My Alma mater has changed plenty since my graduation in 1997. Here is an lca take 12 years after.
I graduated in the University of the Philippines in 1997. It was a time when the country is struggling against the Asian financial crisis. When I went back in 2009, the country is still struggling, this time with the Global financial crisis. Yet it is nice to know that some things do change, and some things change.
Let us start with the things that changed. Well mostly physical. Like the carillon is now newly refurbished. There were plenty of buildings that have undergone newer paint jobs, like the College of Business and Administration. The lawns were more manicured. The academic oval is now one way on weekends to accommodate joggers. Its a nice feeling to go back and see that things have changed. Somehow.
So what did change? I would have to say that the overall feel of the university did not. It still feels like it is a good place to study. It still feels like a good place to germinate ideas. It still feels like a good place to start thinking about serving the people. The air feels the same, most of the buildings are still the same and there seems to be a feeling that there are more things that would be in store after graduation.
And I think that is the feeling of gladness that I will take home when I left. That while the physical stuff changed, improved (or not). The ideals of the university of the people, and for the people continues to live on. With the new batch of graduates, and with its alumni