Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Back to school?

I have never been a good student. Most people raise their eyebrows in skepticism when I say this, perhaps because I give off such a nerdy, brainiac, know-it-all air that it's hard to imagine me not being the paragon of academic diligence and excellence. But it's true: while I was never a delinquent student (I got decent grades, was involved in many extracurricular activities, and was liked by most of my teachers), I hated school: doing tedious homework, studying for what I now know to be poorly constructed tests, preparing for graded recitation, writing long papers for subjects I didn't give a hoot about (e.g. Theology), losing sleep cramming for pointlessly overblown projects. I slacked off every chance I got, and never went out of my way to enhance my learning or broaden my intellectual horizons. I couldn't wait to graduate and get a job, and once I did, I enjoyed working more than I ever did studying. I still do.

However, after having escorted Hanks to Beijing and revisiting Peking University, I actually started missing the student life. While I still prefer the liberties and privileges of being a working woman, there's a certain carefree self-absorption that a student is allowed, apart from the load of schoolwork. There's also the fun dynamic among classmates, and time to goof off and act stupid. :p I also started missing my Education MA classes (I had to take 18 units of Educ to get my teaching license), because unlike the major subjects I took in my undergraduate years at Ateneo, I got to put into practice the stuff I learned from my Educ profs.

And then like a sign from above, a few days after my return from Beijing, I received a parcel in the mail from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I had forgotten I requested for some catalogs from the California-based school on my sister's behalf. As I flipped through the materials they sent, I found myself growing more and more intrigued by the specific courses and comprehensive curricula FIDM offers. Their Merchandise Marketing program especially piques my curiosity, since it seems perfect for my current career path (i.e. helping run our family business). The idea of studying abroad also appeals to me, although when I turned to the page on tuition fees, I almost fainted upon seeing the figures. I know my parents would be willing to invest in my education, especially if it would benefit our business in the long run, but I don't want to be a financial burden to them (as it is I already feel like a spoiled baby sometimes).

As I told Fara and Elyse, I am still turning the idea over in my head and after some time, I'll see if it sticks, and if I am really determined to invest time and effort and my parents' money in furthering my education. For now, I am still content working for the family business... but who knows, in a year or 2, I might be dragging my work-weary 26-year-old butt back to school. ;p

15 Comments:

At Wednesday, March 01, 2006, Blogger Peej Bernardo said...

Sabi ko na nga ba, there's a hidden fashionista in you!

Iba ka na talaga, Ails! Hehe.

Ingat.

peej b.

 
At Wednesday, March 01, 2006, Blogger Crayzta Infernity said...

I know what you mean Ms. Lim, I sometimes feel that way. I sometimes feel that my parents invest so much on me that at times, ako ata yung pinaka pinaggagastusan sa aming magkapatid. The thing is, I'm the eldest. So...haha

But if you feel that it's worth it, then go for it. It will benefit you so much in the future. :)

-Christa

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Me a fashionista? Good heavens no. It's the business side of the garments retail industry that concerns me more. Besides, it's in my blood. ;p

Thanks for the encouragement Christa! I'm the eldest too, so maybe we're both just suffering from eldest child guilt. Haha. Anyway I have the luxury of time to mull it over. If I do decide to go for it, my readers will be sure to know. ;)

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ailee -- if you were planning on taking an MBA i would probably think twice too... but since this fashion institute thing is something closely related, not even closely related, but EXTREMELY relevant to the fam biz... why not?

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Abi? That you? :)

Why not? Well for one thing, it would mean taking a leave of absence from work, and right now my folks can't afford to let me go (feeling important, haha). Another is the astronomical tuition fees (wala pang dorm and other living expenses yun ha!). Then there's the thought of having to write papers and submit projects and take exams (UGH). And lastly, I'm afraid I'd just get into trouble over there (read: guy trouble ;p).

