Mignon is an alumna of TPS and the high school class valedictorian of Batch 2013-2014. She is currently pursuing a degree program in Physics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Philippines.
I started thinking progressively about college as I feel graduation draws closer and closer. From someone who had just gone through the whole experience, let me give you some reflections on how to prepare for the tertiary level. First things first, you have to ask yourself two important questions:
What do I love enough to devote the rest of my life to?
This is what I consider to be one of the most challenging things to figure out. After all, I was only sixteen, how am I supposed to choose? You just need to reflect and list down the things you love and the things you’re good at, there is a certain degree program suited to the things you have enumerated. Don’t worry, if it turns out that it’s not for you, you could always plan your desired course aligned to your capabilities. It has to be something YOU honestly, naturally, and unaffectedly like, not something dictated or forced upon you. Or else, you will not enjoy the collegiate challenge. Be open to your parents and clarify your interests to them, they serve the purpose of being the most significant support system.
Where can I study?
There are numerous universities and colleges to choose from, decide on the most ideal for you. These are where aspects like financial resources, proximity of the school, and the quality of education come into play. Luckily, there are college orientations available to us to help us determine which ones are the best for us.
Let’s assume that you already have a set of colleges you anticipate to apply to and particular degree programs you have your eye on. The next step is to research on the application process. Whether it be an 85% general weighted average or tough entrance exams, there are certain requirements we have to meet and they vary from college to college. The key is to recognize that it is your ultimate goal to get in, so you have to give it your 100% effort. High school is hard-hitting, but you just have to study your lessons to the point that you can totally understand them. If you do those, there is a gain that you will get high grades. This doesn’t just apply to grade 10 students since most colleges look at grades from grade 7 to 10 (or 12).
To conclude, you have to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Some of us could meet the expense of education in the U.A.E. while some of us opt to study in the Philippines or other countries abroad that is away from our families and friends. However, regardless of where we land, one thing remains certain , that is we will be forced to go beyond our comfort zones.
We will have new friends, new experiences and new things to learn. This has been so far my much-loved part of being in college. I just have met twenty new friends and I believe my wisdom and learning have been advancing.
One of my favorite quotes say that , “A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.” Learn how to embrace then the changes that will happen to you.
I know, preparing for college is confounding. Luckily, your family, especially your parents, is there to support you and to help you decide. As a matter of fact, I and most of my batch mates had definite plans by the last quarter of the school year. That only goes to show that the right choice will somehow present itself to you, no matter what happens. Things have a funny and purposeful way of working out in the end. All the best and God bless!
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