WRITING 101: Dream Chaser

Dare to Dream
From: http://www.survivefirstaid.com.au/portfolio/dare-dream/

Wait until someone say YES to your dream. – rosemawrites

Recently, Ryan of Musings on Whatever a post titled “School Sucks”.

He said, “However, the sad reality is that a diploma wouldn’t guarantee employment. Not everyone can afford higher education. Poverty among other reasons hinder a lot of children to finish school and drop out instead. Plus the fact that school tend to be unattractive.”

As a Filipino, I clearly understand and agree to his points. I said:


For me, the best education is not priceless here in the Philippines. Education, that is a supposed to be a right, is actually a privilege here.

We have three universities that are among the top 100 universities in the world. That’s an achievement, yes. But those schools are just a ‘dream’ for most of the Filipino students.

There are some who are deserving enough to have scholarships. That’s good news. But they are just so few.

I also dreamed of setting my foot in one of those universities, University of the Philippines, to be specific.

But I am not able to take the entrance exam, because it’s costly. My tatay and nanay are also against about it  because we really cannot afford it, even with a scholarship grant.

I have completely accepted that, so I took my degree at Bulacan State University. With the help of two scholarships and with my father’s unceasing hard work, I was able to graduate.

Just when I thought that I am now ‘someone’, I was awaken that I am not.

The playing field is not fair, because most of the employers will judge you not in terms of what you can do but in terms of where school are you from.

I applied in a well-known newspaper company where I had my on-the-job training.

I passed the initial writing exam. I passed the interview with the editor-in-chief.

I passed the interview with the operations manager.

I was really happy. It felt like my dream is really possible.

Until I faced the chief officer. The company owner’s wife.

I was asked to write a story and then another one.

I waited. Then she called me.

She asked a few questions. I answered nervously.

Finally she said,

“Thank you for your time.”

Those words crushed me. It crushed my dreams, too.

Even with a diploma and a medal, I felt worthless.

Why a sudden no?

It’s because I am from Bulacan State University.

Until now, I get teary-eyed when I recall this experience.

It’s just the lowest point of my life that I almost gave up my dream of becoming a writer.

But after 3 years of prayers and persistence, someone FINALLY said a YES to my dream.

I am now a PR writer. But this is just the start.

So for those who are products of State Universities, hold your head up high!

Yes, there will be rejections! Yes, there will be a lot of discriminations. 

Yes, your schools sucks!

But hang on.

Someday, someone will believe in you!

Keep the fire burning.

Keep the dream alive.

It will not be easy, but it will all be worth it.

Take it from a dream chaser. 🙂

In response to Blogging University’s WRITING 101 Day 8 assignment.

Day 8: Expand a comment

Do you ever peek at the comments you’ve left on other blogs? You might find ideas for future posts. Perhaps you left a response on a writer’s post but could have said even more, or wrote the beginnings of a larger discussion.

Look for a comment you can expand on — one that can evolve into a new post, where you can continue the discussion or address a related idea or topic.

Does your country has the same discrimination?

Can you relate to my experience?

What are the dream that you are too afraid to chase?

Please tell me.


49 thoughts on “WRITING 101: Dream Chaser”

  1. Does your country has the same discrimination? I was a college professor for more than thirty years in Indiana, U.S. Sometimes people would tell young adults to lie about where they graduated from. You needed to have graduated from Indiana University or Purdue University.

    Can you relate to my experience? I took many classes at IU, but that wasn’t where I graduated. I fought the prejudice every year with parents unhappy with their children’s choice of school. I taught at four different colleges, but not at IU. Purdue was too far away. In the last ten years or so parents and students as well started taking their first two years at a community college and transferred their third year. That way their degree said IU.

    What are the dream that you are too afraid to chase?
    I want to write and take more illustration and painting classes. I also want to get another degree in English. I know I have a talent for both.

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    1. Oh, thank you for answering my questions with all honesty.
      I haven’t lied about my Alma Mater and it has its toll.
      Please chase you dream. I also plan to get a master’s degree. 🙂 Society’s unfair but who cares. Let’s be dream chasers! 😀


  2. A great post, full of inspiration for anyone chasing a dream! Discrimination is everywhere, sadly it’s something I don’t see changing for a long time yet, but as more people chase their dreams and resign to make it no matter what, it breaks down the wall…brick by brick 😀

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    1. Thank you! Thank you. I have no hopes actually, that discrimination will not exist. As long as there is rich and there is poor discrimination will remain. We really have to strive hard to break those wall, piece by piece. 🙂

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  3. Well, I am from India and good education, everywhere, is expensive. I went to college for an engineering degree and was not offered any job demanding knowledge from my core sector, electronics. Instead, I have been offered positions in an IT and a analytics firm. I have nothing against that, except, I would have really loved to work in a field in which I graduated. If I didn’t have an education loan, I may have opted for higher studies and entered the education sector. But that won’t be till some years later, when I have paid off the loan.

