JUMPSTART 2019: Touchdown

August 23, 2019 | Kiana Castro, Gavin Dingcong, and Sophia Jarobel

Jumpstart is an annual one-day event of MISA which focuses on introducing Management Information Systems (MIS) freshmen into the course and its culture.  Last August 10, 2019, the BS MIS/BS MIS-MSCS freshmen were warmly welcomed as they had their flight with Jumpstart 2019: Touchdown to their destination, the Ateneo de Manila University. 

The event consisted of informative, inspirational talks and activities tailored just for the incoming MIS freshmen to learn more about their course and at the same time, bond and interact with their fellow batchmates.

It had been a smooth flight for us all for the freshies were introduced to their course – curriculum, culture, expectations, and perks.  Greatly enjoyed by the crowd, this year’s Jumpstart was piloted by MISA’s very own sophomore captains, Zachary and Jeremy, a.k.a. The Canlas Twins. 



The freshmen were sure in for a first-class flight as the Ateneo MIS curriculum is one of the best that the country could offer when it comes to bridging the Management and Information Technology (IT) worlds together.  The freshmen were introduced to their curriculum by the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science’s very own chairman, Dr. Andrei Coronel. He also shared his experience regarding what MIS could offer and the edge of an MIS graduate compared to the usual Information Systems (IS) and IT graduates.

Next up was a talk given by SOSE Sanggunian representative and MIS sophomore, Nathan Aguinaldo.  In his talk, Nathan imparted to the freshmen the help and support they could get from the Sanggunian through different kinds of subsidies, and how they could also contribute to the betterment of society through different advocacies and events within the school.  He wrapped up his talk by extending his and the Sanggu’s support to the freshies by introducing the people that the students could approach if they need assistance.

Carl Cham, current MIS senior and the President of MISA, delivered a short but very sweet speech about his MIS and MISA journey.  Carl shared about how life-changing the experience can be meeting people from different walks of life, sharing ideas with one another, partaking in nerve-wrecking events, pulling all-nighters, and definitely going out of one’s comfort zone to continue growing not just as an MIS student but as a person.  He also mentioned how MIS and MISA are safe spaces where passionate business IT enthusiasts learn from each other.

Another informative talk was given by Ms. Golda Castro, an HR officer of PLDT Global, to provide an answer to the question, “Why MIS graduates?,” and to give her insights about the reality MIS graduates are about to face in the industry.  Ms. Castro emphasized how significant the possible roles and jobs of Management Informations Systems graduates are in different corporations and how these roles and job titles are profitable in the near future.

To end the day’s talks, recent MIS graduate Abby Tan, together with super senior Luis Cajucom, talked about their experiences in the course and how their time in college has equipped and prepared them for life after college.  The pair also shared essential tips to the incoming freshies. From time management to proper attitude, Luis and Abby went into great detail with how their tips helped them survive both college and life outside school walls.






The program and giveaways were indeed enjoyed by the passengers, special thanks to Jumpstart 2019’s co-presenters: Crystal Clear, Filinvest, and Unilever, and the major sponsors: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Sneakerlabs, EduCredit, Locally, WIP Caps, and Beauty Library. 

With a series of games, the very accomodating cabin crews who stayed with the freshies throughout their Jumpstart experience, and also the support of MISA’s BETA as they made the freshies see love now that they found MIS through the OrSem dance, Jumpstart became a fun and wonderful flight for everyone.

Delicious food was also served to everyone in the Jumpstart family by Kitchen Treasures.  Freshies and upperclassmen alike had the opportunity to bond over lunch and exchange tips and stories with one another.



Of course, flying business class would be incomplete without the reliable and charming attendants.  The freshmen were seated by groups, assisted by their facilitators all throughout the trip. Five simultaneous flights (five groups) took off from Escaler Hall to their different travel destinations to see and explore the beauty of the Ateneo campus.

The six stations of the amazing race featured the yarn game, morse code game, coin toss game, reverse emoji game, flip-a-cup game, and straw game wherein the relationships of the freshies and their facilitators were put to the test.  Values such as teamwork and sportsmanship were instilled throughout the race which put smiles on the faces of the participants.








Amazing Race Winners

All groups did a great job in the challenges they’ve faced in the six stations of the Amazing race, but for the sake of the competition, only the top three groups who finished all the stations in a minimum time will gain a prize. 

Coming in as the second runner-up was Group 2, bringing home Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf planners.  Coming in as the first runner-up was Group 4, bringing home customized coffee mugs by MISA.

Finally, bringing home the crown, with a 2-second time difference from that of Group 4, the group that had been awarded with 16 GB San Disk flash drives and the champion title of Jumpstart 2019’s Amazing Race was Group 5.


Polo Game








Finally, the MIS freshies’ flight experience won’t be complete without the MISA’s Jumpstart tradition held in Matteo steps The Polo Game! 

Again, this event wouldn’t have been possible without everyone who made an effort the core team, BETA, the volunteers, and the freshmen themselves.  Thank you once again to the freshies for flying with us at MIS Airlines.

Revisit the travel memories here: https://tinyurl.com/Jumpstart2019Photos

Photos by Derek Salanga, Gino Delos Reyes, and Katrine Fernandez

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