Two weeks ago, I took the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) for transferees. I prepared myself for that exam for over two months. I took a one-on-one tutorial at Ahead in Katipunan. I did nothing but review for weeks before the exam. I was surprised to find that they hadn’t change the test since 2007, and I don’t think they will change it any time soon. What was more surprising was the difficulty of the test. It’s either I’ve gotten smarter over the past two years or I’ve gotten smarter over the past two years hahaha!
Let me elaborate.
The first ACET I took was around 2008. I wasn’t accepted, obviously. However, I think I wasn’t accepted because I wasn’t mentally and emotionally ready for college. The next ACET I took was on 2009 along with the DLSUCET (De La Salle Univeristy College Entrance Test). I easily noticed the difficulty between the two college entrance tests. The ACET was definitely time pressuring, and the Math was a more difficult. I felt less time pressure in the DLSUCET, and it’s Science and Chemistry were much more difficult.
For some strange reason (which I’ve stated at the beginning of 2010), I got wait-listed for a degree I was excellent at, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Theatre Arts. I got accepted in De La Salle University for my first choice AB-Philosophy, then I shifted out to European Studies so I could pursue my master’s degree in Philosophy at Deutschland (hopefully at Heidelberg University).
Uhh.. I’m deviating from the topic again.
During the short break of the ACET, I found out that the guy sitting behind me was from DLSU. We shared the same belief about DLSU, and why ADMU (Ateneo de Manila University) is better than DLSU. In the end, we both agreed that DLSU just didn’t feel like a university.
Ever since I got in DLSU, I felt like I was still in high school, only the workload was much heavier. I came from a high school that taught us in college simulating environment, and that’s probably a reason why I feel that way about DLSU, but that’s just not it. I had a chance to experience the Atenean life for one day. I met up with a friend, and he showed me around campus. He showed me the people, the hotspots and the things about ADMU that only Atenean students knew.
He introduced me to his organization, and I quickly felt comfortable around them. We laughed, shared stories and jokes, unlike the organization I joined in DLSU. As I peered through their windows and unto the grounds of ADMU, the sensation I felt since that morning finally made itself clear. For the first time, I felt like I was a student of higher education. ADMU has this certain aura that made me feel like I’ve finally graduated from high school, while DLSU made sure that I felt like I was still in high school.
I hope I get accepted into ADMU :| They need me. lol