    Many of the students graduating from the not-so-elite colleges end up working in IT industries, in spite of their different educational background. While some are happy with it, some aren’t. And those who aren’t have a difficult struggle in finding jobs in their area of choice.

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    1. Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts, Appy! 🙂
      Your country is still better than mine. Sorry for those who will take this negatively but that’s the truth. You have your options. Not your dream jobs but you still have jobs. Here, there are a lot of engineers who have no job at all. Despite the fact that they are board passers. That’s also the reason why there are a lot of Filipinos working abroad. This is sad but it’s the truth.

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      1. Yes. I wish I could say things would get better. But sadly, a degree does not always equate to a job, in my country or yours. I don’t have statistics to compare your country against mine, so wouldn’t get into the better-or-worse stuff. But it’s true that even with education, today’s youth suffers badly.

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  4. Ito ang pinakamasakit na katotohanan sa Pilipinas. Ano mang hirap ang dinanas mo sa kolehiyo kapag industriya ng kalakaran na pinagusapan, para bang balewala na lang ang lahat ng hirap mo nung nagaaral ka pa lang. Bakit? Dahil ba sa hindi tayo produkto ng mga sikat na unibersidad? Yung mga pamantayan sa trabaho na sinasampal sa mukha mo: “graduate of any 4-year course from a ‘reputable university’ is required for this position.” Sa tagalog: oh yung mga graduate ng UP, La Salle, Uste, Ateneo anong pang hinihintay niyo?

    Isang makabuluhang paksa ito.
    Great post! 🙂

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    1. Maraming maraming salamat Giselle! Mula sa isang produkto ng hamak na State University ko ramdam ko ang hirap na hindi lang natatapos sa paghahanap na maibabayad sa matrikula. Mas higit ang hirap kapag nasa industriya ka na ng mga elistista. Ang sakit lang na walang halaga ang diploma at kahit ano pa mang medalya dahil ang unibersidad mo ay hindi kilala.
      Realidad ito. Yun ang mas nakakalungkot.
      Salamat sa pagbasa! 😀

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      1. Naku hindi “hamak’ ang isang State Univ. Maraming propesyonal ang naging produkto ng state univ lalo na ang BSU. Balita ko maraming pumapasa lalo na mga engineering grad. At ang forte talaga ng BSU ay Education kaya utang yan sa lahat ng mga estudyanteng masisipag magaral para may pambayad ng matrikula. Medyo alam ko yun kasi kapitbahay niyo lang yung school namin. 🙂 🙂 Proud Bulakenya din!

        Totoo nga iyon. Ibang iba ang karanasan sa kolehiyo pag dating sa trabaho. Ang daming graduate ang may potential kaya lang di nabibigyan ng oportunidad. Ang resulta: wasted potential. Sana ituloy mo lang yung pangarap mo para ipatunay sa kanila na wala sa antas ng pinagaralan o klase ng eskwelahan ang batayan para pangarap. (okay, too much drama on my part) 🙂

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      2. Serious? Sang school ka ba? Pareho pala tayong Bulakenya! 😀
        Oo. Maganda ang engineering at education courses ng BSU. May top notchers nga sila sa board exams ng Engineering. Pero sa media industry hindi nila kilala ang BSU. Ilan lang ang kilala nila. Kaya mahirap. Pero push lang! 😀

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      3. haha. Taga-LaCo lang ako. Gulat nga din ako nung mabasa ko sa post mo BSU ka. Sabi ko bulakenya ka din pla. Balita ko magaganda mga taga bulacan. Hahaha. Joke! Bias! Marami akong high school classmate na nagaral sa BSU. Dun din graduate kuya ko. Saka fan ako ng literary works ng BSU. Kaya di lang hamak na state univ yun. Yun nga lang lagi naming kaunahan sa pila sa Mcdo at iba pang fastfood. haha 🙂

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      4. Talaga ba??? Akala ko UST ka. Haha! 😀 Gulat nga ako nung nagcomment ka eh.
        OO magagandang tunay! 😀
        May mga classmates din ako na LaCo. Karamihan educ sila. 🙂
        Yung iba kasi hinahamak kami. hahaha!
        Sosyal kasi ang BSU may pa-McDo. Hindi nyo talaga sila mauunahan. hahaha

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      5. Bakit naman sa UST?? Relate na relate kasi ako sa topic niyo. 🙂 Di ko mapigilang di magcomment. 🙂 Tapos nalaman ko pang bulakenya ka din. 🙂 Saka realidad talaga yun eh. Madami akong kakilala na graduate din ng Communication Arts na nagshift ng career kahit passion nila ang MassComm.

