Thursday, January 09, 2003


During my time as an undergrad at the University of the Philippines, chaos and stress were the order of the day whenever a new semester began. Enrollment and enlistment in all your needed subjects and courses were simply nightmarish - taking sometimes like an entire week of lining up, making deals, giving bribes, using contacts of contacts of contacts, begging the Registrar and burning away your last measures of hope and faith in the goodness of humanity.

But now, UP students can register for their subjects online here. They're given all the information they need plus real time accounting of slots left, etc.

It's unfair! Why, in my time, if you got sick during registration, you kissed an entire semester goodbye (or got yourself a horrible hodge-podge of electives that made no sense whatsoever).

The system has been in place for some time, but this is the first time I've been made aware of it. Kudos to the Engineering people who made it.

But it's still unfair to us old geezers who had to camp out overnight to make sure we got slots in popular subjects.


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