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University of the Philippines Los Banos

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M. G.
◈ Studied BS in Developmental Communication
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It's the top university in the Philippines that offered the perfect course suited for my interests, skills, and talents.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: Placed right at the foot of a mountain, with wide green fields dotted by countless of varying trees and building's designed by national artists' ruled by a certain kind of cheerful calm and quiet, UPLB'S atmosphere is very conducive for learning. It seems both entirely attached and separate to the town of Los Baños. The students seemed to have their own republic, everything was provided for in the community. It had the best professors that actively promoted critical thinking. Facilities were above average which is to be considered a perk already, given that it's a state university.

list bulletMy current job: After college, I worked as a writer and production assistant at a local broadcasting network (ABS-CBN) for more than three years. Currently, I'm a full-time graduate student taking up law. I still accept writing offers every now and then.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me two weeks.
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A. S.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I want to study in one of the country's top universities. Good thing UP Los Banos is close to home, that's why I chose it.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: UPLB is a very nice school. It is surrounded with nature therefore it has a very good ambiance. There are big trees and the air is very fresh. Students come from different provinces, some are rich, some are poor. They have varied cultures. But all are intellectual, competitive and friendly.

The professors push their students to work hard and learn what is important in order to succeed. They share not only their knowledge about the particular subject but also their experiences and life lessons that the students need in order to survive the course and to be tough in real life.

list bulletMy current job: I am an IT consultant.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 weeks after graduation.
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J. P.
◈ Studied BS in Chemical Engineering
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UP is a very prestige university. In fact, it is the top in the country and it also ranks well among asia.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: What I like most about UP is that it gives me freedom. Unlike other universities, UP has no uniform or even dress code. You can come to class on your pyjamas and no one would care. You can skip classes (as long as it's within the allowable number of absences) and still pass the subject. There are fun events like Feb fair, lantern parades, oblation runs, and the like. There are also a lot of academic and non-academic organisations you can join.

Aside from that, UP also gives me a wonderful learning experience. My professors have taught me, not only the technical knowledge I mostly needed, but they also taught me how to deal with real life and how to succeed in the industry. After all, it's not all about theories. Success does not come from being intelligent alone, your character is as important.

And although some of UP's facilities are not at par with the other "rich" universities, they have continued efforts to keep up with the needs of the students. We were still given the opportunity to apply the theories through hands on activities.

Also, to complement that, educational trips are also conducted to different types of industries relevant to the course.

list bulletMy current job: Packaging Engineer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months
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M. E.
◈ Studied AB in Sociology
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: University of the Philippines is the best University in the Philippines. I am very proud to say that among thousands of aspirants, I was one of the people who passed the UP College Admission Test.

University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB) is very conducive to learning. The University is at the foot of Mount Makiling and everywhere you look, you’ll be amazed on how beautiful the University is. We take pride of our Botanical Garden, Mudspring and Peak II and Flatrocks which are usual destinations for hikers, also you may want to experience the Magnetic Hill or tour around the International Rice Research Institute and a lot more.

On the other hand, University of the Philippines is still a state university so we really can not expect much when it comes to its facilities. Though basic learning needs are provided like LCD projectors, computers and air-condition we still need a lot of improvements when it comes to facilities like more comfortable chairs and some buildings need renovation. Aside from that I can not remember complaining about anything else about the University.

For me, UPLB is one of the most beautiful universities in the Philippines along with other University of the Philippines’ campuses.

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I am a running my own business.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was a working-student so after graduation it did not take me long to get my first job. I worked as an Human Resource personnel in an international company 1 month after graduation.
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M. K.
◈ Studied BS in Chemistry
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I believe that aside from it being a prestige school of our country, I liked it because of the environment. Elbi is a peaceful place where I connected with civilization and nature. I also hose the school because the Institute of Chemistry of UPLB is a CHED center of excellence. I believed that it can mold me not only as a scientist but also a good citizen.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: Elbi is a great place. Whenever I felt like I needed to unwind, I just tag my friends with me and we walked at the freedom park. There, we can have our realizations, we breath in the fresh air offered by the forest above us. UPLB is really a wonderful place.

