When I was in high school, I always want to fast forward the time. So I can be on college level. I thought it would be easier because you'll be more independent. Just like what my older cousins said.
But for me, entering college is really HARD.
First, I will be distant from my bestfriend and high school friends. I'll miss them so badly :(
Second, too many expenses. I'll pay school's tuition fee twice a year. Miscelllaneous fees. Allowance. Books. Fare :3
Third, there are lots of changes. 'Teacher' is now 'Prof'. 'Classmates' is now 'Blockmates'. 'Principal' is now 'Dean'. No more PTA meetings. Enlistment of subjects depending on your course.
Fourth, you'll take college entrance exams on the school that you want to enter.
TIP: Take the entrance exams of your top 3 schools. More choices, the better! Remember, taking UPCAT, USTET and etc is once in a lifetime :)
Lastly, you'll choose the course that you like and excel the most.
Well in my case, I took USTET, UPCAT and UECET. Fortunately, I pass them all. However, in UP, I wasn't able to get my first choice of course which is BS Biology. However, in UE and UST, I can enter any of my two choices of course and I, being a valedictorian was given full scholarship only for the first semester. We all know that UP is one of the best schools in our country, right? It is my dream school too. I refuse to accept the scholarship offered to me by UE and UST, but the dilemma is that the course I got in UP is not what I want. Well, my 4th choice to be exact :( Being a state university, there were only limited slots and the registrar told me I can shift after a year if and only if MY GRADES WERE GOOD. I'm dumbfounded. I envy my classmates who got their preferred choice in their dream school.
I'm thankful to those Freshman Block Coordinators and to my parents who encouraged me to go to UP. Sobrang hirap makapasok dito and I'm blessed to pass the exam without entering UPCAT review centers. Taking the risk is not bad. Who knows? What if the course I got is really the one for me? I'm determined. I want to go to my dream school, do my best to enter the course that I want and succeed in the future. :))
For now, I'm motivated because of my family. I want to become a doctor someday. Lord, help me po. I know You're with me always.