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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


It's UP's freedom that attracted me the most and helped me decide which University to actually apply for (years ago).

Last week,I was busy getting all the works done for my last enrollment and I can't help but overhear conversations of these freshmen. There were "like oh my gawd" conversations, the "is she a terrifying professor" talks and the "what high school did you graduate from?" questions among each other.

It was appalling to hear reactions of some people when they hear answers from the last question. One in particular was when this girl (a potential bully) asked another girl "So what high school did you come from?" .."Ah ____ National High School, sa province namin". I wasn't surprise when the other girl responded with "Oh."

"Oh." what?

Well let me start with "screw you". haha. Kidding aside, I don't know what's with these girls from some class B private school in Manila and how they respond with such questions.

I have met people from top Private/ Exclusive High Schools in Manila (IS, Brent, Poveda, Ateneo, LSGH, Assumption, St. Scho, ICA etc.) and they sure are way different from these girls who graduated from a never-heard of/ class B "Private" High Schools in Manila.

Bakit ganun?

Let me tell you something, students who graduated from Public Schools in the province are actually smart. In the province, we are really focused in getting good grades. We don't have malls where we can "tambay", much less, we don't have the time since we are in school 7-7 (unlike in Manila where students get off around 3 pm-ish or so). Yes, some public schools in Manila are way too crowded hence the attention and focus of the teachers are actually challenged, but it doesn't mean they are stupid.

When I was a freshman, my Professor in Soc Sci 1 asked me where I graduated from. I told her, "Tabaco National High School Science Oriented class Ma'am, but you wouldn't know that, it's way too far."
Her response made me smile. "Oh you mean TNHS in Albay?" "Yes Ma'am, you know something about our school?"

"Of course. I help the admission committee (or something like that), and every year a large percentage of future UP students come from your school. Ang daming pumapasa sa UPCAT from TNHS, lalo na sa Albay."

Syempre bida-bida ako nun :) hahaha =)))

"Ilan ba pumasa sainyo sa batch mo?"

"Ngayon po? 80 po."

Gusto kong hanapin si Ate na nag "Oh." at ikwento sa kanya kung gaano kahirap mag-aral sa public school na situated sa probinsya.

"In our high school, we have 36 sections, 2 of those sections are Science-Oriented sections, meaning our subjects are way different than those in the General Curriculum. We go to school 7 am and we get off at 6:30 in the evening since we have Science Electives, whilst other sections get off at 3:30-4:00, we didn't have recess, we only had a lunch break.
We also had our investigatory project aka baby thesis in High School and it has to be about Science.
Our electives are consist of Speech Communication where we devote 1 hour and 30 minutes in the Speech Laboratory,
we had Earth Science aside from the Science and Technology class,
we had technical writing,
we had our investigatory subjects research 1 and 2, we had Advance Chemistry, Advance Biology, Calculus aside from the 2-hour mathematics required. "

So in short, wala kaming masyadong life. haha.

I remember, way back if you had a grade of 85 and below, you will get kicked out of the Science-Oriented section and you will be transferred to the General Curriculum section.
I cried cause I had an 85 (pero hindi pa pala applicable yun that time so nag-aral talaga ako hanggang naging 92 sya) haha :))

Since then, wala na akong grade na hindi line of 9. Lowest ko siyempre Math (92) pero yung mga classmates ko magagaling sa Math, may 99-98-97. Highest grade na nareceive ko was 99-98-97 (P.E, Calculus and English, respectively).

Maraming hindi nakakapag-aral sa UP ngayon na galing provinces kahit matalino naman at pumasang UPCAT dahil sa pagtaas ng tuition. Dati, nung 1st year ako, maiintimidate ka sa mga words na lumalabas sa bibig ng mga kaklase mong upperclassmen. Pero galing silang probinsya.

Ngayon, they can't even finish a sentence without mentioning the word "LIKE, UHM"

haha. Blah.

And when you ask them (which you don't have to do kasi sasabihin nila sayo) saan sila nag H.S "I graduated from the kemerloo parochial kemerchuchu of Sta. Chuva" ORTE.

Anyways, point is, these girls have to stop degrading these people who come from the province. Believe me, they are smart. Their English may not sound very American with "like" and "uhm" or "Sweetie" "hun".. but they are competition.

Alam nio sabi ng girl after ng "Oh." response ni Ate?



"I'm surprised you passed the UPCAT, very smart" *tahimik*

* Person from the admissions office*

"For those who have been waitlisted, go to window keme to check the availability of the course you have chosen."

Girl, "Oh I have to go" *blushing*

ORTE MO HA Makapag-yabang.

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