Misconceptions Of Being An Atenean

The title sounds a little bit pessimistic, don’t you think? I just can’t help but point out some misconceptions I encounter or have encountered about being branded as an “Atenean” graduate while discussing the idea of taking up a Masters degree with my boyfriend.

1.) Ateneans are rich.

While it’s true that a lot of youngsters who go to an Ateneo school are pretty well-off, most of them are scholars-like myself. I can’t seem to understand why most people would generalize Ateneo graduates as rich and arrogant kids while most of us are just doing our best to maintain a scholarship in a prestigious school.

2.) Atenean graduates are bright.

We just study. Really. One cannot become learned if he or she does not, at least, read and comprehend  a certain subject matter.

3.) Atenean girls are “Maarte”.

Most, but not all. My friends and I even eat siomai and go to “ukay-ukay” stores to shop for our everyday clothes.

4.) Atenean graduates are preferred over other school graduates.

I guess this is just because for a long time, the Ateneo schools have built a reputation of producing qualified and competent graduates. But, this certainly doesn’t disqualify other schools. I myself am in awe of CU and MUST graduates here in our local city. They have been our close rivals for many years now. The Ateneo, I believe, has already found it’s leverage. It’s just a matter of time for other educational institutions to do so.

5.) Atenean guys are high and mighty.

Not necessarily. I have met a lot of batchmates from the Ateneo who are kind and humble in their achievements. Really, do not generalize, please.

6.) Transcript is everything for the Atenean.

Nope. That’s totally wrong. As our former Father President said in my highschool graduation, “grades do not define who you are.” It is you and yourself alone who make and define your grades. Maybe you’re too lazy to pick up your text book and try learning a thing or two about Business Statistics or Chemistry that’s why your grades are also too lazy to go up. It’s all in the willingness to learn.

I hope that we do not see ourselves highly above others just because we came from a highly acclaimed school or whatnot. As the cliche statement goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Many successful people came from the poorest of the poor, dropouts from college, from broken families, etc. Determination, willingness, and most of all, Faith in God, are what make men live and rise up to any challenge.

 “One does not simply threaten the Ateneo.” Words from Fr. Jett Villarin, a former president of Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan –  full of power and encouragement for anyone who goes whether to an Ateneo school or not. Being proud of where you came from instills in you a certain drive to win, to succeed. That’s what’s been keeping the Ateneo the cream of the crop.

May this inspire you to do more. “magis!”

Have a good day!

22 thoughts on “Misconceptions Of Being An Atenean

  1. “This blog, necessary pa ba tong gawin?”

    Really Michael? This is her blog. She can write whatever she wants, necessary or not. 🙂
    And from the tone of your reply, it seems like you have something against Ateneans. Please don't press your biases here. 🙂


  2. True! THIS! Why do we always insist that we brand ourselves Ateneo. Working with ADMU for several years and being exposed to ADDU (due to my present work), ADMU and ADDU have very similar culture. They even have their own conyo language. But XU compared to ADDU and ADMU, this is where I pull the you know nothing Jon Snow. Also, I dont think ADZU, ADNU, Ateneo de Iloilo and Ateneo de Cebu resembles the ADMU/ADDU culture. just saying. Im sorry to burst your bubble.


  3. Thank you for sharing your experience! I know it can give a lot of our readers who also experience the same stereotyping- hope that they too can be able to work in their dream companies without having to feel inferior with Ateneo graduates. 🙂 kudos


  4. That is the kind of mentality that is beneficial for both parties. Graduates won't become discouraged even if they are not from a highly acclaimed school because they know they stand a chance in the corporate world. Thank you for sharing! I hope more and more of our leaders will soon learn about Cebu employer's attitudes towards young professionals. 🙂


  5. This may be a bit off-topic, but it is in lieu with misconception #4.
    I am from Cagayan de Oro too, but I studied and worked in Cebu after high school. Just in comparison, although CdeO has a very high potential for further urban development (I believe we have a highly-educated workforce because of the presence of big universities, our location for one is a great trading point, costs of living is a bit low compared to other cities in the Phil. etc), but since misconception #4 still holds true for most companies and industries in the city, I think this is a really big factor that hinders CdeO to achieve full growth. There are less opportunities even for college grads just because they didn't graduate from XU. As a result, young and educated ones settle for less or go out abroad or to other cities, which is sad. Unlike in Cebu, most employers are open minded, they won't even mind if you finished college or not, as long as you can do your job. As a result, people are happy, opportunities come easier for anyone, progress is fast, and the economy thrives.. 😉


  6. Michael, did you even understand the article? The writer did not judge or even discriminate any school. Who is being immature here? It is a very nice article and very well said. Well sorry to say this but i do not even like your grammar and spelling ��.