Students and teachers are not that liberated like the ones at the schools at metro manila. Every teacher has principles. They unselfishly share their knowledge and they do it passionately. They never get tired of bringing hope to every scholar and they never stopped hoping for them to be successful in every way. I remember my Organic Chemistry teacher Dr. Evelyn B. Rodriguez. She may be a pain in the ass but darn! She is a very true person. She stands for what is right and she helps everyone who she thinks is going on the wrong direction/belief.

On the other hand, athough the facilities and buildings are not that new (in fact, our Institute's building's laboratories get rusty and yeah old), I think that the administration are making efforts to renovate every building. If I can clearly remember, the rooms are all airconditioned

list bulletMy current job: I am now a quality control analyst at a petrochemical company at Batangas City.
I get a say if the produced polyethylene/polypropylene pellets (the ones used for making plasticated materials) will be a prime grade, a near-prime, or even a black spec which is sold in lesser value. I analyze the pellet's properties like melt flow (measure of the polymer's viscosity), density, etc.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A month.
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D. M.
◈ Studied BS in Chemical Engineering
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: University of the Philippines is one of the premiere universities across the country. I chose UPLB because it offers unparalleled, high quality education.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The atmosphere is great, the environment is very conducive for learning. It is located at the foot of Maria Makiling, so the air is fresh and the views are great. It is far away from the hassle of the city.

The professors are topnotch. They do not spoon feed their students, but rather they let them learn through hard work. You are in good hands with the university professors there.

The facilities are improving. It is a state university after all. Some equipment is old due to low budget. But right now, they are starting to renovate the school, and they are building and buying new facilities to aide in the education of the students.

list bulletMy current job: I work as a quality assurance technician in a manufacturing company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I chose to take the licensure exam first before looking for a job. However, finding a job was very easy since some companies are already inviting me to job interviews even before I started applying to any company. That is one of the many perks of studying in a prestigious university, companies tend to look for you instead of the other way around.
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S. L.
◈ Studied BS in Biology
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: When the UPCAT results were released, I passed. And who would not grab this once in a lifetime chance? Studying in UP is a dream come true.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: UPLB is like a hidden paradise. All your eyes can see is green. It's like you're having a break from the polluted environment. It feels like home. Everyone is friendly and you'll definitely have a friend just by talking to the person beside you lining up to apply tuition loan, pay tuition, take an ID picture, get classcards, etc. Since it took like an hour or more before you get accommodated. It is where the inside joke came about the meaning of UP that is "University of Pila". And I think that time is enough for you to get to know the person sitting or standing beside you. And when you see him/her around the campus, you'll definitely get a smile from him/her. During freshman year, you'll have blocmates. But your blocmates aren't like the blocmates you hear from other schools where they'll be your forever buddies in your college life. You won't have them as classmates forever. What's cool in UP is that in every subject, you'll be able to see different faces. Yes, different set of classmates in different subjects. And you'll get fascinated if you see one classmate in three or more of your subjects. And trust me, if you have that classmate, he or she will be your sem buddy. There are a lot of organizations in UPLB which that have a lot of "pakulo" every now and then. And being a part of an organization is a necessity in UPLB because you won't have a cool circle of friends if you don't join one.

UP have very high standards with regards to their faculty members. So expect that you'll get to meet a pool of best professors in the country. During my freshman days, the profs were really nice. Some of them would somehow spoon-feed you but when your freshman days ended, your "baby" days have ended too. Don't expect that profs will still spoon-feed you. Do everything by yourself. They will train you how to be independent and how to use your brain, literally.

