Article by Selina de Dios
If you think you know the school, chances are you only know about half of the things it has to offer. While some aspects of ISM are common knowledge even though they are left unsaid, here are eight school hacks nobody told you about that will make your life a breeze.
1. Clinic Couture
The clinic is not only the place to go if you’re feeling sick or if you get injured, they can also repair your clothes by sewing any rips or tears, and can even lend you extra uniforms if ever you forget something or have an unfortunate mishap.
2. Middle School Territory
Don’t be fooled by their innocent exterior — middle schoolers are not easily scared by the older kids. Knowing the MS schedule is essential if you want to make it through their hallways unscathed. Their lunchtime is right after ours, so if you know you get hungry after lunch, grab a quick snack before the kids take over. You should also definitely check out the Middle School’s Balitang Bamboo (Bamboo News) for articles from our younger counterparts.
Link to Balitang Bamboo: http://ms.ism-online.org/files/2015/09/Balitang-Bamboo-Bamboo-News-Edition-1-September-23-2015.pdf
3. The 6-Peso Pandesal
Have you ever found yourself looking for a quick snack, but only had a few pesos worth of spare change? Fear not — the 6-peso pandesal from Urban Chef should satisfy your cravings, while still ensuring that you still have enough for a second round. If you’re feeling like a big spender, you can also always upgrade to the bigger size for an extra ₱9.
4. Life in the Fast Lane
If you’re ever running late to class, avoid the busy staircases! As much as possible, use the stairway closest to the HS field, or the one by the FAT bathrooms. Not only will you save time, but you’ll also save your teacher from marking you tardy.
5. No Days Off
Nothing to do on a Saturday morning? Well now you can keep busy by hitting the gym. Thanks to Coach Rich, the ISM fitness room will be open from 9-11am every Saturday for ISM students. Not only is it a good way to keep fit, but it’s a good opportunity to meet and get know other students. Contact Coach Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to sign up!
6. Technology is Your Friend!
Thanks to the tech savvy teachers we have in the school, it is now easier than ever to manage your accounts through multiple devices. The next time you have a meeting that you can’t afford to miss, just jot it down on GoogleCal, and see an alert pop up on your phone.
7. The Curves
Not all of ISM’s buildings are straight. Since we know that hypotenuse is always smaller than the sum of its other two parts, then we definitely know that the hallways closest to the main road that separates ISM and BSM are shortcuts worth taking. Thanks, Pythagoras!
8. Quick at the Kiosk
Using the kiosk is a quick and easy way to pay for anything from BOB merch to play tickets. If you swipe your card and realize you’re out of money, that’s not a problem. There’s an option for your parents to load up, even from home – cha ching!
If you didn’t know, now you know, and I can assure you now that your life as a Bearcat will become one hundred times easier.