Debunked: The Exclusive Home Org Perception

Article and Graphics by Mariel Avendaño

Have you ever found yourself in a home far much from what you imagined it to be?

I found my home in MEcO, a MEC home organization, and I’m sure others do as well. But the thing is, I’m very much different from the majority of the population in MEcO. Why? Well, I am not MEc.

Wait – let’s backtrack a little. So you say that MEcO is a home organization of Management Economics majors but other students from different courses are still welcomed to join it? That’s sounds about right, ladies and gentlemen of all degrees, MEcO is just a register away during RecWeek!

Looks can be deceiving, or in MEcO’s case, the name. Although the organization carries the name Ateneo Management Economics Organization which is very specific to what kind of students are part of it, there is about 42% of its 600 members who are non-MEC.

I, myself, have been fooled into thinking that I can’t possibly join MEcO because of its perceived exclusivity as a home organization. Moreover, I am afraid that as non-MEC, I will not be able to fit in. But lo and behold, here I am now – a loud and proud MEcOnista!

Although MEcO is technically not my home organization, in here I finally found my true home.

Lately, I had the chance to catch up with two of my orgmates, Maye Deles and Danielle Lambo, who are also proud non-MEC MEcOnistas like me. Witness how they found their way home to a family waiting for them with open-arms.

How do you know about MEcO?

Maye Deles: I heard about MEcO through a MEC friend of mine back in my freshman year. In the process of him trying to be active, he always, and I mean always , mentioned MEcO to me. From his blockmates, new-found friends, org events, couples, chika –– you name it. The org sounded really fun and engaging to me.

Danielle Lambo: I found out about MEcO during RecWeek of my sophomore year, when my blockmate urged me to join MEcO with her, only because of a guy who was able to convince her into joining. I remember being skeptical. I told myself I wouldn’t fit in. And even with those many doubts, I gave in and joined. Little did I know, I would be finding one of the highlights of my college -being part of this family we call MEcO.

How and why did you join MEcO?

Maye Deles: During my sophomore year, I felt like I wanted to try joining more organizations because I felt like I wasn’t as “at home” as I wanted to be in any of my previous orgs. I joined 6 orgs that year, and MEcO was one of them. My friends highly encouraged me to join because of this “family vibe” they’ve always been talking about, along with the many avenues to be active.

Danielle Lambo: I remember being skeptical. I told myself I wouldn’t fit in. And even with those many doubts, I gave in and joined. Little did I know, I would be finding one of the highlights of my college -being part of this family we call MEcO.

Are you more active in MEcO?

Maye Deles: I’m more active in MEcO because it’s the place where I feel very welcome. Given the fact that it isn’t even my home org, I think that’s already a big thing. I never imagined myself being active but after spending time with the other members, I started enjoying their company. In the process I also encouraged non-MEc members to be more active. There’s a sense of fulfillment whenever I meet active non-MEc members who feel the same way whenever I talk about how fun and welcoming the org is; it’s what keeps me going.

Danielle Lambo: I find myself to be my most active in MEcO because in everything that I do for MEcO, I find myself constantly empowered, always learning, and in the presence of people who sincerely care for one another, despite coming from different courses.

 

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What have you found in MEcO that you can’t find anywhere else?

Maye Deles: A home and a family to come home to. Yes, the org has plenty of members and projects. It can be very intimidating but once you attend events, volunteer for projects, and even just enter the org room, you’re bound to gain friends who you will eventually consider as your family.

Danielle Lambo: As cheesy as it sounds, it is in MEcO that I found a group of individuals, who come from different courses, yet have the same interest – their love for MEcO, in which they have found a home. For better or worse, MEcO is really known for its infamous familial feeling, and we should still pride ourselves with that. This is what makes us capable of being open to people who come from different places. MEcO hasn’t been a home for MEC majors only, it has become a home for anyone willing to be a part of it.

Would you recommend MEcO to non-MEc students?

Maye Deles: Of course! Looking back, I have no regrets in choosing MEcO. Marami ka talagang magagawa . Of course, being shy is inevitable when you’re new, but once you step into the org room, you’ll know everyone inside by the time you step out.

Danielle Lambo: I recommend MEcO to anyone who has an open-mind to meet unique personalities. I recommend MEcO to anyone who has space in their heart, because the people that make up MEcO will really make you fall in love with the organization.  

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What can you say to those who perceive MEcO as an exclusive home org?

Maye Deles: Join us! I actually had the same perception. However, it’s not exclusive at all. MEcO takes everyone in, and I believe that everyone has a place in MEcO. By joining, you will most definitely find your place along with the people you get along with. When I first joined, everyone kept saying “solid” and well, solid nga naman talaga . Again, it is not an exclusive home org, but if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that MEcO is definitely––in each and every way––a home.

Danielle Lambo: To non-MEc majors, don’t be deceived by the ‘MEC’ in MEcO. If there’s one thing I learned being a non-MEC major, active in another course’ home org, it is that home can be found in the most unlikely places; home is where you say it is.