Since UPLB is somewhat "isolated", majority of the students coming from nearby provinces would rent an apartment (for rich kiddos) or dormitory (for less fortunate or just practical students). I love dormitories. They are way more practical and enjoyable. You'll gain a lot of friends and at the same time save a lot of money. Well, since UPLB is more than a century old, don't expect newly furnished facilities. You can classify the buildings as too old, moderate old and old. But you'll get used to it. Majority of the rich kiddos will complain for a bit but they'll definitely get used to it.

list bulletMy current job: My current job is a microbiologist in a pharmaceutical company.
I examine products and samples for possible bacterial/fungal contamination. If you were to ask my salary, it's twice the amount I'm expecting. For a fresh graduate in my field with no work experience, this is a perfect starting job.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Well, after graduation, I've decided to have a vacation first. I didn't apply and just stayed home for a month. I graduated o April 26 and decided to apply and send my resume online to a number of job vacancy referrals on May 30. It just took hours for me to get a phone call and to get an interview. After a week, I got hired!
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M. L.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1993

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: 1. The University of the Philippines' reputation as one of the premier educational institutions in the country.
2. I am a resident of Los Banos and it made sense for me to choose a school close to home.
3. Cost of education is relatively cheap.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: During my time, UPLB was a campus that is relatively peaceful and is isolated from other distractions (as opposed to Manila universities), which helped me focus on my education.

I had very knowledgeable and dedicated instructors and professors who have provided valuable guidance during my 4 years.

Additionally, I credit UPLB with providing me with language/communication skills that have been invaluable in the latter stages of my career.

list bulletMy current job: IT Consultant/Testing Manager.
I work for a technology consulting company that provides custom software solutions for their various business needs. As part of completing the software development process, testing teams are engaged to make sure that requirements are met and that the need is satisfied. I manage teams that perform that testing (across different methodologies - functional, performance, automation, etc).

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: About 3 to 4 months
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C. E.
◈ Studied BS in Mathematics
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UP is the national university. In particular, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics of UPLB is a CHED Center of Excellence in Mathematics Education.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The UPLB campus brings you closer to nature. Besides Mt. Makiling, UPLB houses the Makiling Botanical Garden and the Museum of Natural History. The university offers prime instruction and research in Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine. The professors would teach you to be proactive and independent in your courses. They allot consultation hours to maximize student learning. Facilities may not be at par with global institutions but you will definitely become a resourceful student, so long as you really want to learn.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Credit Risk Officer of a local commercial bank. I draft and propose policies to manage the credit risk exposures of the bank and I also make reports on the loan portfolio of the bank for the consumption of a Board of Directors committee.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 week
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A. S.
◈ Studied BS in Biology
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Parent-pressure, I guess. I originally planned to study at UST because most of my high school classmates intended to enroll there. But my mother insisted that since I was able to pass UPCAT, I must not blow this rare opportunity off.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The ambiance was very nice and laid back, very different from the Diliman campus (first choice).

The professors and instructors were of different sorts between lenient and terror but I find no problem in this because I strongly believe that I have gained so much from them, knowledge- and experience-wise.

The facilities were okay, maybe a bit rubbish compared to universities with sky-high tuition fees like ADMU and DLSU but I guess I have to thank the "so-so" facilities of my alma mater for making me so resourceful. You can only use the free internet (with limited hours/month) if you get your ID validated after paying the tuition fee. You also get to have a library card as well. There were many tables and chairs for everyone to use though electric fans were few and some students resort to bringing hand fans. But before I graduated, the library was developed- air-conditioned from the basement up to the last floor, more chairs and tables, and got wifi access.

There are also reading centers per college/department though a smaller in size. Benches are scattered throughout the campus where one can study. Students may also opt to study along the corridors and stairs if they want to.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Teacher at Cambridge International School, Tokyo branch.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After my April 2013 graduation, I didn't seek for a job since I enrolled in a crash basic Nihongo course. Then after finishing the Nihongo thing, I flew to Japan and then I started applying for teaching jobs. After more or less 2-3 months, I was hired.
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E. T.
◈ Studied BS in Economics
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: University of the Philippines is the premiere university in the country. It hosts the building of great minds that excel not only in the country but in the whole world. The university has the most number of excellence in many fields. As for University of the Philippines-Los Banos, they made themselves known for the influence they made on Asian agriculture and biotechnology. UPLB's atmosphere has peace and tranquility - which the busy city doesn't have. With it's wide fields of green enveloped by towering trees, one may find the real beauty of nature by just walking past the university. As beautiful as the scenery in the university is the mid-quality facilities of the institution. The facilities were able to provide just the right service they can give to the students - inasmuch as I wanted to say that we have the best facilities, I just would like to say that we have the best educators. I would really prefer a best educator with mid quality facilities than mediocre educators with the bet facilities a student can wish for.

list bulletMy current job: I work as an Analytics Associate in Maersk Global Service Centres, a business unit of the world's number shipping/logistics company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was employed a month after my graduation.
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F. P.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: UP Los Banos is a very big campus. It is very convenient for studying because of the trees that surrounds the campus.

