Life in UP Diliman

My first blog post (I blame insomnia for this post)… Zzz… Meh…

Moving onwards, as the title suggests this post will be about life as a university student in the premier school in the Philippines, UP Diliman. 

Well, to be frank, it’s not that impressive. Comparitively, my Hong Kong highschool has more technology than 90% of the college campuses in UP Diliman. Man, it’s a real bummer that the “premier” school is SO… SO POOR ;_;

Well, other than that, there are upsides in being in THE Philippine state university: It’s C-H-E-A-P! In fact, I don’t understand why during the previous Student Council elections, all three of the major parties were making a big fuss about the increases in lab/miscellaneous fees… I mean, COME ON! The tuition fee per semester is already cheap taking into account that UP Diliman is THE BEST university in the Philippines. And, the increase is PER SEMESTER, which means even if they increased it by ONE THOUSAND PESOS, that divided by 5 months, which is 150 days, it would mean a P6.67 daily increase–roughly the amount of one IKOT jeepney ride. Although, the lab fees increases aren’t as steep as the example above, averaging only a few hundred pesos… Arg… 

Well, I can’t blame the University Board for squeezing as much money as they can from their already UNDERPAYING students because they really got screwed over by the Philippine government (screwed over is an understatement). If I remember correctly, the univeristy only got 1/3 of the budget it asked for… and so… they’re really strapped for cash. It’s only logical that the largest stakeholder, the students, should help carry the financial burden of the university. If one thinks of it as an investment, it’s not really that bad at all. What’s losing a couple of hundred pesos and thus having to skip a few lunches, compared to the possible lowering of the quality of your education? There’s really no comparison. 

Hmm…

I’m getting sleepy… 

So, that’s my 2 cents for now…

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