About Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology:
MSU-IIT is a public school and it is considered as a world class institution, yet our facilities are incomplete because of our insufficient budget, which is a result of low tuition fees. But we have lot of things that we are proud of. We are one of the best schools in the Philippines and the finest school in Mindanao. It can be scrutinized in terms of excellence in science and technology, intellectual students and topnotchers, exceptional and degree-holder professors, and advanced knowledge in respective fields of study.
About my college education:
Throughout my studies in MSU-IIT, I experienced financial problem because the combined income of my parents was not enough for us. That challenge brought me to alive. I became motivated to study hard so as to acquire Dean’s List Scholarship offered in our school. In this little way I helped my parents for my daily expenses.
However, in the last year of my studies, I was not able to avail the said scholarship because the subjects were already quite difficult. I had two critical subjects that judged my fate whether I would graduate of not. One subject was Individual Thesis that consumes time, money, manpower, and effort. The other subject dealt with Group Project about Proposed Iligan Industrial & International Seaport. The said project was good for one semester only. And we were much pressured because only limited time was allotted to us yet several things were required.
During that period, the situation became worse when I was chosen as president of the two organizations in our department, the Association of Civil Engineering Students (ACES) and the Junior Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (JPICE). It was a big responsibility to me and it became an additional undertaking in my studies.
At the end of day in my college, that tremendous storm was turn into a wonderful and pleasant atmosphere. I surpassed all the trials in my career. I graduated happily and received two awards, the Academic Award for being Cum Laude and the Leadership Award for being CE President of two organizations.
After all, I realized that nothing is impossible with God to achieve one’s goal in life. The lessons I learned are “Believe in yourself that you can make it” and “Do your best and God will do the rest”. And most specifically, hardworking and perseverance are my key instruments toward success!
My current job:
I don’t still have a job. After passing the licensure board exam in civil engineering last November 2012, here I am applying a scholarship for Masters in CE and waiting for the masteral class this coming June 2013.
Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering:
Civil Engineering is best suitable for employment opportunities. Consider the situation in the Philippines. Yes, many takers of CE Board Exam are passers. However, it does not imply that it will contribute to the increase of unemployment rate but rather it’s a big opportunity to us. First, we know that Philippines is a developing country and civil engineers are needed to construct infrastructures mainly for commercial, industrial and institutional purposes. Next, Philippines is prone to natural and accidental disasters that will eventually cause to the loss properties. In connection with this, civil engineers are one of the teams who are sought for the restoration of those damages.
When I was a child, it was my misconception that Civil Engineer is like a Carpenter who is mainly responsible for the construction of houses. But that delusion was corrected when I took this profession in MSU-IIT. I was surprised and interested after knowing the fact that the scope of our profession was not only limited for the construction of infrastructures but also covered various aspects such as coastal, geotechnical and environmental as well as in water resource management, transportation system, surveying, and other related matters.
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