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Ateneo Survival Guide: On Facilities Outside of the Ateneo Campus

Despite what people may think, an Atenean’s time isn’t spent entirely on studying.  Students also need to attend to more mundane matters like sleeping, washing their clothes (or having them washed) and taking that occasional breather from the stresses of college life.

If you’re fairly new to the Katipunan area, there are a few places that can help provide these services for you.

Bed, Board and Laundry

For those who prioritize proximity for board and lodging, the most obvious choices would be the Cervini and Eliazo dormitories within the Ateneo campus itself.  On the other hand, if you prefer some space away from the learning institution, there are a bevy of decent alternatives available.

One Burgundy Plaza and Burgundy Place along Katipunan Avenue are but two examples of these.  These are also noted for housing two popular gimmick areas (more on those later).

The other streets near Ateneo also host other places you can stay in.  You can find the likes of Golden Crescent Mansion (Rosa Alvero St.); Eagle Star Condominium and My Place (F. de la Rosa St.); CDM, Sunrise and Casa Baronessa (E. Abada St.); Loyola Heights Condominiums (along the corner of E. Abada and F. de la Rosa) and the new Studio 87 (Xavierville Avenue).

There are still other places you’ll stumble upon when you leave the Ateneo premises.  Besides, available boarding houses usually advertise within the campus and without.  Just keep your eyes peeled.

It helps if you can do your own laundry, but if you’re really stressed out and you need help, there are at least four laundry services nearby:  Rustan’s Supermarket has an Alphinc (or something like that) laundry service inside and a Laundromat nearby.  The Casa Baronessa compound I mentioned above has Laundry 415, while Loyola Heights Condominiums serves as the headquarters for E_Labako and Wash In A Rush.

Entertainment Venues

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many malls in the immediate area (Though there is SM Marikina, if ever you feel like traveling a bit).  If you’re an electronic gamer like I am, you’re in for a treat:  there are several places you can visit for your video gaming needs.

Among the plethora of internet cafes in the area, two of the most noteworthy ones are Hobby Stop (corner of Katipunan and F. de la Rosa, in front of Ateneo Gate 3) and Blue Skies (a short walk away from Hobby Stop along F. de la Rosa).  I’ve noted these two because they offer more than just internet services and games for MMORPG and LAN parties—they sport some next-gen consoles as well (The former has several PS3s.).

If you’re looking for niche establishments that cater to one specific console, however, consider dropping by Frii Spirit (at One Burgundy Plaza) or XBX Interactive (at Burgundy Place) for Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 gaming, respectively.

Finally, if you’re feeling a bit “crabby,” you may also wish to check out a place dubbed Game Crab over at FBR Arcade along Katipunan.  It’s the place to go to for board game fun.

Lots to Go Around

Whether it’s sleeping quarters, or laundry or just plain old entertainment, there’s no scarcity of places to visit around the Ateneo area.  Take the time to tour the surrounding streets when you can.  Who knows?  You may just like what you’ll find.

Ateneo Survival Guide: Academics

So you’ve passed the ACET and you’ve made it to the Ateneo—congratulations!  A lot of people consider that much-coveted slot in the University on a Hill as a great achievement, and rightfully so.

That’s just the beginning, though, so don’t get cocky.  If you thought the ACET was challenging, be aware of the fact that it’s really only a taste of things to come.

The Power of One

The Ateneo workload has this nasty tendency to creep up on you when you least expect it to.  Grow complacent and the next thing you know, you’ll be drowning in a mire of paperwork and requirements.

To counter this, develop the habit of doing a little bit of work on a daily basis.  Even if there’s nothing pressing at the moment, study or do some important school-related stuff.  That way, when crunch time comes, you won’t be scrambling to get things done at the last minute.

Probably the only exception to this is Sunday, or whatever your day of rest is.  The thing is, there may be certain crunch times when you may need to do some work even on your supposed day of rest.  During normal workload times, however, it will serve you in good stead.

Credit for the above advice goes to my mom and a former professor of mine.  My professor claimed that he used to go out and watch movies during exam week because he did a little work a day, everyday.

