UP Saga 6-4: A Forever Student’s Thoughts on Resignation

When my mom offered to support me if I resigned so I can concentrate on my PHD, I nearly jumped at the opportunity. I mean, this is my most hectic sem and one professor (DTP) has me running around the libraries of UP, Ateneo and DLSU searching for a book that’s not even available in the Vancouver Public Library. -_-

And when I looked at this, my mouth practically watered:
http://www.etc.cmu.edu/site/program/what-is-a-met/

But I digress. The point is, I’m such a knowledge whore. I can withstand being broke, I just can’t stand working on the same things on a routine basis. Hell, I’m working so I can go to school. And I always take multdisciplinary courses because being immersed in the same field over and over and over again is kind of boring.  I wouldn’t even consider becoming a full-timer at APC had Gerard not dangled that 100% scholarship in my face. (That was back when he thought I’d choose to go to La Salle, which is expensive. He actually got a better deal when I chose my alma mater UP instead.) I love the freedom that part-timer status gave me, but I love education more….

I’ve always been an individualist so corporate eklavoo would never be my cup of tea and I would usually opt to resign whenever I am about to be promoted or when I’m told I have to give up my schooling.  If anyone ever thought that I’d weigh my job above my PhD, they’re in for serious disappointment.  So what am I still doing here and why haven’t I taken my mom’s offer?

My former boss, Gerard, told me two things:

  • Stay in that position for at least a year or two.  It will open doors for you in Australia if you want the big bucks for less work.
  • That position will help you access other educational institutions and grants. With less time for work and more money, you can pursue as many courses as you want.

I’ve been in this crossroad since last year and I’m still contemplating it. I guess I’m traveling down the road less traveled. The only other person I know who is just as starved for  information like I am is…Cris Dumlao. Why else would she have finished courses in UP, Ateneo (betcha no one knew that, huh), APC and now, Vancouver Film School while practicing in various industries at the same time?

mtcsmonti wrote on Nov 26, ’09
wow! so gerard gave you a timeline to work on… 2 years at apc? whoa! are you there yet? kawawa naman si robert kung iiwan mo sya. hmmm, can i give a goal to work on? make ABMA a COD? much, much, much better if it’s COE? what do you think?

skysenshi wrote on Nov 26, ’09
mtcsmonti said

wow! so gerard gave you a timeline to work on… 2 years at apc? whoa! are you there yet? kawawa naman si robert kung iiwan mo sya. hmmm, can i give a goal to work on? make ABMA a COD? much, much, much better if it’s COE? what do you think? 

i’m actually almost done with my course work. one more sem, then i take my comprehensive exams, then dissertation na. i plan to do my dissertation summer of 2010 para i already have answers for the comprehensive exam.

hindi naman kawawa si robert kasi i can see that he has vastly improved at nagiging mas confident na siya sa decision making. i only laid out the foundation, MIM style. malapit na ako matapos sa ground work and i can let robert take over completely.

pagod na kasi talaga ako eh. sabi nga ni robert bat ba ako nag 9 units. hehe. pero honestly, kahit nagco-complain ako about UP’s sucky system, i feel more alive there. it’s not just APC naman kasi ako nade-drain. for some reason para akong nawalan ng gana sa life and it’s only in UP that i can feel my passion coming back to the fore.

center for excellence? i actually already have the ground work and documentation for it and robert has already mobilized our faculty. i’m also targeting PAASCU. handa na kami, may isa na lang kulang na si robert lang ang makakasagot. hehehe. kaso ayun nga, may goal ako…feeling ko naman robot na ako. parang wala na talaga ako gana sa buhay. hahahha! emo ba?

mtcsmonti wrote on Nov 27, ’09
skysenshi said

may isa na lang kulang na si robert lang ang makakasagot. hehehe. kaso ayun nga, may goal ako…feeling ko naman robot na ako. parang wala na talaga ako gana sa buhay. hahahha! emo ba? 

alam ko na yung kulang na si robert lang ang makakasagot… is it the same thing na hinahanap sa amin ni connie? na pinapangarap ni jojo na matapos na namin. hehehe! yes, pansin ko nga na medyo emo ka lately sa mga blogs mo. bea? a robot? NEVER! 😀

skysenshi wrote on Nov 28, ’09, edited on Nov 28, ’09
mtcsmonti said

hehehe! yes, pansin ko nga na medyo emo ka lately sa mga blogs mo. bea? a robot? NEVER! 😀 

hm…ganito na lang, para mas madaling maintindihan ng mga tao ang nararamdaman ko…

alamo yung feeling ni bella nung nawala si edward sa new moon? GANON. teka, quotable itetch. LOL!

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