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In the Ateneo de Manila, Jesuit mottos and sayings are everywhere. They are imprinted on the buildings, on the halls, on the textbooks, inside the classrooms and even inside the bathrooms. These are wise words and reminders on how we, as Ateneans, should live out our lives. These mottos are in Latin and I have included a direct English translation for each one and a brief interpretation for each.

1. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of God
In times that we students feel tired or in times wherein we feel like we cannot give any more effort, the Jesuits always say that everything that we do is Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. This saying reminds us that we should always give our best because every single act that we do, from the mundane to the grand, is an opportunity to give glory to the Lord.

2. Lux in Domino – Light in The Lord
When we go out in public, Ateneans not only represent the institution, but also the Jesuit ideals that have molded us into the people who we are today. In compliance, we Ateneans achieve to be Christ-like, to serve God by doing good works, to spread His word and to reach out to the people who need other people the most.

3. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano – Sound mind, Sound Body
School is not always about studying. Ateneo encourages to be well rounded students by reminding us to have Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, which means finding the right balance between our academics and our personal health. Despite our rigorous academic schedules, we are told to always take care of our bodies because our mind and our body cannot function well without the other. It's a struggle to balance both, but having friends motivate you definitely helps a lot.


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