The professors are also the best of the best in their field. They really encourage the students to study and to love their course. They are very friendly and easy to consult with during their consultation hours. Our grades are transparent and released immediately.

As to the facilities, we didn't have a complete set of modern facilities, yet we were able to make some improvised facilities to understand our subjects.

list bulletMy current job: After taking the board exam, I worked in an environmental law office which is a good move for me because I was encourage to take up law at present. But as a part time work, I was also hired to teach "gardening" to pre-schoolers in Quezon City.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Two weeks after taking the board exam, I was hired. My batchmates were hired also immediately after graduation as faculties, government employees, and others.
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D. M.
◈ Studied AB in Philosophy
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It is a good school because it is the premier university in the country.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The atmosphere is great. The kind of life I had there was very laid back and relaxed. I can study in a relaxed environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. UPLB is close to nature. I have the heart for nature.

The professors are very amiable, and easy to approach. They are mild-mannered, and kind. This is probably because of the environment they work in. The culture in UPLB is different in that it is a close community, where everyone knows everybody, hence, I felt my professors are just as approachable as my friends, classmates, and colleagues. It helped a lot in my enthusiasm to finish college.

list bulletMy current job: Lawyer.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 months since I finished taking the bar exam.
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R. T.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: In the country, UP is considered to be one of the best schools. It also offered lower tuition fee, with only Php225 per unit during my time.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: Located in the town of Los Banos, just below the famous Mt. Makiling, UPLB is surrounded with arrays of trees and wide fields that makes it impossible for you not to love the grandeur of the nature. It's one of the good reasons why studying in UPLB is better than in UPD, the peace and quiet and the freshness of air. UPLb has a very nice ambiance.

The professors were just as nice. Although some may be terror and some has a knack of failing their students, the majority of the professors and instructors are surely fun to have. They make learning a beautiful experience, leaving their students more eager to know more and become better students and better persons as a whole.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Warehouse Staff at International Flavors & Fragrances.
Prior to joining this, I was QA Analyst in Big E Foods Corp.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had a job 2 weeks after graduation, because I have been applying early on.
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J. A.
◈ Studied BS in Biology
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: Because it was the campus that I passed, and it was my goal to study in UP. It still is the best university.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The university itself has it's own culture and ambiance. The one where you feel that you are free to express what you feel and say what you want to say as long as it is in the bounds of reason and context. The feeling of pride and nationalistic zeal after graduation.

The professors are both smart and considerate, but still upholds their personal and the university's standard in learning. They understand the students I'm sure but understands very well what is at stake if they gave an easy credit. They are sure to give you hell on earth but with good reason. They are never beyond reason.

The facilities are decades old, some are more ancient than the oldest professors. But it is this environment that you learn how to innovate and adjust, as well as improvise. Though the facilities are quickly changing due to construction projects (but at the cost of higher tuition rates). There is never enough of anything since the student population itself is big due to the large lecture classes.

list bulletMy current job: I am a research assistant/ researcher/scientist. My work deals mostly with finding new knowledge through scientific inquiry. Hopefully our research is fruitful so that we can provide facts backed evidence that can be used to solve the country's (and the world's) problems.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Less than 2 months.
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J. C.
◈ Studied BS in Developmental Communication
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The university has a very friendly atmosphere. Since it's located far from the city, the environment is quiet and peaceful. This makes the place very conducive for learning.

The professors are inspiring as they are filled with knowledge and experience. They are just not experts in their field. They are the forerunners. Most of the professors are known worldwide for their achievements in their respective fields. In the classroom, they are warm and accommodating as well.

