When you were in college, you probably feared something specific in your alma mater. It can be the exams, a certain professor, or maybe a room at the end of the hall. In our case, it is the batengteng. It is every De La Salle Health Sciences Institute – College of Rehabilitation and Sciences students’ dread. If you want to know why then keep on reading.
The horrid object is a makeshift gong made out of an old fire extinguisher covered in white paint with a stainless steel to hit it. During practical exams of Physical Therapy students, also known as OSPEs, the batengteng is the cue for the students to move on to the next activity or station. And boy, every examinee gets shook to the core every time they hear the appalling sound. They would scramble through what they are currently doing and face the next station while anticipating the next time the proctor rings this object of a nightmare. You can hear it even outside the Wang building where they conduct the exams and when students walking by hear it, they know something is happening.
Although all Physical Therapy examinees fear the batengteng because of the sheer panic it causes, it also serves as a great tool to enhance the focus and decision making of the students, which are crucial in our field.
At the end of the day, all Physical Therapy graduates of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute are grateful for the batengteng because aside from it becoming an awesome college memory, it also played a role in carving us into the best that we can be as practitioners in our field of work today.
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