The last two weeks of the semester are upon us and everyone seems excited to just get them over with. Sembreak is fast approaching and we’ve all got plans already, but a big hurdle that we have to overcome first would be final exams. No one really enjoys final exams, and why would we? This time of the sem everyone’s already burned out, and this brings about some very strong reactions from people. These days there are always people saying how much they hate school and that they just want to drop everything, more so than usual. Of course they probably don’t mean everything literally, but they do feel sick of school. And with the sem we’ve all had, that is understandably so.
It’s easy for us to say that we don’t want to study anymore and that we’re fed up, especially during days like these when the work doesn’t seem to end. Unfortunately, when all we have time for is the mountain of stuff due the next day, we tend to overlook the bigger picture. Why do we do all this in the first place?
People hate homework, and exams, and projects. In the University of the Philippines, this may not be as evident because of our culture of academic excellence, but in general, school isn’t exactly a normal person’s favorite thing. It’s a shame, really, because I believe education is still fundamentally one of the things that has a biggest impact on a person’s quality of life.
This all first came to mind when I took out my lola to dinner last Saturday. She was talking about apl.de.ap, the Filipino-African American member of the Black Eyed Peas. She had recently watched an interview with him where he was talking about his childhood in the Philippines, and how he was too poor to go to school. Eventually, he was able to get an education with the aid of a foreigner, and he finished school, went on to become famous, and the rest is history. To this day, he considers his education the biggest reason for why he was able to reach where he is in life. He doesn’t attribute his success to his talent, his band, but mainly to his education. My lola then turned to my 10-year-old cousin and told him how important it is to finish school. It’s a shame because while I knew she was right, I was just as sure that there was no way he could fully appreciate what she was saying. I remember what it was like to be 10, I just wanted to be done with my homework and get on to watching TV to talking to my friends. And sometimes, in college, it’s still the same.
But again, that’s because I forget the bigger picture. We really do need to put a bigger importance on education, because it makes all the difference. From the very start of my stay in UPSE, in my Econ 11 class, I remember it being drilled into my head just how important it is to invest in human capital, in other words, to give value to education. We talk a lot about being active and doing work in many other ways, but education can help our lives in a very unique way. And this extends on to our country. Nations are built by their education citizens. Proper education equips us in a way that almost nothing else can match.
I just hope as finals come, I can remember that I’m not just trying to get on with it, but I’m trying to do my best and really make the most of my learning. After all, being a student of UPSE, I’m in the best place to do exactly that.
– Cara Gabrielle Latinazo