The facilities in the campus have undergone heavy renovations since then. Because the University of the Philippines is a public university, the budget of the school is quite limited. You can't expect to find the best facilities the world can offer. However, when the tuition fees increased several years ago, the facilities were significantly improved. Almost all classrooms are now air-conditioned. The gym facilities are all brand new. The infirmary and transport services in the campus are much more reliable. It's nice to know that the university is heading in the right direction.

list bulletMy current job: I currently work at Thomson Reuters - Manila as a Publishing Specialist for Legal Products.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After a month, I was able to get started on my career as a freelance writer. I am still a part-time freelance writer.
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J. M.
◈ Studied BS in Electrical Engineering
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: You cannot go wrong in choosing UP. It is the best school in the country! By entering UP, you are giving your self a limitless possibilities for success.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: I always keep coming back to UPLB even after I graduated because UPLB always felt like home. It is located at the foot of the famous Mt. Makiling and is surrounded with beautiful trees. The air is cool and fresh and it's beauty instantly relieves all the pressure and stress that academics has given me.

Knowing that the professors are mostly UP graduates, you can actually get along with them pretty well. They can relate to the students and they know how to effectively teach them to learn the theories and to develop the necessary skills and attitude that they will need once they leave the university.

Even though it is a public school, the facilities were considerably good too. Especially that our E.E. Building was newly built.

list bulletMy current job: I work as an optics network engineer in a manufacturing firm.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already had a job waiting for me after graduation. So I juggled my time working and preparing for my board exam.
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J. T.
◈ Studied BS in Agriculture
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I fell in love with the environment.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The campus is very conducive for learning in and out of the classroom. The cozy and laid back lifestyle adds charm to the place. I'm a sports-minded person, so the campus served as my training grounds for various sports and hobbies. The beautiful backdrop of the Mt. Makiling completes the ambiance.

Our university takes pride in it's highly-qualified faculty who share their expertise to students through various activities such as laboratory exercises, fieldwork, community exposure among others, and not just by merely lecturing. Our senior educators have many years of experience in their respective fields. The younger ones or the instructors, while imparting their knowledge on their students, also take up further studies, and are active in research and development.

In recent years, UPLB has been gradually improving it's facilities. Most classrooms are already air-conditioned and lecture halls are equipped with the latest computers. Laboratories are being improved with the installation of better and newer equipment. Buildings are being constructed and old buildings are being renovated.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a sales representative for UNAHCO.
I sell feeds and veterinary products to large-scale consumers, primarily commercial farms and feed-mills.
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J. F.
◈ Studied BS in Developmental Communication
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: First, it's UP. Best among the best. Next, my father works at the University library so I would be tuition fee exempted as part of the privileges of UP employees. My can't afford to send me to school anyway.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: UPLB will always be a second home. Being away from your family will really give you pain at times but UPLB will always makes you feel home. It does not make you feel that you are at school, well, you have your books, pen and notebooks and classes to attend to but UPLB will not make you feel like there is no life other than studying. Ambiance? UPLB is not just a home, it's a lifestyle!

Professors are different in and out of the class. They will make you feel that learning is not just within the corners of your classroom but it goes beyond, outside with the endless possibilities. Outside classes, in 'gimiks' and 'tambayans', they really blend well with the students. Sometimes, you'll just be surprised, the one sitting beside you is your Professor in one of your classes.

Surely, facilities is definitely comparable to Ateneo and La Salle. You could easily pin point the difference. We have less air-conditioned room. We still have old buildings which definitely need repair, major repair for some. But, these days facilities at UPLB are getting better. I believe the administration is actually making efforts in doing so. Anyway, that is what suppose to happen after they increase the tuition fee.

list bulletMy current job: Student Records Evaluator - as SRE, I am in charge of evaluating the academic records of the students from enrollment to graduation. An SRE works under the College Secretary's Office under the supervision of the College Secretary.

My office is actually flexible when it come to duties and responsibilities, aside from SRE duties, I also do some extension works like researches and paper presentations.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me about a month before I finally get hired.
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A. D.
◈ Studied BS in Chemistry
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UP is the country's most premiere university, I cannot imagine why anyone would not want to experience college life in UP. Aside from being the best in the country, it is being recognized across other countries as well.