Or maybe I'm just trying to talk myself out of it. I dunno. :)

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006, Anonymous Jojojo said...

come to FIT or parsons so that we can meet in nyc hahaha...

the star of laguna beach went to fidm. la lang. so did monique lhuillier (however u spell it). my cousin goes there now... she has classmates who are in their 40s. it's never too late to learn!

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

I'd love to study in New York, and I'd love to meet up with you there! But the tuition and living costs would be even higher if I go to FIT. Instead of helping our business I'd be bankrupting us. Haha.

I don't even know who the star of Laguna Beach is. That's how old I am. :p I read about Monique Lhuillier in the FIDM catalog. Impressive how a Pinay is one of their celebrated alumni. :)

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006, Anonymous ria said...

Ey Ling.

After reading your blogs regularly (for such a long time now), and resisting to publish my comment whenever I disagree with you :-p),I just couldn't help but voice out my shock (Ok. So shock is an exaggeration!) this time around.

FIDM. Really? Whatever happened to journalism classes in U Penn? :-p tsk. And why not FIT in New York? In any case, the course is actually very interesting. I "sat in" one of their classes. Way cool. A couple of our batchmates from Ateneo are studying there right now.

Just in case you're interested in talking to anyone who went to school there to get some feedback, I have a cousin who just graduated from FIDM and took the same course which you're interested in. She's with Zara now. And I bet that she'll be more than glad to talk about her brief stint there.

Maf

 
At Thursday, March 02, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Wow, you actually posted a comment! I'm deeply honored. ;p

Hmm, I just might take you up on that offer and call your cousin one of these days. Or maybe we could even get together with her and chat over coffee. My treat, of course. :)

P.S. I never considered taking Journalism, in U Penn or anywhere else. I WAS thinking of enrolling in U Penn's Teacher's College a while back, but again, I was stopped by the mammoth tuition fees. :p

 
At Friday, March 03, 2006, Blogger Chacquie said...

^_^ hi Ms. Lim! :D hehe... it's me, Jackie! ^_^ (or chacquie, whichever you prefer :p) well, anyway, heehee! just checking out your blog! ^_^ I liked reading your entries ~lol :p anywho, just dropping by...!!! ^_^

 
At Thursday, March 09, 2006, Anonymous Cris said...

My English blockmate is leaving for FIDM this month, and she's so excited because they have a fabric library! Haha! She started making clothes last year, designing debut dresses and she even designed the whole bridal party of her cousin's wedding. Impressive, yeah? One of my good friends Kab, (she was in Integrity when we were in fourth year) goes to Parson's now, and she has really cool design classes! She's taking up design and management, so it's a pretty cool course if you're thinking of the financial aspect of your business since you've got the best of both worlds :D

 
At Thursday, March 09, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Ack, don't tempt me further! Haha. Yeah, I heard somewhere that Kab is in Parsons. Again, I'd LOOOVE to study in New York, but the tuition fees are scaaarrryyy. :p

Sidebar: Isn't Parsons where they shoot that show Project Runway? I'm really not into the designing aspect of the fashion industry, just want to learn more about how to run a fashion business, so the show doesn't appeal to me very much. :)

 
At Monday, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Jojojo said...

parsons has more than just design class. they have fashion merchandising and more business-related classes, too, just like FIT ;)

LA is expensive, too :( come live in philly then commute to nyc like a bunch of people i know who work in the big apple haha :) u were going to come here? i know an atenean doing grad studies in education here, plus an atenean turned harvard-ite (???) who's doing his phd in our annenberg school of communication (includes journalism as a major). cooooooooooooome. think of it as an investment... :D

 
At Monday, March 13, 2006, Anonymous jojojo said...

sorry, i meant design classES...

 
At Monday, March 13, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

We have family friends in LA I could live with so that would save a ton on living expenses. :p But New York is definitely my favorite city in the US. If I do end up attending FIDM I will definitely plan a side trip to NY (coast-to-coast! haha) just to catch a Broadway show or two. Join me? ;)

 

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