Belinda Elois To, Best Thesis Award, Bilateral Trade, Comparative Advantage, de la salle university, Economics, Economics Thesis, International Economics, Intra-Industry Trade, Marie Johanna Sulit, rene cuartero, Undergraduate Thesis
It has been quite a long journey since I started writing this thesis with some of the best people I’ve met in La Salle, Belinda Elois To (Bel) and Marie Johanna Sulit (Jhana). And earlier today, we were finally able to defend it. More than anything else, I am sincerely thankful that not only for our [most awesome] thesis advisers but also for all the people around us who have given us unwavering magnitude support.
We were scheduled for a defense at 2:00 PM today (August 11, 2011). It was quite a confusing mix of emotions. It was exciting and nerve-racking. We were in states of unexpected comfort and extreme unease. We felt prepared but also unplanned. And with all these contrasting emotions boiling down our system, we were able to deliver arguably one of the most fulfilling presentations that I have done in my life.
With three renowned experts in the field of international trade economics (Dr. Myrna S. Austria, Mr. Marvin F. Castell and Dr. Hazel Parcon), we presented a seemingly lengthy yet brief presentation of our research. To our surprise, we only presented our entire thesis in 10 minutes, and not a single question was asked and not a single revision was required — with the exception of a request from our advisers. That is, for us to write a executive summary which simply means that they are nominating us for the Best Undergraduate Thesis Award.
We were honestly aiming to at least get nominated for this award, but I have let go of the need and (utmost) desire to be warded it because I have learned that the fulfillment one achieves after completing a research paper is far more exciting than whatever any award can give. And for this, I am grateful that the universe has blessed us so much during our entire thesis-writing journey.
Like I always say,
Cheers to our success!
Above all of these, thank you Jhana and Bel (most especially Bel) for being my best thesis mates in economics. We’ve made our mark in international economics by pioneering a research that tackles a relevant phenomena in today’s globalizing world. I’ll see both of you again when we are conquering the globe.
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