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!