Monday, June 19, 2006

Time is of the Essence

Classes had already begun for the first semester and here I am, still a student. Most of my batchmates are already busy starting off with their careers, reviewing for their board exams, or enjoying the purgatory between college life and the real world. As for me, I shall be extending my stay in the university for another 2 semesters. Despite being able to catch up with my EEE batchmates after my lapse in EEE33, I was not still able to make it on time. I only have 8 units remaining till I graduate. Unfortunately, only 5 units (thesis) is offered for this sem.

I have to admit, I am not the ideal EEE student the department can boast off in terms of scholastic achievements. I had been surviving myself throughout my EEE life. Being an average/normal student having high hopes in EEE, I know there is something
wrong within the system.

First of all, the system is not student-friendly. Many hopes had been crashed, many talents had been thrashed. The department had been very proud housing the "cream of the crop" aka whiz kids, but fails in developing/improving new ones. Faculty: they're bright but they can't teach well, save for some. An MS student shares his comparison between foreign professors and EEE faculty; for example, given that you had finished all requirements given to you by the foreign prof, your grade would definitely be "uno". Pero pag taga-EEE, kukupalin ka pa hangga't mahanapan ka ng mali (bug) sa project mo!

Sigh. Forgive me for bashing my own department, but I guess this is an effect of being strangled by the system for so long. The 8 units for one year really hurts and costs much of my time. Plans had already been layed out, yet I think there need to be a new one to be drafted as adjustment for these delays.

For this semester, aside from the thesis work, at least I had enrolled myself with another 6 units of Nihonggo and the "Berkeley" class (EE298). These may be non-credit units but at least I have something to improve with myself. I don't even know whether pursuing an MS in Microelectronics would still be a viable option for the future, since there already had been problems arising with most MS students nowadays (i.e. Php1500 per unit, loss of scholarship, etc.).

God knows opportunity awaits.

posted by ScIoN 9:03 PM


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ScIoN is a former Systems Engineer in Japan who specialized in industrial imaging and digital hardware design. He is now back in the Philippines pursuing graduate studies in Finance at the University of the Philippines - Diliman.



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