UP with the A and &?
These past few days had been days of confusion and torture to me. I’m currently trapped between two universities: UP and UA&P.
I know that you might be asking, “Why would you still choose between two schools when you have already enrolled in UP?”
Well, a few days ago, someone from UA&P called my father, informing him that they are willing to give free lodging for me, aside from the free tuition and miscellaneous fees of the said school. My dad immediately called me to talk about the situation, and he’s back to convincing me again to go to UA&P instead of UP (he has been bugging me since I was still in high school). He told me that I should think about it, and I should look at the bigger picture (not only at my situation, but also at my parents’ situation). He said that if I go to UA&P, our lives would be a lot easier, because mom can already retire from her work, and I could go home to CDO more often, bla bla bla. He said, “Accepting UA&P’s offer will remove practically the whole weight bearing down me and your mother now.”
I thought hard about it, but I still chose UP. I have reasons, and I think that these reasons are ~*reasonable enough*~ for me to stay. First, my dream course (CE) is in UP and there’s no CE in UA&P. My course in UA&P is Industrial Engg, and that is only my 3rd or 4th course of choice. Second, my dream school has always been UP. I’ve been dreaming and thinking about since God-knows-when, and I really want to go there. Third, even if I get to pay at UP, I know that I’ll be happy there and I know that even though we’re not that rich, I know that we can manage. Hindi naman pwedeng free nalang ang education ko buong buhay, di ba? Fourth, I have already made a life in UP. I already have friends, plans, and other stuff. One cannot just remove his UP life.
With the help of my brother and my Tita, my dad finally let go of UA&P, and followed my plans instead.
Everything went okay, until yesterday. UA&P called again, now offering a 6k monthly allowance and an 8k worth of accommodation, and now we’re back to the question again:
UP or UA&P? Dream school and dream course or practicality?
We’re just an average family, and going to UA&P means free everything. It’s like they’re paying me just to study there. My parents want UA&P, I want UP. I want to follow my dreams and my heart, but I don’t want to be selfish either.