Why is this article so familiar?
Right, because it reminded me of the Philippines’ college application process. When I was a High School senior I operated in a ‘Go for the Big 4 or Go Home’ mentality, and in retrospect, I realized how shallow that sounded. But you couldn’t blame me, that’s how my culture works. We were exposed to a system that values implied or imposed hierarchies. Ironically, that’s also the reason why I attended my high school- but that’s another story.
In the Philippines, we were so exposed to hierarchies that we normalized their existence and perpetuated them in our daily lives. However, moving in Canada and attending the University here was a different, and somewhat interesting experience. Here, people are more concern about getting a degree than which university you go to. Furthermore, the application process was pretty straightforward, and god, they didn’t even ask for my picture or letters of recommendation or a certificate of good moral character or a powerful, poignant, and amazing essay.
And I guess, I prefer that system more than the one that I was accustomed to. True, it’s hard to adapt from one mindset to another, but I’m willing to do it. If by doing it meant that the boundaries that segregates hierarchies will slowly disintegrate, then I’m in.
Furthermore, it would be purely hypocritical to fight social inequalities when you subtly and or implicitly operate in a ‘I’m-better-than-you-because-I-went-to-____ University’ way of thinking.
And just like what I said in the beginning of this post, I deeply believe it’s Shallow.