It is indeed hard to decide on the career path that you want. Hesitation and doubts will just be around the corner. It may be because of not being able to pay the 6-digit tuition fee, being undecided on what your passion really is, being affected by your parent’s decision in sending you to the school that they want or leaving home and the people you grew up with. Many people’s childhood dream is to become a doctor, nurse, stewardess, teacher, actor, and engineer. However, the first step into becoming a bachelor is choosing what course to take and where will you take it. In reality, many preferred to be in a university and only a few have chosen to be in an academy.
Most high school graduates want to go to famous universities like UP, Ateneo, DLSU or UST for the reason that their students are assured to get a job after graduation. These people have experienced a more liberated kind of life compared to those who belong to the academy. Students from universities may possess Einstein’s intelligence or Plato’s wisdom but many of them lack to discipline themselves, manage their time and easily gives up when faced with a big problem. Since they have a lot of freedom within them they misunderstood its essence, it has its own limitations too. Freedom means more than just “ I am free to do whatever I want.” Taken literally, that approach would create anarchy. One’s freedom must not infringe on another person’s freedom. Defining freedom less humanely tends to make people lack respect, become irresponsible and make them complain a lot.
On the other hand, as I stepped on the sacred grounds of the academy, I could straightforwardly tell the difference. In a place where an authoritative insistence reigns, you will have no voice, you will have no choice. Whether you are good-looking or not, wealthy or underprivileged or smart or mediocre, no one would really care. Everybody will be treated equally. You all wear the same uniform, you live in the same quarters and undergo the same training. Your character and sense of honor are harnessed. When one of your comrades fails, all will suffer. This is where you will realize what camaraderie really is. You will also learn to care for one another and do what is right even if nobody is looking.
Everyone knows the difference between an academy and a university. Yet only a few have chosen to sacrifice their happiness in exchange for a better life. Multitudes of students have chosen to study in a university for a more relaxed and uncomplicated status. Being subjected to the pressure inside developed us to be better individuals. Boys became men and girls became ladies.
It is not a matter of how but a matter of when we can overcome our trials in life. Opportunities come in all sorts and sizes and it happens that I took the path less traveled. Not all may understand my situation right now, some might call me insane but I do believe that in every tunnel there is light in the end. It may not be now, but as it’s been said: no pain, no gain.