Saw “What Ateneans Do Wrong After Graduating” by Janine Motos only today (thank you, Sir Karl R. De Mesa).
My issue with this piece, apart from the grammar (and I was picking on grammar long before I was an Atenean, mind you), is that though it has some very good insights, it forgot some very important lessons ingrained from your English 11 all the way to your Philosophy 104: never generalize.
Sure, there are many Ateneans just like what the writer describes (let’s be honest), but there are also many who exhibit the exact opposite attitudes. At the same time, it is not only Ateneans who need to read this, as I do believe that it is not the school that determines your adult outlook.
I’ll admit that I am proud to have come from this school, and maybe that doesn’t make me the best person to pass a judgment on this blog post. But I’ll also admit that I don’t have it all figured out–it’s the prime reason for so many of my sad, lost, drifting blog posts from earlier months. I’ve just left a system that I finally got good at after spending most of my life in it. Someday, I’d like to return to it as a teacher, but that day is far away. For now, permit me to say, I actually want to get a little bit lost.
From one fresh grad to another, Miss Motos: we both need to get out more.