  7. yes it is a sad reality. i was once a victim of that segregation. i came from Liceo de Cagayan and the one's picked up was from Xavier. after that incident, i sworn to only hire people from my school (which was a bad thing also but i did for a long time). 1 year after i wasn't hired by that company, a group of Ateneans was referred to me by my associates wanted to have their project thesis made. so i made their final project/thesis for a fee. weeks after, their other classmates came to be for the same reason. then years later i was known to be the thesis maker of (some) lazy XU students. it is fun to see how stereotyping leads us. i quit making thesis for students. and in my current professional career, i found people who just graduated a 2-year vocational course are better workers than those 4-year holders. while i was paid to do those easy thesis works, i realized IT IS NOT THE SCHOOL, IT IS THE PERSON. so for those HRs out there, don't separate other schools from XU, you may lose your opportunity to find the treasure of your company. 🙂


  8. Thank you ll for your comments, suggestions, criticisms, and opinions. I really appreciate it that you took time to read this post, even if it's still from an amateur writer. The misconceptions listed on this post are just what they are, misconceptions. Michael – I totally agree that now it's more on the willingness, hardwork, and perseverance of the graduate which is of higher importance rather than which school they graduated. And today, it's not “oh-you're-from-ateneo-i-choose-you” mentality that is practiced my employers nowadays. That's why i wrote down my thoughts on these misconceptions because i still encounter them often even today. I am happy that you also pointed out your thoughts. I really appreciate it!

    Four-eyed turtle and Anonymous #2- thank you for pointing out that I may have used the term “ateneans” in a more general sense instead of focusing from an XU standpoint. And yes, in so many levels, XU is totally different from THE Ateneo de Manila. Thank you for your corrections! It gives me greater honor that you, the readers have given your insights on my post.

    I still am quite overwhelmed. Thank you all so much! I hope I can write better blogposts which everyone can relate to and give opinions on. :')


  9. Hohai may kanya kanya tayong openyon at aminin man natin o hindi xavier is ateneo at ateneo includes xavier. Dito sa cagayan de oro hindi man kasing yaman ng mga taga ADMU ang nag aaral sa xu aminin natin na hindi kaya ng mga wlang kayang magula na pag aralin ang kanilang mga anak sa xu kung hindi rin lang naman ito magiging skolar oh S.A dahil hindi man kasing mahal ng ADMU ang XU pero para sa ordinaryong tao sa cagayan de oro ay mahal parin ito. At kay nga misconception na karamihan na pag XU la ay mayaman ka dahil sa xavier kailang mo ng pera para makapag enroled ka at talino para maka graduate ka kasi duto wlang removal exam at walang bayaran di ko sinabisabi na nababayaran ang ibang sikat na skwelahan ang sinasabi ko lang may mga practice sa mga school na ganon


  10. Michael, are you reading the article right? Because I think you are not. The article does not promote these ideas, instead she's actually explaining why these are not so.

    You said “The success in life is study not where school do you study.” which is exactly what the writer meant by the ” But, this certainly doesn't disqualify other schools.” line.

    I think you're the one who needs to “kumbaba”


  11. First of all, this blog referred to misconceptions of being an Atenean. Whether you like it or not, all Ateneo schools produce Ateneans. Ateneo de Davao, produces Ateneans, Ateneo de Cagayan produces Ateneans, and so on. Though de Manila is the famous of them Ateneo, you can't just put aside the rest of the gang.

    I agree though that the article is a bit misleading to have it entitled with the word Ateneans (as I've said, this encompasses all, not only the de Cagayan, but she writes it in the de Cagayan perspective only) and I guess that's the only thing that needs correction in this aricle.

