Pugad Gradweyt

It’s nail on the head time again, with Pol Medina Jr. (a.k.a. PMJR) on this time of year where young hopefuls march up the aisle, take a small bow to the audience, and accept the fake rolled up bond paper with the tiny ribbon, shake hands with the Principal/Dean and then down the stage again into a life of relative uncertainty.

Unless the college graduate’s family has a business waiting to absorb him, he/she will have to spend the next few days/months/or even years looking for a job.

The high school graduate on the other hand, may be worrying about the admissions exams he/she took to whatever college/university he/she wants to go to, or worse, if there is even enough money to start him off in the first place.

Mr. Medina says it so succinctly above, the humorous slant does not take away the fact that we are churning out high school graduates (with or without parents) who have spent hundreds of thousands of pesos to prepare them for more school that will necessitate the spending (don’t forget the finding of money that will have to be done first) of several more hundred thousand pesos. And we seem to be producing graduates solely for the call center trade, or nurses who all want to work abroad because the pay is better and so are the working conditions.

They sure can’t get a return on investment by working here.

I mean who cares about working in the Philippines for the good of the country, WORKING ABROAD is good for the country, go ask GMA herself with her OFW remittances propping up this bubble (ay strong pala) economy of hers.

But not all is bleak in this season of marching up the aisle, and corsages and post-graduation lunches or dinners. Here’s a little treat for all you graduates out there, just in case your teachers were too busy preparing the auditorium to tell you what all the fuss is all about.

Congrats to Batch 2008.

A Matter of Degrees

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3 thoughts on “A Matter of Degrees

  1. I don’t know where the world is heading to. Things seem to be getting tougher with each generation. I attended a private university 20+ years ago and based on the total of all the tuition, allowances, and cost of books that my father spent on me throughout college, I was able to recoup all the costs within three years after graduating. I recovered all those costs and then some with a job in Makati City that did not really pay that well. Let me also state that, although the firm I worked for was quite famous, the pay was not that good especially when compared to my peers who went to work for multinational firms.

    It is not just a Filipino problem. It’s also getting to be a big problem in the US with the skyrocketing cost of college, especially in private universities. Due to the high cost of college, a lot of students will end up saddled with student loans that would take 20 years to pay. Imagine starting out in the world burdened by a huge debt. There is going to be a lot of pain all around and all over the world for the graduates of 2008.

  2. i was a pretty normal guy before school ruined me. hehe =)

    true enough that call centers have better pay as well as better working conditions. but after finally graduating i shall now bid goodbye to answering dumb foreigners helping them find where the start button is. yay!

    and i’ll consider this post as a congratulatory message from my tita. hehehe =)

  3. Panaderos, I’ve been told pinoys are born with debt these days, owing as far back as Marcos’s time and not getting any better in this present situation. I have a son entering 4th year high school in June and the only consolation (happy consolation though) is that we went up on stage yesterday and it took us a while to get back down because of all the medals I had to hang on his neck


    daddynator, of course this post is to congratulate you! He he he, wala pa gani ka kasulti nako nga mograduate na ka nag congratulate na ko daan


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