I don’t want to update myself about the latest altercation among the fantards of the country’s premier state university and the country’s oldest. One Facebook status brewed up an intense debate (or should I say, trolling) among the involved groups.
Well, I would summarize my opinion in two bullets:
- None of our universities deserve to be called one, so no need for comparison.
- We’ll end up at a call center anyway.
I study in a state university where it seems that people, especially undergraduates, position themselves to be on top of the pyramid of tertiary education. Yes, I do agree that the school makes a significant contribution to the sciences, arts, political and social movement. I also do agree that the 60% passing grade we have is, most of the time, very elusive. I do agree that we have a role to play in society, being labeled as ‘iskolars para sa bayan’.
But I do not agree to this fantard notion that we are the best in everything, especially in comparison to other universities. After all, we do not possess a monopoly in knowledge; reality is, it’s not the university where one graduated that dictates if he or she will be successful in life.
And I do have friends from the other side of the fence whom I consider as equally intelligent as my peers in the ‘state u’. I visited their campus recently, and I do appreciate the painstaking work they made for the institution to survive and be respected as one of the country’s best (even if I have some contentions with their secular education.) Some of the best artists, scientists and other professionals came to that flood-prone place; no one can deny this fact.
Maybe we just have too much energy or hormones that is why we want to participate in these artificial wars - just like the ‘network wars’ among the Kapusucks and Kapamilyucks. As what a colleague told me, competition is good for the business - it rewards the most innovative and makes sure we get the best choices at the best value for the buck. But what I do not understand is how people treat these competitions too seriously, even way below the belt - with the bickering, name-calling and sometimes, physical violence.
Rivalries such as the Tiger-Tamaraws or the Blue-Green one is to be expected in university life, with all the anecdotes fueling the school spirit among the schools’ alumni. But let us remember that at the end of the day, we are still students. We are one in this struggle - to graduate, pass our subjects, prove to ourselves and to the people close to us that we can achieve, no matter where we chose to study.
And let us remember that we still perform dismal in university rankings. Millions of us are bound to be in menial jobs abroad or in call centers talking to pedophiles. And still, millions of our fellow youth do not even have the chance to be in universities. So, warla pa ba?