I had the chance to join an essay writing contest when I was a sophomore college student in the Philippines. It was not the first time I joined a school contest but it was my first time in a writing competition.
It was not voluntary on my part. I was prodded on to join the contest by my English professor, who told me to give it a try.
I only placed second on this contest but I was so happy. Happy because, I didn’t expect to win much more to place second. If I remember it right, the topic was: Expect the Unexpected
My discourse on this topic centered on the Philippines Edsa Revolution that happened in 1986. This event was really unexpected in Philippines history, and yet it happened and without bloodshed.
Placing second in this contest made the difference in my life as a student. I was taking up BS Education degree and was planning to major in history, but because of this contest, and with the help and effort of my English professor who coerced me to join the contest, my focus shifted. I ended up studying English as my major.
And taking English as major was another “expect the unexpected” event in my life. Since then, I had been learning the language. Whether I have success in learning it is something that I can’t answer. What I can tell is that learning is non-stop.