Support Systems

Have you ever seen people studying together?  There’s actually a good reason for that.  Shakespeare quipped, “a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved.”  Now this is not to suggest that studying is actually a cause for sorrow; rather, it does suggest that anything that feel too burdensome for a single individual can actually feel lighter if accomplished with friends.

The Ateneo workload can be challenging, especially during the so-called hell weeks or months.  One of the things that will keep you going is the support of other like-minded people.  Just make sure you hang out with positive, encouraging and edifying people or else you’ll end up burdening yourself all the more.

Admittedly, this is one principle I learned relatively late.  I was too busy playing the strong, silent type to truly appreciate the need for companionship and social support.  Thankfully, some good, faithful friends taught me invaluable lessons about the finer points of social support.

Theology in Action

ADMU is a Catholic institution, so expect the Jesuits to feed you a plethora of theology for breakfast.  While you’re at it, you might as well make the most of it by putting it into actual practice.

Mind you, don’t just pray when the pressure is on and you desperately need divine intervention.  The trick is to pray at the start of the semester, and even when things are going well.  Remember that daily discipline I mentioned above?  The same holds true for prayer.

Finally, realize that no one ever passes the Ateneo on their own strength—they’ll need the help of their Maker and other people to do so.  Keep that firmly in mind, give it your best shot, and you’ll do just fine.

Ateneo Survival Guide: University Culture

Every school has a unique culture all its own.  In fact, the atmosphere of a school may very well be one of the deciding factors of whether to study in it or not.

If you’re thinking of studying in the Ateneo College, allow me to tell you a little bit about it.  This should also help mitigate the effects of the culture shock for you as well, especially if you didn’t come from the Ateneo high school.

Before I proceed, a caveat:  I’ve based the following observations on my experience of the school’s culture at the time.  Since the only constant is change, your experience of the said culture may end up being a little different from what I’ll be describing here.

The People

My mother once told me that you could immediately spot an Atenean by counting the number of books that that person carried around.

Of course, that was during her time.  Nowadays, Ateneo college students can look pretty laid back—except during exam time.  If it’s the geeks who carry the books, it’s the rest who carry themselves with a certain sense of confidence or accomplishment.

Oh, and it’s fairly easy to spot a guy who came from the campus’ high school—he’s usually the one following the ladies around.  Seriously.

The presence of the fairer sex may be no big thing for you if you’ve spent some time in a co-ed institution, but for those who’ve had to live with a sausage fest for four years, studying in the college may be likened to a captured wild stallion escaping his corral.  It is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one.

Over on side of the university’s teaching staff, expect to run into a motley crew of professors and other school staff:  they can range from the extremely orthodox to the delightfully kooky to the maddeningly eccentric.  Some may astound you, others may entertain you, still others may bore you to tears, but one thing’s for sure, you will learn something from them, regardless.

Campus and Academic Life

One look at the Ateneo compound will tell you that it’s quite conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.  Several buildings housing classrooms, departments and other facilities are spread out over the entire campus.  The landscape people made sure the area was dotted with grassy fields and a bit of foliage for good measure.  All in all, it’s perfect for contemplative walks or peripatetic sessions.

Like any good academic institution, Ateneo has its fair share of student organizations for that extra-curricular flavor.  In fact, there are probably just as many organizations as there are courses.  Some organizations cater directly to certain majors, such as the various management societies.  Look around enough and take your pick—chances are you’ll be able to find something that captures your fancy.

The academic pace in Ateneo can get pretty hectic during the so-called hell periods (hell week, hell month, etc.).  Fortunately, the University has its set of chapels and its very own church where one can concretely practice theology.  It’s not surprising to see the number of pray-ers getting down on their knees as the final exams draw closer and closer.

The Choice

If this sounds like a good atmosphere for you, by all means, apply at the Ateneo.  It won’t be an easy journey, but then again, the really worthwhile experiences normally aren’t.  If there’s one thing I can guarantee you about it, however, it’s this:  after going through it, you’ll never be the same again.

