Saturday was a blast. Weekends usually feel this good when you spend five (5) long days in the office. So apart from another long weekend that we are all looking forward to (Monday is a holiday here in PH for Eidul Adha or the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice), I was more excited to check out the QS World Grad School Tour at the Manila Peninsula last Saturday (November 5th).
It began with a seminar-con-open forum, and an exhibit was opened for gathering initial information about the universities. Personal interview sessions were also conducted. For those who intend to pursue their Masters or PhD degree in the next 6-18 months, this is the perfect chance to consult and get expert advice. During the event, we were able to personally chat with the Admission Directors from top universities around the globe. I appreciate that they manned their booth spaces themselves!
The QS World Grad School Tour did preliminary assessment by requiring us, the registrants, to submit our updated CV. From there, our documents will be passed to the schools that matched with us. The Admissions Directors then evaluate our profile and contacts us for a meeting via invitation email. I received invitations from the Hult International Business School and New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia.
I was able to check out all the participating schools and meet with Mariano and Lauren of Hult International. They were very accommodating and the materials that they provided were really informative. As expected, I had to inquire regarding the scholarships that their school currently offers. Mariano was plain honest that scholarships are just a slim margin of lucky students since they had to keep up with being a premier university through the funds from the tuition fees. That was reality biting. It really IS expensive.
My favorite part was meeting up with Joshua of New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia. The campus is located in Singapore and offers programs in Animation and Digital Arts, Dramatic Writing, Film, and International Media Production.
This was the longest conversation that I had during the fair because I was able to have a quick chat about my personal pursuits in the field of arts vis-a-vis where I am right now. I love the school. I love everything that Joshua explained about going there, and how passion matters more than my field of study/job now. He told me about how fun it is with the clay models and stuff for animation at NYU Tisch. 😀
I found the ideal school for me outside the country, but the excitement kind of fades when you know that you have to come up with 46,000 USD for your tuition fee.
And then you smile because you believe and know that it does not stop there – it will never stop there. 🙂