Freedom (from) the Press
Yesterday, after the ultra-tiring Sport Climbing class, I schmoozed with a blockmate from the CMC lib to the Main Lib to finally call it a day. We were talking a hybrid of peculiar things plus sensible ones like how Amae achieved the splendid podium as the Kule EIC and our other batchmates who were rumored to be pending on the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s scholarship list. It was fun, recalling all those “current events,” at the same time looking down on ourselves as mere Journalism students. Lol.
Ever since, this blockmate of mine kept insisting that she’s not a Journ-material for real, compared to our excelling batchmates; she said that evidently, she isn’t savvy on reportage and research. And I knew those admissions even before. And I, among our blockmates, have been pouring out my convincing powers to let them stay. Nonetheless, she wasn’t only the one who’s planning to shift. In my batch, there are lots of ‘em.
One of my batchmate dropped his 102 allegedly because of their self-important and haughty professor who’s excellent, yes in journalese practice however, poor in teaching.
Ye’ know those kinds of profs. Come to think of it, I thought he could make it big as a reporter someday. He purportedly wanted Sport Science or Education as to satisfy his pursuits.
One of the reasons on why people neglect the course is because it won’t buy them a mansion in Ayala, Alabang (Khan, 2008). Perhaps, they have thought that in the Philippines practicality is the most essential thing in the world. Being a capitalist and not arbiters or mediators could they attain luxury.
Mass Comm. is a test of luck and hardships, they say. It’s not selfishness, mind you. I wanted luxury, but I know I’m settled on finishing the Journ course.
I have a list of those who have misgivings on staying in the CMC/JournDept. Another blockmate posted on her Multiply blog that news writing fails her. I replied that I too hate it but niches are the juice of it all, just to counsel her thoughts. I have at least five other batchmates who has qualms on finishing a Journalism degree. One, I supposed, wanted to go to Broad Comm. Two wants to fly to Speech Comm. One said that if she flunks in Journ102, she’ll have Film. One just said that she wanted to be part of the SOCO (some CSI “counterpart” of the Philippines a.k.a forensic dudes), or to become a physician, or an architect or astonishingly, a police officer.
I have four blockmates who have shifted out since this year: three to the School of Economics and the other one went to the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. I tried my best to persuade them to stay but I was eventually scorched to a total dupe. My heightened persuading powers could only do so much. Their retrospection is that my interest is not necessary their interests too. The interest on choosing and taking a course, anyway, is never a communal aspect. Who was I kidding?
It’s sad, really sad. For once, even if there’s some petty divide among the K5 and K6 2006 people, I still wanted them to stay. Hayy. For the remaining 2nd year loyal Journ bloods, KAPIT LANG.