The Value of Education

From kindergarten to 2nd year university, I never had a problem about my education. My parents are more than capable to send me to school. My mom is an OFW and every dollar she sends to me gets converted to peso so its value becomes big. My dad is a police officer so he has a steady source of income. I never had problems about having to line-up for a promissory note or whatever.

Since high school, I was able to study in one of the most prestigious high school of our region, Xavier University High School. It is known to be one of the top schools in the city. In addition to that, it is also an Ateneo school, part of the schools run by the Jesuits,. Clearly, the school is both prestigious and at the top of their game. Of course, quality education does not come cheap (in the Philippines) and so my parents have to pay a big sum of money per year. My tuition for four years ranged from Php31,000 to PhP40,000. It’s a pretty hefty price but I never had problems with it. It was my parents who had to pay for my tuition and all I did was study and do good.

When I reached university, I enrolled at the University department of our school, Xavier University and entered the College of Nursing. At this point of time, I still relied on my parents to send me to school. I didn’t have to pay for anything. They paid my pricey tuition fees per semester and gave me my allowance. They also gave me extra money for my extra expenses and whats-it. Nursing is not an easy course and does not come cheap.There are lots of things that we have to buy and pay but I never had problems with money.

Now that I’m in Canada, I started to realize how important education is. During my two years of University at XU, I was quite the lazy student. If I don’t understand the subject, I only put like quarter of my effort, just enough for me to pass. I was not mindful of my actions and was insensitive enough to not realize how hard my parents worked for me to able to study. I almost failed some of my subjects. I was happy to get a grade of “D” for some subjects that I did not realize at that time how stupid my happiness was.

For this school year, I don’t have a chance to go to school. One because the deadlines are done and two because we don’t have enough money. University here is very expensive especially for us who were only here for a short time. We weren’t able to save enough money to send me immediately to school. It’s an awful feeling to think that what I took granted before is now what I’m yearning for.

I do hope to be back to school by next year. I don’t know how but I want to. Finishing a degree is very important for me because it’s something that I can hold on to for the rest of my life. This could be my only hope to succeed in the future. And how do I do that? Well, I’m planning to work for this year until before school next year to pay for my dues. Hopefully, I can go back to school next year. Hopefully.

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