Ateneo de Manila University: Acceptance Procedures for Students of Dual Citizenship

If you have dual citizenship – that is, a Filipino AND a Something-Else citizen – you will need to do the following after you received the letter informing you of your acceptance to the Ateneo de Manila University:

1. Confirm your slot

The decision letter from the ADMU will tell you how to do this.  Be sure to follow the instructions to the letter and submit all the required forms by the designated deadline.  The slots in each course or program are given away on a first-come, first-served basis; if you don’t immediately confirm your slot, you may lose your place in the course of your choice and you will thus have to settle for a spot in a different course.  This course may not be as ideal as your original course, in which case you will have to file for a request to change course or wait until after your first year to shift courses.

2. Present the following documents at the Office of the Registrar.

You will need to go to the Office of the Registrar and present the following so you may be enlisted as a Filipino student:

  • Philippine Passport (photocopy)

You must submit a photocopy of your Philippine passport and keep the original passport handy for verification purposes.

  • Foreign Passport (photocopy)

Since you are a dual citizen, you will also need to show the Office of the Registrar a photocopy of your foreign passport.  Of course, you’ll need to have the original with you for verification purposes.

3. Enroll for your first semester in the university.

Do this and let your ADMU student life begin!

Ateneo de Manila University: Acceptance Procedures for International Students

If you are a foreigner who has been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you will need to do the following:

1. Confirm your slot

The decision letter from the Ateneo de Manila University contains information on how to confirm your slot in the university.  Follow it to the letter, please.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 10, 2009 to secure your slot and confirm your intention to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University, so be quick about it.

2. Fulfill Pre-Registration Requirements

After you have confirmed your slot, you will need to go to the Office of the Registrar to submit the following pre-registration requirements:

  • Foreign Passport (photocopy)

You must turn in a photocopy of your foreign passport (again, you need to bring along your original passport needs for verification).

  • Student Visa or any other Valid Visa

After you have been accepted to the Ateneo de Manila University, you must visit the Philippine embassy or consulate nearest you to obtain your visa.  Generally speaking, you need a Student Visa to study in the Philippines.  However, any other valid visa (that is, a visa that puts no restriction upon you to study in the Philippines) will be accepted.

  • Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card

The ACR I-Card is an alien identification card that looks pretty much like a credit card.  Embedded in it is a microchip with your biometric information.

The ACR I-Card is simply the card-version of your paper Alien Certificate of Registration.  This card version, however, has formally replaced your paper ACR and you will need to present it for transactions where your alien registration status needs to be confirmed.  To get the ACR card, you will need to go to the Bureau of Immigration.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 30, 2009 to submit all pre-registration requirements.  If you fail to do this, you will not be allowed to enroll.

  • Certificate of Residence for Temporary Status (CRTS)

This should be valid for the semester or term of your enrollment.

3. Enroll for your courses/classes.

At the designated enrollment date, enlist for your desired or prescribed courses.  Remember that international students are required to enroll in 3 Filipino language courses.

You will also need to pay a Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee of PhP 27,825.00 (around 580 USD at the current rates of exchange) apart from your tuition and other enrollment dues every enrollment.  Note that the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee may vary slightly from year to year.

You will not be charged this fee if you are one of the following:

  • A resident alien (as defined by the Philippine Immigration laws)
  • Part of a special exchange program
  • A non-degree student

If you are one of the following, you may be granted an exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee:

  • The child of OFWs
  • The child of Filipino expats
  • A missionary or part of a religious mission

To find out if you are exempted from the Foreign or Non-Resident student fee, you will need to submit the following:

  • Letter of Request for Exemption from the Foreign or Non-Resident Student Fee
  • Documents to support your claim for exemption

Note:  There will be a much more detailed article on the Ateneo de Manila University’s application for admission and registration procedures for international students, so be sure to check Academic-Clinic.com from time to time.

Ateneo de Manila University: Procedures for Accepted Applicants

This article will tell you the steps you need to accomplish after you receive the decision letter informing you that you have been accepted as a student in the Ateneo de Manila University.

Congratulations!  You have received the decision letter from the Ateneo de Manila University informing you that you have been one of the chosen few to be accepted as a new student in the university.  What do you need to do next?

