The UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR)

Student Testimonies

The CFNR community has always been very welcoming since the beginning. When I first came to the university as a freshie, I was never intimidated because the people within the college were always open to giving guidance. Furthermore, student concerns are always noted by the CFNR council and considered by the admin, especially by our caring college secretary. My first couple of years in the college was extremely fun and eventful because of the various events and activities held by the different organizations and departments within the CFNR. I remember exploring the Makiling Botanic Gardens for the very first time during Salugnayan and rooting for my friends during Gubatbakan. Even during this online setup, the CFNR community still continues to hold online events and activities that are not only for fun, but also for the education and awareness of students regarding various social and environmental issues in the country. I think that the college’s relative isolation from the rest of the university has made the CFNR community more close-knit.  We all share the same spaces — the library, the ERDB and MAREHA canteens, student’s plaza, the OCS, and even the jeepney stops.    The spatial intimacy within the community has encouraged us to interact with each other more. This sense of closeness that I have developed with the members of the CFNR community, even as a shy introvert, is something that I will remember and value even beyond my stay in the university.

SEAN PAUL B. MANALO,

Batch 2018

What was your first impression about CFNR?
First impression sa CFNR ay mawawala ako literally and figuratively kasi narinig ko na hiwalay ang campus ng Forestry, at narinig ko pa na may fieldworks ang mga students. Naisip ko na baka mawala ako kasi malawak ang college na 'yun.

How was your experience in CFNR so far?
Dalawang sems (1 year) ako nasa physical campus tapos nag-transition into quarantine setting. So far, nagustuhan ko 'yung environment - sobra - nung physical kasi una malamig doon at pangalawa, kasama mo ang forests na pinag-aaralan mo kasi ang daming halaman sa CFNR, at may iba't-ibang aspects ng Forestry na hindi mo napapa-isip habang nagbabasa ng mga brochures. Ang holistic ng environment para sa pag-aaral. Ngayon, kinakayanan naman, may kasama naman akong batchmates tapos profs na pwede tanungan ng mga things na hindi ko naiintindihan. Tumutulong 'yun sa experience ko sa CFNR kahit naka-quarantine.

What do you think are the lessons from CFNR that you would definitely remember and apply for the rest of your life?
Huwag kang matakot humingi ng tulong, ang daming beses na  napa-isip ako this sem kung kakayanin ko ba talaga. Parang ang hirap ng sem ngayon kasi walang fieldwork, at puro readings 'yung ginagawa mo at wala kang experience. Kaya baka pagdating sa board exam ay mahihirapan ka sa mga practical applications. Pero may mga kasama ako na nag-eencourage pa rin sa akin, eventually makakabalik ka rin or makaka-experience ka rin nun some time in the future. Nakakalambot sa puso na may mga nagtitiwala sa'yo tapos nag-eencourage din 'yung mga profs na kakayanin niyo ang mga gawaing ito kasi ang uplifting talaga ng mga words ng kasama. Nagpapalawak ito ng worldview mo na ang daming perspectives na nakikita sa Forestry. Hindi lang porket Forestry ay puro lab works or field works lang, pwede ka pa mag-branch out sa mga ibang dimensions; nakakabigay ito ng security na hindi ka masa-stuck kapag nag-pursue ka ng Forestry.

CHLOE GAYLE E. ABAYAO,

Batch 2019

What was your first impression about CFNR?
I always thought learning in CFNR is always exciting. Studying trees and plants always intrigued me.

How was your experience in CFNR so far?
It was a less satisfying experience so far considering there's still a pandemic. But the lessons are at least interesting.

What do you think are the lessons from CFNR that you would definitely remember and apply for the rest of your life?
The integrity and values of a forester. As a forester, we are expected to portray an image of a professional. So ethics is always a good lesson to learn.

JNIEQUE IVAN V. DANIEL,

Batch 2021