So dudes...today was the last day for enrollment in UP Diliman, and since I pretty much didn't get anything done yesterday, I rushed things today~..
Anyway, last step is payment..so let me show you this first.
Here is Vinzon's Hall in UPD. It's where most offices are in, including the OSSS or Office of the Student Scholarships and Services, where I need to go because I need to apply for a loan because, well...I can't pay full tuition just like that.
Here's a rough sketch on the first floor. The red line dots represent the line too the OSSS. One that I must wait in. Yeeeaahh...the drawing is not very accurate at all. Anyway, just so you have a view~.
Here's a sketch of the second floor.
And finally, the third.
And here's a sketch of how I swore my face twisted upon seeing that line.
Anyway..point is, WHY IN THE WORLD THE SUDDEN BOOM IN THE NUMBER OF SCHOLAARSHIP AND LOAN APPLICANTS???
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Yeah...I'm asking that but I know the answer anyway.
It's because of the Tuition Fee increase masked by the flawed STFAP (Socialized Tution Fee Assistance Program). Quickie, the STFAP is supposed to be designed as the "rich" students the ones paying higher tuitions to support the "poor" students who'll pay lower to none tuition.
When I was just in high school the idea of STFAP seemed so revolutionary (for a lack of better wording). It's like an ideal communism, the rich helps poor and they get the same assets or whatever.
But after more than a year in UP, when I was supposed to be paying only P600 pesos a unit but I was put in the "millionaire's bracket" of P1500 per unit, I have come to terms that the STFAP is indeed ideal communism. Emphasis on IDEAL because it can only exist in an ideal world.
The idea is that the poor student A, will pay, let's say...P300/unit for this enrollment, but then he has to apply for STFAP re-bracketing, papers here and there, and then you have to wait...but of course you still have to pay up first if you want to study because the waiting for the results of STFAP re-bracketing lasts for months. And then that result finally comes, you're hoping you'll get assigned to a lower per unit bracket but then no.....They put you in the millionaire's bracket.
Yeah...that's just my view for the STFAP, here's their FAQ.
okay...okay...Before I start rambling on flawed national budgeting and stuff, I should probably say why it affects just about any Filipino student here. Well, they're planning on using STFAP in every state universities and colleges remaining here in the Philippines.
So sucks to you...the line for OSSS will only get longer....and longer unless by some miracle the government approves on the full proposed Educational budget instead of spending them on military and stuff.
Good for you, if you're still reading this part...
So when I was in the bus going back here in the city, I was determined to quit Anakbayan, my organization full of hot-headed activists. It was so I could just, use my weekends on art stuff, tumblr, and if I'm at it...studying~..
I thought, my life was good~! My pops has a high-paying job, my grades are awesome, I have a pretty good internet life,
But then, seeing that freakin' long line of students, waiting their turn, in desperation to get quality education that was once easily accessible for every social and economic class; I got reminded of why I, about 14 months ago, went in that very same building for Anakbayan's orientation lecture, as an applicant.
14 months ago, I was there because I wanted to draw. Draw and show the world both the beauty and ugliness of our world and hopefully,
And then, I saw my comrade just when I was about to leave the building, she invited me to join some group discussion, I declined
I just got back my internet today so I'm sorry it's late but the assignments for the Secret Santa event will be sent to you dudes.....by Friday~.
Advanced Merry Christmas dudes~!!