In addition to that, during my time, UP offered a relatively low tuition fee compared to other schools. After all, UP is a state university.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: Being in UP means being free! You have the freedom to do what you want, wear what you want, say what you want. Once you enter UP, you will be exposed to different kinds of people from different walks of life, culture and religion. You will really appreciate this kind of diversity, it is very interesting and fun.

In class, you can meet classmates who are very competitive and this can motivate you to do good yourself. Professors are diverse too. They have different techniques in teaching that are sometimes efficient and sometimes not. I especially liked the professors who are fun and friendly, they make learning much easier.

The university is really wide. There are a lot of places to study or to hangout with. The wide green field and the big trees are very nice. The facilities are average. During my time, some classrooms were air-conditioned and some were not. But even though some were no air-conditioned it was still properly ventilated. There is the main library field with lots of books in different fields of study and at the same time, there is the college and department libraries that have books more specifically relevant to their specific fields.

UPLB community is the best there is. You can have quality learning and at the same time have fun as well.

list bulletMy current job: I am a quality assurance specialist in charge of laboratory testings. My tests involve gas chromatography, titration, moisture analysis, refractive index and density calculations.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 weeks.
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S. P.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: Great professors.

list bulletMy current job: Junior developer

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: From when I actually submitted my resume / actively looked? a month.
In general after I graduated? 5 months.
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A. F.
◈ Studied BS in Chemistry
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UPLB is a prestigious school and the center for excellence in many academic fields.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: Studying in UPLB was a great experience. The atmosphere is very conducive for learning. I was able to focus on my studies because I was far away from the noise and pollution as well as the temptations in the city. And it was really great to be around people with intellectual minds.

There are different kinds of students, teachers and staffs inside the campus. But each and everyone has their own unique characteristics that can make you are break you. So it will be wise to choose your crowd carefully. Sometimes there are professors who are, as they say, terrors that students should be weary about.

list bulletMy current job: Laboratory Technician. I test using gas chromatography, HPLC and spectrophotometry.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 7 months
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C. K.
◈ Studied BS in Biology
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: The weather is nice and is surrounded by nature. Far form the noise and pollution of Metro Manila.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The weather and the environment is suitable for learning. Quiet and relaxing. Plus if you want to take a break from your studies, there are a lot of places to go to and a lot of different people to go with. Study Life balance.

The Professors and Instructors are Very Challenging. They make you learn how to really think and really use your brain.

Some of the facilities equipment are "ancient", however I think it does not hinder in the pursuit of knowledge. It even makes the students and teachers more resourceful.

list bulletMy current job: Quality Assurance Analyst/ Microbiologist.
I work in a Food Manufacturing Factory.
I just Make sure that the food that we sell to our consumer is safe from harmful bacteria and fungi and free from toxins and harmful chemicals.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Around three months. I was unemployed for three months not because no one hired me. I wanted to rest first.
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E. D.
◈ Studied BS in Agriculture major in Agricultural Economics
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1975

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It had a high standard quality of education and the chances of studying in other countries after a bachelor degree on a scholarship was really high.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The ambiance is very nice as it is located on the foot of Mt. Makiling. The weather is cool because of the big trees and plants around the campus. It is conducive to studying.

The professors are expert in their fields because most of them had postgraduate studies.

list bulletMy current job: I was a university researcher until last year when I retired from UPLB. As a researcher, I did agricultural policy research work and part of it is to go out on the field, visit agricultural institutions and talk to stakeholders of the research I am doing to gather data and information to analyze. I was also given the task of teaching the course on data analysis for public affairs. After working in the university, I continued working at home on projects of the university by analyzing survey data which I love to do and so I enjoy doing it until now.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation I was hired immediately. As employers already came to us before our graduation and were told that we were already hired in their institution.
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H. V.
◈ Studied BS in Chemical Engineering
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UPLB is considered by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education to be the center for academic excellence in Chemical Engineering. A lot of UPLB graduates have already proven themselves in the academe and in the industry alike.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The campus provides it's students with an atmosphere that is very conducive for learning. Professors encourages the students to be the best in their respective field by making the students more competitive. They also impart all the knowledge they need as the fundamentals of the course. But most importantly, they ingrain values to their students that they can bring when they enter the industry.

