A backseat.

Last week I found out a UPLB student killed herself in her apartment. Hardly a year ago, another female student took her life by drinking formalin. The suicide rate in the university is increasing, and people have begun wondering who’ll be next.

I didn’t personally know the student, but every time I hear about her it makes me feel sad and I ponder about whatever new thing I learned.

She allegedly did it because she failed a subject when it was already her last semester in the university. To make matters worse, when she told her friends about it they shrugged it off, thinking she was joking.

I don’t know if all that was true, but that’s the story that I got.

Since the news of her death, a number of people have been criticizing her act. I hear people saying, left and right, things like “She only failed one subject and yet that was enough for her to commit suicide?” and “Why throw away life, when it’s so beautiful?” Everyone wants to be a critic!

Maybe for the girl (for I can’t even type her name and thinking about her name gives me the chills) it wasn’t beautiful. Maybe for her failing that one subject was too much of a flaw in her grand plan of graduating. Maybe for her, the news was too devastating.

I’m not here to defend what she did. I am a Catholic and I stand by Catholic teachings–most of them, anyway. And I do believe life is beautiful and life is what we make it. But I would like to say, cut the girl some slack. We UP students criticize nearly everything, and most of the time, that’s good, but when death like this is involved, I think we should give it a rest and let her family and friends grieve in peace. Criticizing needs to take a backseat for a while.

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People lose their way a lot of times, and sometimes when they do, they’re so overwhelmed that they end up doing bad things. I think the best thing to do is to pray for her soul and for others, too, who are lost and need guidance.

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“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

-The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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