Mr. Novee E. Maestrecampo
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
For some, twenty three seems too early to set the work that they would be doing for the rest of their lives. But for Mr. Novee Maestrecampo, the Office of Extension’s Project Development Coordinator, when you have already found the significant work that ignites the passion in your heart, you will never be burnt out in committing to it every single day of your life.
“I think I’ve already found [such kind of work] here in Silliman”, said Novee, who earned his Bachelor in Business Administration major in Management in 2014. Born on September 10, 1993, he is the third in the brood of four of Mr. Ian and Mrs. Ma. Lee Maestrecampo of Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.
His epiphany, regarding his life’s career and mission came early, as he was exposed to the work and vision of the University during his college years. He was a student assistant at the office of Dr. Christopher A. Ablan, the University’s Liaison Officer to the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA). He took delight in contributing ideas and was inspired when they were translated into actions.
“It is good that Silliman acknowledges that our age group can contribute to the projects of the University. It is good that it is giving us the chance to do so,” Novee added, sharing that he has been employed in the University for 19 months now. For him, the ideals and vigor of the age group where he is a part of can complement to the wisdom and years of the University personnel who have more experience than him. In turn, this synergy can better fuel the University in achieving its vision, mission and goals.
Novee was an active student leader during his college years, being a member of Renaissance Youth Leaders Forum and the Silliman University Corps of Campus Ambassadors. When asked if he sees himself working in the University for the next five to ten years, Novee says yes. “10, 15, for the rest of my life… as they say, ‘find a good work and you’ll never have to work in your life’”, he added.
Describe yourself in three words.
Idealist. Practical. Grateful.
What is your motto in life?
Maximize your potentials.
What makes you laugh?
None in particular, but when I’m happy or overwhelmed, I do.
What makes you cry?
Big boys don’t cry.
What’s your favorite time of the day and why?
4-5 a.m. It’s silent and serene until my pet dog wakes me up for a walk.
What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
Monday. It’s when productivity starts.
What do you love doing when not working?
Read, read, play with PBC (my pet dog) and read again.
What is your favorite hangout place in the University?
Office. I don’t usually hang out.
What makes you blush?
I don’t know. I don’t pay attention to myself that much.
Tell us a fact about yourself.
I don’t like talking something about myself.
What’s your favorite game growing up?
None in particular. I enjoy everything.
What is your idea of a relaxing day?
When I get my tasks done and achieve something, combined with coffee and chilling.
What one thing would people be interested to know about you?
I’m up for anything under the sun.
What song best describes the YOU and the life you have now?
“Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors.
What is the first thing you do right after waking up in the morning?
Walk my pet dog, PBC, out.
What’s your idea of a family?
If there is reciprocated genuine care, love and appreciation for one another – that makes a family.
At this point of your life, what for you is your life’s mission?
That anything I do will not just be for myself, but for others as well.