like an amazing place to learn :)

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  29. What a beautiful looking university! Mine was so small compared to this.

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  30. This looks like such a great campus! Sounds like you had a lot of fun in your years there!

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  31. I love my college days! I had great colleagues and so much fun. My college was 80 miles from my hometown, so 20 years after I graduated, I moved to live here.

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  32. I miss my college days so much. When I was in college I couldnt wait for it to end. Now I wish I could go back!

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  33. This seems to be a prestigious UUniversity in your Country. The campus looks so epaceful and just an ambiance taht perfectly fits for the students.

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  34. This looks like a great university! It brings back so many memories of my college days- except we weren’t lucky enough to have milk tea and gaming rooms!

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    1. Wahaha! Still I think no gadgets era has its perks

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  35. Sounds like you had a great experience! It's really telling when a student will miss the campus, says a lot about the school.

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  36. Milk tea sounds interesting and something I want to try. Your campus looks cool. I'd love to go to University at a place like that!

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  37. Hi, another commerce graduate here. Your building is beautiful. College days and the memories we make there are the best.

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  38. Don't you love when there is a thrifty area option for college students! It looks like a great place to do work.

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  39. This looks great university you must have great experience:)

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