list bulletMy current job: I am a cadet engineer in an oil industry. I am in charge more on process improvement initiatives.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I did not look for a job right away because I was focused more on preparing and taking the board exam. But I got a job 2 months after passing the board exam.
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G. N.
◈ Studied AB in Sociology
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1996

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I considered it as one of the best (if not the best) campus which can give me quality education and an edge over graduates of other universities. Furthermore, the tuition fee was relatively low and I am given the best education even if I am in the province. Being in the province means being home after school, less traffic, experiencing warmth from staff and classmates (not necessarily from professors)

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: UPLB was (and still is) conducive to learning and independent thinking. Literally and figuratively speaking, you experience a sense of freedom while upholding honor and excellence.

When I was a college student, I was mentored by the best professors in Sociology. They are not only known in the University but also in the Sociology and Social Science Circle. I would think that they have influenced studies about Sociology and Social Science in the Philippines.

list bulletMy current job: I am an assistant professor at UPLB.
I am handling both graduate and undergraduate courses in Sociology and the general education course, Social Science 1. I am assigned to teach the foundation course for Sociology major, General Principles of Sociology. I have at least taught almost all of the courses in sociology. I am also engaged in research activities.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after graduation, I was assured of a job. But, I waited for 2 months before the budget was released by the government for the job that I will be doing.
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R. L.
◈ Studied BS in Forestry
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: University of the Philippines Los Banos is the center for Forestry in the country. It was the first school to offer Forestry course under the College of Forestry and Natural Resources. It offers quality education and training on forestry courses through different fields. The University also uses up- to- date technologies and promotes scientific researches to students. Another feature of the University is the Mt. Makiling (field laboratory of the university) where students are train to do field activities and examinations.
It trains students in their specializations to combat specific issues in the country. It also exposes students on various events like international conventions and seminars. It also let students to study abroad through student exchange programs.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The university is located adjacent to Mt. Makiling and the college itself is located on the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve thus you will truly feel the what it meant to live in the forest. It's very relaxing and very suitable to study in. You can also visit botanic gardens near the school proper even in the dormitories.

You can be sure that professors and instructors offers a quality teaching skills. Professors/instructors are engaged in researches where they exposed the students. They give fair and good judgement on students. They help students improve on their specializations through laboratory experiments, field visits on places where you can be exposed to indigenous people, forest technologies and others.

The university uses up-to-date technologies and facilities. Most of the rooms are well ventilated and air conditioned. Courses on mapping are all computer- based and uses advance instrument. Every college has their own library and a main library are opened to all students even to the other students and researches outside the university. The university is also adjacent to the IRRI (International Rice Research Insitute) where there are libraries too. There are lot of places to study, you can be in botanic gardens, libraries, reading rooms and others.

list bulletMy current job: I am an Extension Officer II at the National Greening Program Coordinating Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in charge of coordinating to different regions in the country regarding monitoring and evaluation of NGP in their regions. Conducting field visits and monitoring on different regions.

* NGP is a national program of President Aquino aiming to plant 1.5 billion trees on 1.5 M hectares in the country.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated on April 2014, then I took a review class for the board exam in May. Then in the start of June I started applying and after a week and I'm working.
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J. C.
◈ Studied BS in Applied Mathematics
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: UPLB is close to my home. In addition to that, UP campuses are known for the quality of education they provide their students!

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: UPLB has an atmosphere very conducive for learning. It is situated just below Mt. Makiling and it boasts of a grandeur nature filled with trees and natural creatures. The air is very fresh. It is very peaceful and quiet.

The community provides you with your basic commodities such as apartments, grocery stores, bookstores and food chains. Internet cafes, coffee shops, photocopying and bookbinding centers are also lined up everywhere. You can also have fun night outs in the local bars.

The working environment across different colleges and departments promotes active learning, camaraderie and friendly competition. Working for your projects, assignments and thesis is both fun and productive.