    While you're right that most of the numbers here agree to de Manila, that also adds points to the article saying not to generalize that to ALL Ateneo, which would then be empowered by enclosing what Ateneos the writer is referring to.


  12. It's true to some companies. Minsan talaga may mga companies na students from the top schools mas pinaprioritize nila. Especially kapag fresh grad. Not to downgrade other schools pero that's reality to some companies. D ko naman sinasabi na lahat ng companies ganun tsaka wala nang chance yung ibang schools. Mas prioritized lang, di naman totally excluded ang others. Pero syempre pag matagal na sa work life, experience at achievements na ang basehan.


  13. I have to disagree on some of your points. True, Xavier University is an Ateneo school but it is not equal to Ateneo de Manila. Although anyone that comes from an Ateneo school is called an Atenean, the schools they're in have different cultures. Based on your blog post, you’re assuming a Xavier U perspective.

    Misconception #1 is applicable for ADMU people, not for XU students. Students who study in Ateneo de Manila are definitely affluent given that their tuition fee ranges from 80k-100k. On the other hand, Xavier U is for the middle to low class. There may be some rich kids but only a handful.

    Misconception #4 is true for CDO setting or in Northern Mindanao, for that matter. But if you’re talking about nationwide, it’s sad to say but Xavier U doesn’t stand out that much. They base it on the rankings of the best schools (UP, ADMU, DLSU, UST) in the entire Philippines.

    I am a graduate of Xavier U but I never called it “The Ateneo”. I find it sort of pretentious. I have been wired to call it Xavier University since grade school and am proud to call it that way. Rarely, I call it “Ateneo de Cagayan” only if people ask to expound about it. “The Ateneo” usually refers to Ateneo de Manila. You should remove the notion that Ateneo de Manila is the same as Xavier University. They are the same in the sense that they are both called Ateneans and are given Jesuit education but the culture, impressions, quality of education, etc are a whole different story.

    P.S. I’m not a hater. Just frank. More power to your blog ^_^


  14. “Atenean graduates are preferred over other school graduates”

    Who taight you that? Was it based on your experience or you're promoting the school?

    In board exam, lahat pantay pantay ang student and schools dun. And according to PRC, hindi ang Ateneo ang may pinakamaraming board passer. In finding job, pag may license ka, may tiwala sayo ang isang company. Pero pag wala, pahirapan na yan. Pagdating sa trabaho, it's not about the school ang hinahanap nila, it's about your skills. Kung school lang din pala hahanapin nila, eh di sana dun nalang sila sa school nagpatayo ng company. Haha. What my point here is, if not the school really do have problems, nakadepende na yan sa student. The success in life is study not where school do you study. Lahat ng school may positive and negative, and lahat ng school for sure, successful, kaya nga sila nakarecord sa DepEd diba, dahil kaya nilang makapagtapos ng isang student. And let's don't judge other school. If graduates ka ng school na yun, i'll listen to your opinion, pero im sure, pag nakagraduate ka kahit saang school, ipagmamalaki mo rin sila. This blog, necessary pa ba tong gawin? Instead na pag aaral at pagkukumbaba ang gawin mo, do you really need to do this? I red na scholar ka, I hope you're thinking right bout doing this. Be mature..


  15. “Atenean graduates are preferred over other school graduates”

    Of all the misconceptions you mentioned, sadly this one rings true. I know of an HR specialist whose manner of segregating applications is by the school the applicants graduate from. She takes applications from graduates of Ateneo to her right and to the left from other schools. The left side goes to a special folder and ends up in the active file.

    Of late, while other schools' graduates are given a good shot at entering big companies, Ateneans get the most attention as many shakers and movers in the organization are graduates of Ateneo schools.


  16. “Atenean graduates are preferred over other school graduates” Its also because of the quality of education Ateneo schools offer. Not only that Ateneo graduates (not all though) has conscience, from all the recollections/ retreat/ FFP and religious studies subjects. A lot of employers in Cagayan de Oro or in the Philippines prefer jobs seekers from Ateneo school kay proven and tested na ang skills and competence. Still graduates from other skills like MUST, MSU-IIT and CU are also in the same level. I think the playing field on college education is almost equal between those schools. In looking for jobs in the Philippines education, skills and experience really matter


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