Choice of school?

Philippines
April 20, 2010 10:26am CST
How important is it for you to go to a good school? We all know that if you are a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, LBS etc. your future could be well set already. You might not even look for a job anymore but the job will be hunting you. In your case, do you also dream of going into these Universities? Does it really matter to you? Or do you think students coming from other schools can have an equal opportunity?
5 responses
@jeeyah (1092)
• Philippines
20 Apr 10
Well, since I'm not in the US, I didn't apply for those schools. Lol. Anyway.. I got accepted in the top 2 schools here in my country, UP Diliman and ADMU, both of which are highly prestigious. And like what you said, once I graduate, I wouldn't be looking for a job anymore, because students from these 2 schools are sought after by employers even before graduation. So i guess going to a top university will really be of great advantage to someone in the future. However, I do believe that students from other schools can have an equally great opportunity, as long as they perform well in their academics and prove their capabilities. It all depends upon the individual concerned. If she didn't do that well in school, she wouldn't obtain a great opportunity even if she graduated from a top university. On the other hand, if she really excelled in her academics, then she can have more opportunities and job offers, even if she didn't necessarily graduate from a top university. I guess it's on case-to-case basis.
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• Philippines
20 Apr 10
Hey Congratulations Jeeyah. To be part of that big school here in our country is such a pride. Not just for you students but also for your family most especially your parents. I'm also a product of UP and I could say that job was not difficult to find but I guess it doesn't stop there. You also have to do your best when you are in college I guess if you would really want to go far in terms of corporate ladder. Being in UP or ADMU will give you a better opportunity to be part of the good universities abroad someday for your MBA. Where will you go UP or ADMU?
@jeeyah (1092)
• Philippines
21 Apr 10
Thank you so much, Rajaiv! It's nice to meet a fellow Isko here (although I'm not yet official until June lol) ;) I chose UP over Ateneo (although Ateneo has always been my dream school). And you're right, it really doesn't stop there. Your academic performance really plays a big role in your success in the future. I haven't really thought about going abroad for my MBA, but I've heard that most students from UP and ADMU can easily get into some of the best universities in other countries.
@markleob (1904)
• Philippines
20 Apr 10
well, there are a lot of schools that are performing good inspite of the fact that it is not that popular globally. i believe, those schools are just popular because they are old, in wealthy counntry... of course being educated in a good school is everyone's dream, i mean who would not want right? but if you cant afford to study to those prestigious schools why not study in state universities that also offers quality education like UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Education System.. Here in my country, i believe the top performing schools with respect to the board exams are the state universities or public universities like UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES..
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• Philippines
23 Apr 10
That's true that in our country UP and ADMU are one of the prestigious schools here.
@markleob (1904)
• Philippines
23 Apr 10
well... admnu? maybe... haha admu is good in law and nothing else.... whereas UP got almost every thing... if we talk about engineering, MIT is much better than ADMU.....
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Apr 10
rajaiv I never had the opportunity when i was very young to go to college, the finally went and just lasted two years so went back to school at the University of CA, Irvine and got my B A in English and at the age of 56.so it can be done but I did not get any big job but I had a decent job working in the library and at my age it was just wonderful, worked there til Iwas 79 and retired then.
• Philippines
20 Apr 10
That's a good job you've done Hatley. Going back to school wouldn't be easy for someone at that age. But I guess I would salute you more for the determination, which I think is the most important thing.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Apr 10
There are a lot of schools that are viewed as very prestigious institutions and yes, those individuals that have the good fortune of attending those schools probably don't have to worry about finding work for the rest of their lives. However, there is a limited enrollment into those schools and for that reason, you can find another school that fits the needs tht you personally have and more than likely you will have all the success that you need to have in life. So, there is a certain importance to picking the right school, but it really shouldn't be in terms of prestige, it should be in terms of your personal needs.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
22 Apr 10
School is an important factor in getting an education. I dont believe that I need to pay more just to get a quality education cause there are so many private schools here in our country that are really expensive but they are not good in academics and in training their students. I graduated in a not-so-popular school but the standards were really high so I still get to have a job in later on considering that my school was not something famous.