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      6. Feeling ko lang. Hahaha!
        Truths. Karamihan sa mga kaklase ko, nasa BPO. Wala namang masama. Pero bunga kasi iyon ng katotohanan na sarado ang pinto ng media lalo na print media. Sa GMA, ABS, may mga BSU na Masscom. Pero sa newspaper iba talaga. Bigong bigo. Haha

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      7. Oo nga eh. Mostly sa BPO napupunta, yung hindi in-line sa course. Malaki din kasi salary sa bpo compared sa mga private company. Saka usually project employee ka muna sa mga network kaya walang choice yung iba.

        Sorry ginawa ko nang chatbox yung blog mo. Anyway, yun na nga point nung post mo. Regardless of the ugly truth, our dreams are worth chasing after. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rosema! Mabuhay ang mga Bulakenyo! 🙂

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      8. Ang saya mo lang kausap kaya walang problema! Haha
        Patuloy nating ipaglaban at pagsikapan ang ating mga pangarap. 🙂 Sana ang kaisipang ito ay matanim din sa ibang katulad nating MILLENIALS. 😀 Mabuhay ang magagandang bulakenya! Hahaha 😀

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  5. Beautiful and inspiring, Rosema! I’m still in highschool, so I wouldn’t really know about the universities just yet. But most people in my level aspire for higher studies abroad. Almost every senior I know is or has been abroad for studying. America, Australia, Canada. You name it.
    The sad thing, though, is that most of the people who do stay in the country have to work harder and harder. A job that an undergrad could qualify for a decade ago now requires an MA. I’ve only heard of it from my brother, something he calls education inflation. To top that off, our government recently put a VAT on all private education institutions. The ones on the universities was withdrawn because of severe protests by the student body. The ones on the schools remain.

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  6. I can relate. Although I didn’t went to school for writing but medical, I still can’t get a job in that field. Down here in South Carolina, US, it’s always who you know versus where you been and it’s sad. You can have the education, job experiences and still get no work.

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    1. Oh. That’s depressing, too. The who-you-know-system also happens here. The worst is it comes with where-did-you-graduate-system. So it’s just the worst.
      What we can do is just be determined to make our dreams come true by putting it into action. Before I become a PR writer, I volunteered as a community Journalist and it upped my resume. I also attended a lot of seminars to enhance my skills. 🙂

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  7. From my experience, the only way to get the job I wanted was that I had to know someone who worked, of course the interview came first. A lot of companies don’t look at where you have studied and got your degree. They pretty much look at how much experience you have in the field. It sucks because you’ve been told all of your life that if you want to get a great job, you have to get a degree. While you’re attending school you’re not really being prepared for the real world. You can have the education but without the experience you’re pretty much stuck where you are. So keep pursuing your dreams, don’t ever give up. Great post.

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  8. A great post, reminding me of how schooling system was in Pakistan and how I dealt with it. I am one of the very privileged ones as my parents always got us in good schools and universities but how standards vary from public institutions to private was an eye opener and highly disappointing. Good job on assignment

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  9. my second child is a product of Bulacan State University (civil engineering).. am a product of Bulacan College of Arts & Trades, gosh, am i devulging (or is it divulging?, whatever, you are the authority here @rosemawrites) my real age here.. am i getting off-topic? lol.. i myself is a dream chaser.. my site’s tagline “Live the Life of Your Dreams” speaks for itself.. good thing that you fought for your dreams, that that one setback didn’t derail you from pursuing that dream.. bulakenya, eh.. long live bulakenyos!!! am from bulakan, bulacan nga pala..

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    1. Wow. Hello kababayan! We are both Bulakenyos pala. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by. BSU’s engineering courses are well-known now and at par with the quality of other reputable universities. BSU actually has a produced a lot of board exam top-notchers. 🙂
      It was nice knowing you! 🙂

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  10. Everything you said, am going through right now. Its one reason why I started this blog. I graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in sociology. only to find out that employers really want people with real world work experience, not just a degree. Every job application I submit is probably discriminated because I lack experience. No one willing to give this guy a opportunity to show what he can do. Am hope one day I can write a post about being a dream chaser just like you rosemawrites.

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    1. Thank you for reading. You are definitely going through some tough time. I can vividly remember how it felt. It feels like all of the doors are shut. But just like what I said, someday someone will say yes to your dreams. 🙂 It will not be easy, that’s for sure. But it’s possible. Just wait with faith and with action. 🙂 Try to sharpen your skills. Attend seminars or try activities related to your field. 🙂


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