  1. Answer this question please:  do you wish to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University?

YES: Good for you.  Move on to the next step, please.

NO: Why are you still here?  Kidding aside, if you have other plans, then you won’t need the information you’ll find below so move on to other sections in Academic-Clinic.com that pertain to your chosen university.  Can we interest you in the University of the Philippines?  How about the De la Salle University?  Or choose your university from among this list of universities.

  1. Confirm your acceptance or slot in the Ateneo de Manila University

It doesn’t matter if you are a Filipino student, a foreign student or a Filipino and Whatever student (Dual Citizen, in other words), you will need to confirm your slot – and you need to do it fast.

Confirmation of your slot means the university will reserve you a spot in the course you have selected.  Intake of new students per course is typically limited or restricted; the place on a course is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you don’t confirm your slot immediately, you will lose your place in your desired course and will have to settle for a slot in a different course.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 10, 2009 to secure your slot and confirm your intention to enroll in the Ateneo de Manila University, so be quick about it.

What do you need to do to confirm your slot?  You will need to submit certain documents to the Ateneo de Manila University.  Note that you will find the same information in your acceptance letter.

Confirmation Requirements for accepted applicants

  • Form 138 or your Report Card (original)

First on the list of things you need to submit is your Form 138, also known as your report card from fourth year high school.

  • Birth Certificate (photocopy)

You also need to submit a photocopy of your birth certificate.  You should keep the original copy, of course, but be sure to bring it along for verification purposes.  If this is not convenient, at least bring a Certified True Copy of your birth certificate, still for verification purposes.

  • Reply Slip

Check the acceptance letter that you have received from the university and look for the Reply slip.  Fill it out completely then send it back to the university with the required attachments.

  • PhP4,000.00 Confirmation Fee

Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a free lunch; the school will charge you four thousand pesos to confirm your application.  You need to pay to secure your slot.

Again, remember to confirm your slot on or before the deadline.  One thing you will quickly learn about Ateneo is the fact that it’s deadline-driven.  Yes, most schools are probably like that, but the Blue Eagle Institution tends to go the extra mile in this area.

Take note that that applies to applications, first and foremost.  If you so far as miss the deadlines for submission of documents, you will likely have a hard time explaining yourself and getting into the university for that school year.

Special Leeway for International School graduates

If you are a graduate of an international school (whether based locally or abroad), ADMU gives you some leeway.  If your Form 138 or Report Card is not yet ready (that is, waiting for the report card will make you late confirming your slot), you can send the following in its place so your slot may be conditionally confirmed:

  • A certification of graduation from your High School Principal or School Headmaster.  This certification must indicate the exact date when the Report Card will be released.
  • A letter signed by you and your parents indicating that you have no intention of withdrawing your conditional confirmation of your slot in the university.

If your determination to enroll in the university has not flagged after taking care of all the above-outlined tasks, you need to move on to the next step.

  1. Answer this question, please:  do you like the course or program to which you have been accepted?

YES: That’s good.  Skip the next step and go on to step #5.

NO: Don’t worry, this can be easily fixed.

Determine what course you would like to pursue.  After making a decision, write a Letter of Request for Change of Course to the Ateneo de Manila University Office of Admission and Aid on or before the designated deadline.  Remember, however, that you cannot request a change of course if you haven’t confirmed your slot so be sure to do step number 2 first before you request a course change.  After confirming your slot, immediately submit your Letter of Request for Change of Course.

Important Note: If you have been accepted for the first semester of Academic Year 2009-2010 (begins this June 2009), you have only until April 13, 2009 to submit a Letter of Request for Change of Course.  The decision on your request will be released on April 17, 2009.

After submitting your course change request, move on to the next step.

  1. Answer this question:  has your request for change of course been approved?

YES: Go on, don’t be shy.  Do your little dance routine.  After that, you can go on to the next step.

NO: That’s tough but no deal breaker.  You can still apply for a course shift after your first year in the university.  Get over this minor inconvenience and move on to the next and final step.

  1. Enroll for your first semester.

I should think this section needs no elaboration.  Paste on a smile to your face and be your sweet and pleasant self when you go to the university registrar for enrollment.