The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP) held a virtual orientation on September 10, 2021, to formally welcome its new freshmen and to introduce them with the people and services of the Institute. This is the second time that an event of this kind was done via an online platform, last year’s being the first. There were over 300 participants including the 178 new students of the undergraduate programs offered by IMSP namely BS Applied Mathematics, BS Applied Physics, BS Mathematics, and BS Mathematics and Science Teaching (MST).

Dr. Editha C. Jose, the Director of IMSP, opened the event by assuring the students that they are in good hands and that the Institute will always be there when needed. Moreover, she told the freshmen, “Do not be afraid to reach out.” The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Dean Maribel Donisio-Sese also sent her warm welcome to the new freshmen. She reminded the freshmen that studying in the University is a privilege given to them and at same time, entails a responsibility of not wasting the taxpayers’ money used in providing the best education for them. Students were also introduced with the services of the College. The heads of each division namely Dr. Maica Krizna A. Gavina for Mathematics, and Dr. Allan Abraham B. Padama for Physics, and the MST Program Coordinator, Prof. Rose D. Eusebio, also welcomed the students and introduced the faculty members handling courses in each degree program.

Students of IMSP’s Batch 2021 were represented by the following students. For BS Mathematics, Mr. Khyle Henrick Garfin encouraged his batchmates to work together in facing struggles brought about by the remote learning. Ms. Isabel Felipe of the BS Applied Mathematics program urged her co-freshies to be brave in their journey as new Iskolar ng Bayan. On the other hand, according to Ms. Eunice Perez, a BS MST freshman, each of the new freshmen must utilize the knowledge given to them to bring justice and positive development to the Philippines and to the world.

With students not being able to go to UPLB physically due to the country’s current situation, they were given a glimpse of the university campus, specifically the Physical Sciences Building and Mathematics Building, via a virtual campus tour. A very inspiring song number was rendered by the Institute’s very own IMSPecial Chorale Ensemble. Several fun games were also conducted. To close the program, Dr. Darwin B. Putungan, the Deputy Director of IMSP, pointed out that every situation, good or bad, can be turned into an opportunity: opportunity to learn; to grow; and to become stronger and tougher during these challenging times.

The event lasted for about one and a half hours. Ms. Anna Pamela De Jesus and Ms. Leneth Sajulga served as the event’s Masters of Ceremony.

*(JMT Lampos)*