A new year has been rung in, and it only means one thing for all the graduating high school students: college entrance exam results have been, or will soon be, released. The results usually come out between January and February. All the months of waiting send a wave of anxiety to students. To them, they have already knocked on the colleges’ and universities’ doors when they took the entrance exams. Now, the schools are knocking back, bearing news that will either make or break the applicants. The questions are: Which school will come with good tidings, and where should the students have knocked on to, in the first place?
According to a report on INQ7.net, Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. which is a network that specializes on education and career made a list of the “Top 200 Asian Universities.” Only four Philippine universities made the cut. University of the Philippines (UP) ranked in 63rd, De La Salle University (DLSU) was 76th, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) came in at the 84th spot, and University of Santo Tomas (UST) made the 144th place.
Despite the fact that we don’t want to put up a “hierarchy” among colleges and universities, there are some schools that really do stand out. There are those we can consider that are very good, if not excellent, universities. The aforementioned schools can be considered our own Ivy League schools, the crème de la crème, as they say, of tertiary education. UP, DLSU, ADMU, and UST have their own areas of expertise in terms of the courses offered; but, being admitted into one of those universities is just as good as taking up their “specialty course.”
They say getting in these highly- acclaimed universities is hard. Yes, it is. The entrance exams are not meant to be taken lightly. Students are pretty much going through the eye of a needle here. But, with the proper determination and will, it may not look so hard after all. Besides, review centers offer their help to students during the summer, and there are a lot of review books to further prepare you and your mind. Furthermore, in the future, maybe being accepted will give them an edge. Nowadays, job- hunting is greatly affected by the school you graduated from. It is discriminating, yes, but jobs, especially those in the corporate world, increase their demands, too.
The point here is that it is free to dream and believe. Getting into a university that is considered to be an expert is definitely a plus and your ticket to places. However, not getting into one of them doesn’t mean that they are losers. Their best efforts, armed with an optimistic personality, will lead them to green pastures, whether or not they graduated from a premier school. So whether they end up as a maroon, an archer, an eagle, a tiger, or any other icon, all prospective students are not a bunch of losers.