Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dating Gawi

In 1997, I had to line up as a freshman in UP for an entire week to enroll. They made us fill up an insanely long form (the infamous Form 5). When I say they made us fill it up, I mean we filled the form up in multiple copies - all of them by hand. Apparently, carbon and thermal paper have not been invented yet in 1997, and computer printouts like the Form 5s they have now were unheard of back in the day.

I went back to UP last week to enroll for my MBA. I expected more from UP 15 years after my first semester. Sadly, some things just don't change like...doggoneit, the bureacruacy!

In order to enlist in 3 subjects, for which I had to pay 25x my tuition rate in law school, I was made to shuttle between the following buildings to "process my papers": College of Business Administration (CBA) - Office of the University Registrar (OUR) - CBA - Computer Center (CC) - CBA - Cashier - OUR. The distance between buildings in UP is no joke, by the way. It's a good thing I brought trusty old Bertha with me. Suffering from a heat stroke would have been the inevitable alrnative had I braved the commute.

All I'm saying is that UP should have more efficient business processes in place by now. The university's been operating since 1908. Probinsiya pa lang ang Fairview, may UP na. So why can't we get our act together? Ha?

Maybe I just got older. Maybe my standards changed. But I just really don't have the patience anymore to stand in line for hours because the grumpy lady at the window can't use both hands when she's typing our names in the computer. I have better things to do with my life. Like maybe go home to my son or earn a living. Naman.

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  1. at least it was easy to enroll for law, right? i'd heard horror stories about UP reg and was glad i didn't really have to go through it for law.

    i really don't think there's any excuse for this. money/funds can be raised. sometimes no one just wants to be the unpopular guy-- replacing incompetent employees, putting in new systems and making everyone learn new ways of doing things.

  2. Korek. Although I sometimes feel for the employees Yen. Most of them have been working for UP most of their lives. I can't imagine reporting for work everyday and having to deal with such dreary working conditions. I would be too depressed.


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