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Abucay is the top graduate of CAS Class of 2016

“Besides honing my analytical skills, UP has taught me to be flexible, personality-wise. It has prepared me for life by keeping me grounded. In the four years that I have been a student, I realized that you cannot know everything and that's okay. One must learn to deal with one’s limitation. What's important is the realization that since there is so much to learn out there, you just have to be always open to new ideas; and to never confine yourself to just one type of learning.”

So says Reil Gallenero Abucay, BS in Applied Mathematics major from the College of Arts of Sciences who earned the distinction of having the highest GWA of 1.286 among the 2016 graduates of the College, magna cum laude.

The native of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, was already an academic achiever during his elementary years wherein he graduated as valedictorian and with high honors in high school.

In the 2012 UP College Admission Test, Abucay was ranked among the top 10% of all UPCAT qualifiers. Because of this, he was a recipient of a UP Government Scholarship and also qualified for a DOST- RA Scholarship based on competitive examination.

The road to becoming a magna cum laude was achieved by being a consistent college and university scholar. Although he thinks that he did not have a lot of extra-curricular activities, he was actively involved with the UPV Mathematics Circle, the UP Kadugong Bol- anon Iloilo Chapter, and supported the various activities of the Elektrons, the academic organization where he belongs. He also served as a peer tutor at the UPV Teaching and Learning Center and worked as a Student Assistant at the CAS Office of the College Secretary.

“In UP, we are taught to be critical thinkers. While it is good to be one, my years in college has also made me realize that life is still better when things are kept simple. Sometimes a blue house is just painted blue and that does not necessarily mean gloom. Sometimes the two- liner math solutions get higher merit than the two-page ones. It always pays to know when to think critically and when to see things as they are. Always strive to strike the balance,” he observed.

“Critical-thinking. Openness. Balance. Through these UP has changed me,” said one who is wise beyond his years. (With data from Reil Gallenero Abucay)

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