The professors encourages their students to be the best that they can be. They have the passion to teach and the students under them become eager for learning. In UP, learning is both ways, an active interaction between the professor and his students. Most professors are strict because they are preparing their students for the real world, wanting them to work hard and deserve every incentive and every remarks given to them.

list bulletMy current job: I am a planning analyst in a manufacturing company. It's a supply chain job where you are to plan the schedule of raw materials purchase based on the actual consumption in the production area.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 3 months
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F. L.
◈ Studied BS in Chemical Engineering
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: It's got a good reputation when it comes to the "hard" sciences. With lots of centers of excellence and reputable research institutions within and nearby, it's hard for a science-lover to ignore the Science and Nature City. Also, my parents work in the University, so I get the following benefits:

Tuition was 100% free (except for the P45.50 student fund)

No expenses for food, accommodation, transportation (our house is in the campus)

Plus no need to buy uniforms. You can wear what you want, do what you want, live how you want to [and suffer the consequences... Just kidding].

So, summing all that up - it was the most economical, most practical choice for the stakeholders involved. I get a really good education without my parents having to spend as much as they would have elsewhere. Plus I get to breathe fresh air daily.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: It's at the foot of a mountain in a fairly rural area, so, as I implied already, the air is much fresher than in the city. If you're dealing with natural sciences, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and other similar fields, the place is simply perfect for hands-on learning. Major research institutions of the country are also located on-campus, or at the very least nearby, so it fits well with other "hard" sciences. If you're into research, I think this is also a good training ground.

The campus culture is what I would describe as "laid-back" - people love having fun and chilling. It seems to be paradoxical, though, that despite this attitude, most people seem to be bent on doing tons of extracurricular activities while juggling their academic workload. Be prepared to meet and interact with a wide spectrum of students - both with pleasing and pungent personalities. It's all part of the fun.

Most of the professors and instructors are good enough, effort-wise. While a few are sub-par, there were more than a handful of brilliant ones. It's nice to see that they're dedicated to their jobs despite being overworked and kind of underpaid.

The facilities are adequate if the allotted budget is taken into consideration: air-conditioned rooms, functioning (not all, haha) equipment, usable chairs, etc. They are definitely far from world-class and have a lot of room for improvement, but this isn't really felt as long as one hasn't any experience elsewhere to serve as comparison. There really is pressure for both students and instructors to improvise and make do with what is on-hand; thankfully, in my experience, creativity always saved the day.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a process engineer - I design "stuff" that you'll find in processing plants. There are many kinds of "stuff" involved, and typically, I have to at least find out how big these "stuff" should be. Sounds simple, but to make a piece needs consideration of what you're gonna put in that "stuff, " how much you'll put in, how you want to put it in, how you'll connect various "stuff" to one another etc. - all the while making sure not a single part will explode. Haha.

There's a lot of other possibilities, though. Academe, research, manufacturing, environmental compliance, quality assurance, production, project management. It's a really wide field - a double edged sword, if you ask me.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I took over half a year off to study for and take the board exam. After the board exam, I let a month pass before searching for jobs, just to have rest + more fun. I began actively searching for jobs thereafter, and it took me four months before I got hired.

So, 7 months (board exam review + board exam) + 1 month (own time) + 4 months (job hunt)...

12 months = 1 year. I like to focus on the 4 month active job hunt, though.
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N. N.
◈ Studied BS in Economics
◈ At UP Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose this school: I live in the area, so it's quite convenient and practical to study in UPLB.

list bulletAbout UP Los Banos: The air is fresh. Most of the professors (at least from the Department of Economics) are very competent. In the Department, we have enough computers for our Econometrics class. Our rooms are all air-conditioned. The rooms are in good shape. But for other Colleges, some rooms should already be renovated.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Science Research Analyst employed in UPLB for a UPLB-PCAARRD-SEARCA Project on Benefit-Cost Analysis of the PCAARRD Technologies for the Philippine Goat Industry.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was accepted to my current job more or less a month after graduation. I was also accepted in two jobs that I decided to decline.
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